ORLANDO - For the eighth time in the school's brilliant football history, Jacksonville Bolles captured a state championship on Friday night at the Citrus Bowl.
The 49-20 win over Miami Gulliver Prep gave head coach Corky Rogers (376-58) yet another state title to add to the ones he and the Bulldogs captured in 1990, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004 and 2006.
The undefeated (14-0) Bulldogs opened the 2A state title game by moving in for the first score with 6:46 left in the first quarter on a 4-yard run by junior Jawan Jamison.
The Bulldogs increased the lead to 14-0 at the 2:22 mark if the first quarter when senior Stephen Barnett, committed to Tulane University, scored from the 8.
The second quarter began much the way the first quarter ended when the Bulldogs scored on a 26-yard pass play from Chandler Carr to fellow junior Jay Herndon, which would click three times on the evening.
The Raiders got on the scoreboard with 3:31 left in the first half when Carr was intercepted by Artice Kellum who returned the ball 27 yards for a touchdown. Kellum had a huge night for the Raiders.
Bolles answered the Raiders's score when the connection of Carr and Herndon clicked again. This time from 28 yards out at the 1:54 mark.
The Bulldogs came out after half and once again showed why they were regarded as one of the best in the nation when Barnett went 31 yards for a 35-7 lead.
After Connor Vernon fumbled the ball, Carr and Herndon connected from 30 yards out and the Bulldogs continued pour it on the Raiders.
With 2:02 left in the third quarter, Jordan Garside got in on the scoring parade with a 7-yard touchdown run just before Darian Mallary's 71-yard run to cut the lead to 49-14.
The Raiders closed out the scoring with :45 left in the game on a 1-yard run by senior Frankie Telfort.
Bolles 14 14 21 0--49
Gulliver 0 7 7 6--20
B - Jawan Jamison 4 run (Robert Cook kick), 6:46 (1), 7-0
B - Stephen Barnett 8 run (Robert Cook kick), 2:22 (1), 14-0
B - Jay Herndon 26 pass from Chandler Carr (Robert Cook kick), 11:40 (2), 21-0
GP - Artice Kellum 27 int. return (Michael Uribe kick), 3:31 (2), 21-7
B - Jay Herndon 28 pass from Chandler Carr (Robert Cook kick), 1:54 (2), 28-7
B - Stephen Barnett 31 run (Robert Cook kick), 9:25 (3), 35-7
B - Jay Herndon 30 pass from Chandler Carr (Robert Cook kick), 8:07 (3), 42-7
B - Jordan Garside 7 run (Robert Cook kick), 2:02 (3), 49-7
GP - Darian Mallary 71 run (Michael Uribe kick), :35 (3), 49-14
GP - Frankie Telfort 1 run (kick failed), :45 (4), 49-20
Chandler Carr (3-6-1-94 yards)
Stephen Barnett (17-134)
Jay Herndon (4-103)
Darian Mallary (18-124)
Michael Strauss (17-32-2-169 yards)
Conner Vernon (6-68)