TAMPA, Fla. – There’s nothing like Friday night football, especially when a trip to the state championship is on the line. At Jesuit last night, the then-undefeated Tigers (13-1) fought tough but came up short against a more experienced and more powerful Orlando-Bishop Moore (13-1) in the Class 5A State Semifinals.
Malik Davis opened up the scoring for Jesuit with a 68-yard touchdown run on the Tigers’ opening drive. However, Bishop Moore outscored Jesuit 21-7 from that point forward and the rest was history.
The overall play of Davis in this game will be dissected as well who else stood out in this intense battle. Here’s an inside look.
Trilion Coles adds two touchdowns
Only a sophomore, running back Trilion Coles sure plays much older than his age. Coles scored two touchdowns in the second half as Bishop Moore pulled away and took over the game.
Here’s his first score, a one-yarder on a power stretch run with 7:57 left in the third quarter to put the Hornets ahead 14-7 and for the first time all night.
His second score seen below was even more impressive as the 5’10”, 182-pounder broke outside for a seven-yard touchdown run to move Bishop Moore ahead by 14 with under a minute left in the game. He has some serious speed and he shows it here with an initial burst down the right sideline.
The son of Laveranues Coles, Trilion is rising fast and should be featured often Friday afternoon in the state final against Crawfordville-Wakulla.
Rayshad Lewis flashes his athleticism with red zone interception
Living under the shadow of his Pro Football Hall of Fame father, aka linebacker Ray Lewis, senior cornerback/wide receiver Rayshad Lewis made the play of night reeling in the second red zone interception for Bishop Moore. Jesuit faced a 3rd and goal late in the third quarter, trailing 14-7, and Lewis looked like a true pro jumping wide receiver Larry Hodges’ route and picking off Danny Boon.
Lewis is well on his way to a solid college program. At 5’10”, 160 lbs, he isn’t nearly as big or ferocious as his father Ray, but he’s quick and smart on both sides of the ball. He should excel at the next level as a cover corner. His Twitter handle is pretty clever as well, @ThatOtherLewis.
Collin Hartmann stands tall
Senior quarterback Collin Hartmann isn’t the most polished passer, but he got the job done on Friday night. The 6’1″, 175-pounder is quick in the pocket and had some big runs of 12 and 16 yards in the first half. His 30-yard run in the fourth quarter set up Trey Page to score a big touchdown early in the fourth quarter to put Bishop Moore ahead 21-7.
Nothing was bigger than the throw Hartmann delivered over three Tiger defenders to senior Joe Wallace. Hartmann found Wallace for a 36-yard grab on 3rd-and-6 with under two minutes left. Bishop Moore proceeded to run some clock and added a separation score from Coles (seen above). Hartmann stood tall in the pocket and showed how clutch he can be. He’s also a point guard for the Hornets basketball team which explains why he’s so elusive.
Kendrick Torain continues to mature
Only a sophomore, wide receiver Kendrick Torain has shown up during the postseason. After recording his first career touchdown, a 40-yarder against Lakewood in the regional quarterfinals (video here), Torain has been confident as of late.
He caught a 25-yard grab on a 3rd and long and Jesuit needing a first down trailing 21-7 with just over eight minutes left. On the next play, he ripped away a possible interception from a Bishop Moore defender to make the catch. Nick Perillo scored shortly thereafter to cut the deficit to seven.
At 6’1″, 160 lbs, Torain will improve even more as a junior if he can add some muscle. He’s quick and crafty, so a little power would give him an added dimension.
Nick Perillo hauls in a touchdown in his final game
In what turned out to be his final prep game, senior wide receiver/defensive back Nick Perillo scored an impressive 15-yard touchdown. At 5’7″, 175 lbs, Perillo isn’t going to win many jump balls, but on this perfect pass from junior Danny Boon, Perillo made a perfect play on the ball to give Jesuit its second score of the night.
Malik Davis contained after opening score
After Jesuit junior running back Malik Davis scored a 68-yarder to open the game, Bishop Moore didn’t give him much room to run.
Davis did add 103 rushing yards on 20 carries following the game’s opening score for an average of 5.1 yards per carry, but he had only three runs of five yards or more.
He had an 18-yard run in the second quarter that set up Jesuit for a field goal attempt that was just missed. His biggest run after that came late in the third quarter on a 36-yard dash up the field which had the looks of a possible score. The Tigers turned it over just a couple plays later.
Rushing for over 200 yards in a state semifinal is great for any player as Davis finished with 201 yards on 25 carries. Davis is a legitimate talent who should only get better as a senior. At 5’11”, 182 lbs, he has all the skills to be elite and most importantly the football IQ and smarts to be great.
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