For the third time in the last twelve months, Trinity Christian (4-1) knocked off the Valwood Valiants (4-1) from Valdosta. Ben Snipes defense took charge early, and Colby Jackson broke loose in the third quarter leading the Crusaders to a 35-0 win, Friday night at Cleve Warnock Field.
Our defense really played well tonight, said head coach Steve Price. Our special teams did a much better job. It was a win we needed after last weeks loss at John Milledge.
The Crusaders got an early break when Valwood fumbled on the games second play. Jackson recovered the fumble on the Valwood 24. Four plays later, the senior tailback scored from three yards out. James Hobbs added the PAT to give Trinity a 7-0 lead with 9:18 left in the first quarter.
The Valiants could not move the ball on the Trinity defense, but the Crusaders could not take advantage of the great position they enjoyed throughout the first half. Valwood held Jackson to just 64 yards on 13 carries in the first two quarters. Trinity turned the ball over on downs inside the Valwood 30 yard-line on their next four possessions.
In the third quarter, it was all No. 33. Trinity took the second half kickoff, and on the second play from scrimmage, Jackson went off tackle and seem to be stopped after a short gain, but then suddenly broke loose from the pile and raced 64-yards for his second touchdown.
The Crusaders forced another three and out, and after a short punt, took over at the Valwood 30. It took 10 plays and a pair of fourth down conversions, but Jackson finally scored from the one to Trinity ahead 21-0 with 3:27 left in the third quarter. A 14-yard reverse by wingback Eric Shepherd set up his score.
Hobbs intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards into Valwood territory. Jackson then scored on a 41-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach. It was just another night at the office for Colby, who finished with 205 yards rushing on 26 carries. 136 of those yards came in the third quarter. Jackson now has over 1,100 yards on the season.
Trey Tyler scored on a 23-yard run in the closing minutes to round out the scoring.
Weve got some guys that are really improving for us, said Price. Austin Frost is rotating in a lot at linebacker and hes getting better every week. Josh Mayo has really stepped up on defense and is playing well.
After rotating with James Hobbs most of the season, Sophomore Will Johnson went all the way for Trinity at quarterback and finished the night completing four of eight throws for 58 yards.
We would like to get continuity at quarterback, so we decided to go with Will tonight, said Price. James is just so versatile. Hes a great receiver. He plays defensive back, and does some kicking for us. We feel like he can help us in so many other areas.
The Crusaders are back on the road next week, traveling to Monticello to take on Piedmont Academy. Kickoff is set for 7:30 on Friday night.
Trinity 35, Valwood 0
Score by Quarter
V 0 0 0 0 0
TCS 7 0 21 7 35
First Downs 3 12
Att. Rushes 28-67 41-284
Pass Yards 8 58
Total Yards 75 342
C-A-I 3-9-2 4-8-0
Penalties 2-11 7-55
Punt Avg 4-25.8 0-0.0
Fumbles 3-2 1-1
T-Colby Jackson 3 run, James Hobbs PAT
T-Jackson 64 run, Hobbs PAT
T-Jackson 1 run, Hobbs PAT
T-Jackson 41 run, Hobbs PAT
T-Trey Tyler 23 run, Alex Barfoot PAT
TCS Colby Jackson, 26-205; Brandon Hayes, 6-24; Christian Stevens, 2-21; Trey Tyler, 2-28; Eric Shepherd, 3-5; Will Johnson, 2-1.
TCS Will Johnson 1-2-0, 17 yards
TCS Trey Tyler, 1-16; Eric Shepherd, 1-29; James Hobbs, 2-13