Triaun Webb, Trinity Christian turn into semifinals
Jacksonville, Florida. – Treyaun Webb’s workload has been fairly light this season, and by the standards of many area appearances, it was light Friday night.
But whenever Trinity Christian needed a big game or key run, the 6-1, 205-pound junior player had the ball in his hands.
With Verlon Dormini poorly trained for a long time and not on the sidelines in the Zone 1-2A final, the Conquerors are still ahead. Webb’s 291-yard effort and three touchdowns complemented the Trinity defense that forced five turnovers as the hosts conquerors claimed their 16th area title with a 39-22 victory over Quincy Monroe.
Webb’s big night, which came on just 15 gigs, helped Trinity (8-4) to the state semifinals where Orlando Christian Prep, a 48-12 winner over Christian Zephyrhills, will host the Conquerors next Friday night.
Even Webb was surprised by his numbers.
“Ninety-two? Dang. I’m a little shocked. That’s a lot of yards,” Oklahoma said. “I’m glad my coaches trusted me to give me the opportunity to take the game and help carry my hopeful team to the state championship.”
That’s familiar ground for Trinity, who won the state title in Class 3A last season and is now two wins away from the No.9 state title.
But a familiar face wasn’t around on Friday. Coach Dormini, who joined the club that racked up 300 wins earlier this season and has been the face of Trinity football for more than three decades, fell ill on Thursday night.
However, he was still in the minds of his players.
“V-Man clearly wasn’t here to train,” said Keaton Thomas, who has two assists for the Conquerors. “A few things happened on Thursday night, but we wanted to take it out for him. A great team wins.”
Start with offense, as Webb possessed 300 of the Trinity’s 424 total yards. He stole 55 yards in the second play of the game and passed 60 yards later. When, in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats (8-3) cut their deficit by two notches after Austin Perkins returned to intercept 97 yards, the Conquerors turned to Webb.
After Webb ran out of a Wildcat in that possession, he made fives on that engine, picking up three first touchdowns and traveling eight yards.
Finally, in the last game possession, with Trinity facing third and 22 of 3, Webb took the snap, bypassed the middle and raced 96 yards to Monroe 1 to close out the competition in style.
That was even more impressive against a defense that has hit five times this season.
That performance came after Webb had his first 100-yard game last week in about 13 months, rushing for a 215th against Tallahassee St. John Paul II. Since Webb has been struggling with a hamstring injury for part of the season, he entered Friday with just 94 loads in seven games. But he feels fine now.
“I’m 100% happy to be back,” he said. “I kind of got a hamstring injury the first few games. I had to get back in my groove. I felt really refreshed there.”
He moved the team effort from Webb to the defense, who succumbed to two drops but captured one. Among the five teams was Bobcats quarterback Joshua Brown, making a fumble and 60-yard run by Jonathan Goddard Jr., making the score 23-0.
Brown was picked up three times and tripped twice. Monroe entered the competition averaging 457 yards per game, but the Raiders finished 226. The Bobcats didn’t have a play for more than 15 yards until late in the fourth quarter.
“Joshua Brown-Off obviously was good at Camden, good at Monroe,” said Thomas. “So we came in and planned on playing it with stealth. I had to do some espionage. We just came in big time to work on the turnover drill.”
Monroe is a newcomer to post-season success, notching his first win after last season, over Christian University. But that’s old hat for the Raiders, who are now two games from Title #9.
“I feel great. We will keep pushing,” said Thomas, a senior. “I expect great things from my team.”
Trinity Christian 39, Monroe 22
Quincy Munro, 0, 0, 16, 6-22
Trinity Christian, 10, 22, 0, 7 – 39
TC – Treyaun Webb 55 run (Seth Bialek kick)
TC – Bialik 32 FG
TC – Fred Highsmith 33 pass by Colin Hurley (Bialik kick)
TC – Jonathan Goddard 60 Rebounds (Kick Fail)
TC – Webb 60 run (Prohibited kick)
TC – Bialik 31 FG
M – Joshua Brown 9 runs (Brown’s White Sullivan pass)
M – The Return of Austin Perkins 97 Artificial Intelligence (Brown Race)
TC – Webb 8 run (Bialek kick)
M – Brown 17 run (pass fail)
Classification: M – TC
First defeats: 14 – 17
Rush Yards: 25-118 – 34-312
Loss of sensitivity: 2-2 – 2-0
Penalty yards: 12-93 – 11-86
rushing M: Brown 20-87, Danielle McCloud 1-15, Taz Walker 3-11, Ahmari Borden 1-5. TC: Webb 15-291, Darnell Rogers 12-47, LJ Kelley 1-7, Xander Ross 1-2, Elijah Crocker 2 – (- 2), Hurley 2 – (-16), Team 1 – (-17).
scroll – M: Brown 13-24-3-108. TC: Hurley 11-22-1-112.
Receive M: Walker 2-33, Sullivan 4-22, McCloud 3-20, Perkins 2-15, RJ Payne 1-11, Borden 1-7. TC: Darias James 3-51, Highsmith 4-49, Webb 1-9, Ross 2-6, Rogers 1 – (- 3).
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