It's wishbone offense did the rest in protecting its lead and coming away with a 40-12 win over ASD.
"It was a nice surprise that we were able to keep them to 12 points," JCA coach Tommy Miller said, crediting noseguard John Averette with containing ASD. "He disrupted a lot of things there in the backfield. That kept some of that speed from getting started."
Jacksonville Christian was to do that in two different ways.
On defense, the Thunder was able at times to keep ASD's speed at Bay. Other times, JCA was just putting together monterous drives, such as the 22-play, 56-yard scoring drive in the second half.
In addition to holding the Silent Warriors to 12 points, the defense helped to produce the first points of the night.
Ward Reid returned a fumble 10 yards for the first Thunder touchdown.
After the defensive score, JCA did the rest. A 3-yard run off right guard by Cameron Bryant gave JCA a two touchdown lead, but ASD answered back quickly.
Kodarius Slaughter blazed a trail down the field with a 79-yard kickoff return to pull within 14-6.
Jacksonville Christian added two more scores in the second quarter. The first was a 2-yard run by quarterback Matt Crook and the second was a 1-yard run by Bryant.
After that, ASD's speed found another crease to keep the Thudner from getting too much of a lead. This time, it was Demetric Snider with a 49-yard run to make it 28-12 at the half.
With a two-touchdown lead, JCA went to ball control and pounded its wishbone attack to perfection.
David Parris and Aaron McCormick each added 1-yard touchdown runs in the second half to seal the final.
JCA was led by Bryant with 14 carries for 94 yards and Parris with 14 carries for 87.
Despite the win over ASD, which was Jacksonville Christian's first since 2005, the night had a somber tone.
Starting quarterback Matt Crook, who earned first-team all-county honors in 2009, left the game in the third quarter and was taken to the hospital and was kept overnight for observation.