ZEPHYRHILLS – With both teams solidly in the FHSAA 2A playoff hunt the game was a matter of positioning. AFA (8-1) with the win will be guaranteed a first round bye and the Warriors (7-3) will most likely hit the road for the playoffs.
Following an opening series punt by ZCA the Blue Jackets started their first drive on their own 40-yard line. The Warriors stopped the run for three plays but Blue Jackets QB Kenneth Cordova connected with Lorenzo Valencia to take the ball to the ZCA 29. On the sixth play of the drive it was a Cordova to Courtney Eubanks pass for the opening score.
Midway through the second quarter AFA added a 32-yard field goal to take the score to 10-0. On the ensuing series the Warriors turnover troubles began. A Eubanks interception of a Javion Hanner pass led to a 21-yard TD scamper by Eubanks just a few plays later gave the Blue Jackets a 17-0 advantage going into the half.
After a six-week layoff due to injury, ZCA Quarterback Jacoby Braxton, who did not dress for the first half, entered the game to lead the Warriors to a successful drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown run by Nyjohn Moody. The attempted 2-point conversion appeared to be successful but was call short by the officials. The 17-6 score would last to the end of the quarter.
In the final quarter both teams got a case of the turnovers. Just one minute into the fourth AFA fumbled the ball away on their own 42-yard line, but the ZCA opportunity to tighten the score ended when Keanu Cordova picked off a Braxton pass.
The sloppy play continued by both teams. The Blue Jackets fumbled only to have the possession end with yet another interception. There would be still two more picks for the Blue Jackets. Josh Given with the first one for a pick-six 55-yard scamper, and Cameron Smith who returned his pick to the Warriors 2-yard line. Cordova took it in himself on the next play to take the score to 31-6 and end the scoring.