ZEPHYRHILLS — It took Zephyrhills Christian some time to get going against Melbourne Holy Trinity on a wet, rainy night Friday. Once they did, the Warriors exploded both by air and by ground.
Jacoby Braxton threw two touchdowns to Javan Smith, and Alonzo Sampson rushed for 132 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown as the Warriors cruised to a 27-7 victory over the Tigers.
Holy Trinity avoided a shutout when Preston Milo hit James BlackStrain for an 86-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
ZCA remains perfect on the season at 6-0. Holy Trinity falls to 0-4.
Key plays: With the game scoreless and facing a third and 5 on their 28, Braxton hit Smith for a 28-yard touchdown with 3:33 left in the first quarter. … Trailing 12-0, the Tigers had a second and 6 on the Warriors' 15-yard line but fumbled. The Tigers never recovered.
Key drive: Leading 12-0 in the third quarter, ZCA's Javion Hanner took a handoff and weaved his way 39 yards for a touchdown.
Stars of the game: Braxton was 7-of-15 for 136 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 25 yards. … Smith had touchdown catches of 28 and 50 yards. … Hanner had 76 yards rushing and a score, and had a 57-yard touchdown run called back. … Cole Johnson recovered a fumble. … Johnny Casarez had an interception. … Kollin Eckel hit a 27-yard field goal.
Key stats: Holy Trinity only took eight snaps in ZCA territory. … The Warriors had 377 yards of total offense.
Final word: "We're getting there. They're young and learning. We're getting better. I think we're going to be all right." — ZCA coach Mike Smith