Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trinity Boots Bolles in 3 OTs; Conquerors Win Battle of Private-School Powers on Roerig Field Goal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trinity Boots Bolles in 3 OTs; Conquerors Win Battle of Private-School Powers on Roerig Field Goal

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Byline: Clayton Freeman

This one was worth the 17-year wait - and even more memorable than the original.

With a 22-yard field goal in the second half of triple overtime, junior kicker Clayton Roerig booted Trinity Christian past Bolles 24-21 and wrote the closing act of a Jacksonville football epic in Friday's Region 1-5A quarterfinal.

In the game that had everything, the smallest player on the field turned the tide for the three-time defending state champion Conquerors.

"I just had to stay calm and do what I had to do," Roerig said.

But that was just one part of the drama in a knock-down contest of high school football heavyweights in which Trinity Christian - somehow - remained standing.

Thought it was impossible for Trinity and Bolles to top their September clash, a 40-28 Conquerors win that was eventually forfeited for use of an ineligible player? Think again.

"My hat's off to Bolles," said Trinity defensive back Tyreke Johnson, whose triple-overtime interception set the stage for Roerig's winning kick. "They played their tails off. That was just incredible."

The most incredible of those moments came in the second overtime, after Bolles lineman Orlando Heggs stuffed Trinity's workhorse running back Marcus Crowley at the 2-yard line, holding Trinity scoreless in the period and giving the Bulldogs a chance to win with a field goal.

Even Roerig didn't think he would get another chance.

"He [Bolles kicker Santi Leon] had just kicked one last week [to beat Columbia in overtime], so I thought he was going to make it," Roerig said. "I thought it was over."

It wasn't.

Bolles tried to kick on first down, lost five yards on a botched snap that was tracked down by C.J. Grimes, tried again and saw Leon's field goal attempt sail wide right.

The victory for the Conquerors completed the season sweep on the field against Bolles (8-3) in a series resuming after a 16-year hiatus.

"Every time you can win a big battle for the city, to me, I really like that even better than winning a state championship," Trinity Christian coach Verlon Dorminey said. …

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