Have you ever heard of a player accounting for 10 touchdowns in a playoff game, and still losing? Prep Rally hadn’t either until Friday night.
As reported by the Florida Times-Union, Clay High (Green Cove Springs) edged past Bishop Kenny High (Jacksonville), 74-73, in a Florida state playoff Region 1-5A semifinal matchup. The back-and-forth shootout ended the season for Bishop Kenny, but not before the school's senior quarterback John Wolford turned in one of the most impressive performances in Florida state football history.
Wolford — an East Carolina commit — accounted for 10 0f Bishop Kenny's 11 touchdowns himself, scoring eight through the air and two on the ground. The eight passing touchdowns were good for a new career passing touchdown state record at 96, which was previously held by — you guessed it — Tim Tebow. Wolford was almost a one-man team, and against almost any other team would have been enough to lead his team to the Regional Finals.
That wasn’t the case against Clay, in large part because of Clay’s balanced rushing attack; the Blue Devils had three different backs rush for more than 140 yards each, sending 10-1 Bishop Kenny to its one and only loss of the season. You can see full highlights from the game right here.
Despite the loss, it was hard for anyone to talk about anything but Wolford at game’s end. His 773 total yards in the game included 539 through the air, giving him a four-year career total of 10,384, the most in state history.
Perhaps the most fitting epitaph to Wolford’s career was provided by the coach who finally masterminded a way to top him in 2013.
"That kid is a tremendous competitor," Clay coach Josh Hoekstra told the Times-Union. "I've said it for the last four years against us. He is just unbelievable, and he's got it. I can't wait to watch him on Saturdays."
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