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Not much of a homecoming

By STEVE FOLEY
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 10, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG -- Admiral Farragut received a reality check Saturday afternoon.

Playing in front of a capacity homecoming crowd, the Blue Jackets could only watch as Jacksonville Trinity Christian marched up and down the field at will en route to a 42-0 win.

The loss served as a wake-up call to the Class A, District 8 champion Blue Jackets (8-2, 4-0), who will host a region quarterfinal Friday night.

"We've got a lot of work to do," Admiral Farragut coach Mark Robertson said. "Monday, we start all over."

The Conquerors' consistent and methodical running attack controlled the game, helping them to a 28-0 halftime lead and 292 total yards. James Mills led the ground assault with 96 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

"We had three starters who couldn't go because of injuries, so we challenged some of the guys to step up and play," Trinity Christian coach Verlon Dorminey said.

Trinity Christian's defense dominated the Blue Jackets. The Conquerors' defensive line pressured Admiral Farragut quarterback Marshall Hampton all afternoon, sacking him five times. The Blue Jackets managed just 107 yards of offense.

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