Dallas-born prodigy making waves in Florida

Dallas-born prodigy making waves in Florida

It sounds like a fairy tale, but it actually happened recently in Florida. Freshman QB John Wolford, who was born in Dallas, walked onto the field and promptly connected on a 77-yard TD pass on the first attempt of his career. Wolford's gone on to show that the aforementioned bomb was no fluke, as the ninth-grader has been on a tear with his precision passing.

Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, Fl.) began the season 0-3, but the Crusaders have reeled off two consecutive wins behind the pinpoint passing of freshman phenom John Wolford.

"Last week, we beat Clay County, 22-21," said Wolford, who was born in Dallas. "They're a really good team. I was 25-for-30 passing for 270 yards with three touchdowns. On the last play of the game, I threw a 10-yard TD pass to (sophomore WR) Ahmad Fulwood with three seconds left.

"Friday night, we beat Matanzas (Palm Coast, Fl.) by a score of 41-17. I was 15-of-19 for 288 yards and three TDs with no interceptions. Ahmad caught two of the touchdowns for 10 and 45 yards, and I had 53 yards rushing with another TD."

Wolford was baptized by fire, so the speak, on the varsity level, playing his second game vs. Menendez and five-star LB Tony Steward.

"They beat us on the last play of the game," Wolford said of his team's 23-20 loss to Steward and the Falcons. "He really hurt us with a big kickoff return."

Was Wolford nervous, facing one of the top senior prospects in the nation?

"No, no, I wasn't intimidated," said the freshman. "I was 13-for-16 passing in that game. Our play-calling has been really good and the wide receivers have been running crisp routes. I've been smart with the football."

Not surprisingly, Wolford comes across in interviews as more of a seasoned college player than a high school freshman, and he's gained the acceptance of his teammates from Day One.

"We started out slow this season. We're really young," he said, "but we've been getting better each week. We're coming together. My brother (inside linebacker Bobby Wolford) has been having a great year. He already has 44 tackles - and Ahmad has been playing really well."

What about the difference between taking shots from five-star LBs -- compared to playing junior high football last season?

"It hasn't hurt as much as I thought - taking shots this year," laughed Wolford, "but it has been more painful than last year."

A Dallas native, Wolford is a fan of SMU.

"The offense that SMU runs," he said, "it really fits what we do here at Bishop Kenney, and it would be a great fit for me."

Wolford and Kenny are in action next week against 4-1 Bartram Trail (Jacksonville).

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