Monday nights are typically reserved for the pros, South Florida high school football teams took to the gridiron to makeup games that were previously wiped away by Hurricane Irma.
After holding just a 14-12 lead at halftime, Miramar’s defense shutout district rival Plantation in the second half and produced 20 points – 14 in the fourth-quarter – to come away with a 34-12 home victory Monday night.
The Patriots (3-1, 1-0 District 12-8A), who will host rival Flanagan this coming Friday for its regularly scheduled week seven game, pulled away from the previously unbeaten Colonels (4-1, 0-1) midway through the third quarter when receiver Terrence Horne took a short pass 57 yards for a touchdown.
Miramar’s offense tacked on another score midway through the fourth quarter when Dominick Watt caught a shallow pass and delivered a powerful stiff arm – knocking three Plantation defenders out of the way – as he rumbled for a 22-yard score.
Miramar’s “Dark Side” defense put the punctuation on the game when senior linebacker Xavier Zavala had a pass thrown right to him and he was escorted by a cavalcade of teammates 47 yards into the end zone – putting the Patriots up 34-12 after a failed extra point.
After the game, Patriots head coach A.J. Scott spoke about how tough it was to prepare for Plantation’s Wing-T offense in just three days.
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Considering the short preparation time, Miramar held Plantation’s offense in check – especially in the second half.
The Colonels, who will host Everglades this coming Friday, rushed for 106 yards through the first two quarters but only gained a total of 18 yards in the second half.
Plantation used an array of misdirection handoffs to find running room early – especially when it capitalized on a Miramar muffed punt and capped a short drive with a 3-yard plunge by senior running back Kahmani Adelson.
Adelson ended up leading the Colonels with 70 yards and two touchdowns – the second of which being a 5-yard run that cut Miramar’s lead to 14-12 with 7:40 left in the second quarter. While senior Tyrik Bellamy was the next highest rusher with 23 yards on three carries.
Miramar’s run game was very productive Monday. The Patriots gashed the Colonels defense for 253 yards – including Steve Williams’ 60-yard scamper early in the second quarter and a 7-yard scoring run by freshman Katravis Geter.
Williams finished with a game-high 109 rushing yards on 9 carries, while also completing 10-of-21 passes for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Kyeshad Pennywell added 61 yards on nine attempts and Ralph Hughey finished with 49 yards on five carries.