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Trinity, Jackson shutdown BA

Turnovers costly in Gator loss

    The hype surrounding Trinity Christian School senior tailback Colby Jackson is all true.
    Jackson rushed for 294 yards and scored four touchdowns on 38 carries to lead the second-ranked Crusaders to a 28-14 win over fourth-ranked Bulloch Academy at Gator Alley Friday night. Jackson eclipsed the 2,000 yard mark for the season.
    Jackson scored on runs of 15 and five yards in the first quarter, an eight-yard jaunt in the third quarter and a seven-yard blast in the fourth to help the Crusaders improve to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 2-AA play.
    Bulloch (7-2, 1-1) lost two first-quarter fumbles and also turned the ball over at the Trinity 10-yard line. The Crusader defense held the Bulloch ground game to just 125 yards but Gator quarterback Jordan Walker was 10 of 19 passing for 121 yards and a score. Darion Carter caught nine balls for 103 yards and a TD.
    The Gators fumbled on both their first and second possessions of the night and the Crusaders were quick to turn the BA miscues into points.
    On the opening series, a late option pitch from Walker to Carter on the third play from scrimmage resulted in the ball bouncing on the turf. Jackson, also a hard-hitting TCS linebacker, alerty scooped up the pigskin and returned it 14 yards to the BA 6-yard line. After a holding penalty backed the Crusaders up to the 15, Jackson broke free on a toss and scored at the 9:03 mark.
    On BA’s second possession, Walker and fullback Matthew Sapp were hit hard in the backfield during the handoff on the series’ second play, causing the ball to slip from both of them. Josh Mayo made the recovery at the BA 20. Four plays later, Jackson scooted in from five yards out for a 14-0 lead with 6:07 left in the opening quarter.
    In the second quarter, Bulloch turned to a bit of trickery to try and get something going.
    On a fourth-and-four situation, Arne Bencker was back to punt with Walker as the up man. The snap went directly to Walker who woke up the BA crowd with a 22-yard fake punt run for a first down. He also hit Carter on a 23-yard strike at the TCS 20. On the next play, wingback Ethan Lovett bulled down to the 10-yard line and was struggling for more when he fumbled to end the drive.
    Trinity returned the favor later in the quarter when tailback James Hobbs fumbled at the BA 10 and Bulloch’s Michael Kimbrell pounced on the ball to thwart the Crusader scoring opportunity.
     TCS deep man Trey Tyler received the third-quarter kickoff and returned the ball 40 yards to the Bulloch 42. From there, five consecutive Jackson carries resulted in another score, this one an eight-yard run, to give the Crusaders a 20-0 lead at the 9:35 mark.
    But Lovett gave the Gator fans something to cheer about on the ensuing kickoff. After dropping the ball at the one-yard line, Lovett dashed up the middle, found a seam, bounced to the outside and raced 55 yards to the TCS 45. A 15-yard face-mask penalty gave Bulloch its best field position of the night at the Crusader 30. On the next play, Walker turned the corner on an option keeper and threaded his way to the end zone to put the Gators on the board.
    Trinity upped its lead to 28-7 early in the fourth quarter. The Crusaders began working the clock and went on a time-consuming 11-play, 61-yard drive which culminated in Jackson’s fourth score of the night with 8:17 left in the contest.
    Bulloch scored again on its final series of the night. On the drive, Walker was 4-for-6 for 70 yards, including a 14-yard pass to Darion Carter with 3:18 left that he had to wrestle away from two defenders before crossing the goal line.

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