ORLANDO – The Trinity Christian Conquerors became the fifth team in Florida history to win four consecutive state titles on Saturday afternoon.
The Conquerors (11-3) beat Chaminade Madonna 24-13 in a game that featured only six points in the second half.
Trailing 10-7 early in the second quarter, Trinity Christian took the lead for the first time on a 14-yard touchdown run to the right sideline by Rasheed Martin.
Martin led the charge all afternoon for the Conquerors with 156 rushing yards on 27 carries. His 45-yard run was a thing of beauty. Martin constantly used his vision and elusiveness to pave the way down the field.
Then with 4:41 left in the second quarter, athletic quarterback D.J. Matthews broke free on a 21-yard touchdown run on 4th and 1 (video here).
Those two scores gave Trinity Christian a 21-10 lead at the break.
Then cam an ejection of senior linebacker Chase Lasater in the second half and a strange play in the third quarter.
Lasater was shoved down to the ground by tackle Steve Jean-Baptiste. He then pushed him back and threw a couple of punches on Jean-Baptiste until the brawl was broken up.
Later in the quarter, the Conquerors ran a fake field goal from the Chaminade Madonna 22-yard line. Kicker Frankie Onate threw a backward pass with his knee down and the play was ruled a seven-yard loss to Shaun Wade.
Tecory Couch took the ball to the house but the play was whistled dead. With 4:30 left in the quarter, Chaminade Madonna (10-4) had three more drives in the game with the next one ending in a 30 yard Daniel Longman field goal.
The Lions couldn’t get anything going in the second half as the Conquerors played championship football. Derrick Smith intercepted Henry Colombi III with 49 seconds left.
It was Chaminade’s first appearance in the state title since 2005. Now, Trinity Christian will have to live up to par again next season looking for a fifth straight title.
— Jake Perper (@JakePerper) December 10, 2016
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