Overcoming injuries and tough opponents is something the Chaminade-Madonna football team hopes will propel it further in the playoffs this season.
The Lions did both in their regular-season opener Friday by beating Gulliver Prep 24-16 at their home field.
Sean White threw a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter, and Chaminade’s defense forced two timely turnovers to secure the victory. White completed 8 of 17 passes for 120 yards.
Chaminade (1-0) took advantage of a blocked punt by Jakari Hunt to set up its first score.
Calvin Ridley made a great leaping catch in traffic in the back of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown.
Chaminade caught Gulliver (0-1) by surprise by recovering a high-arching kickoff at Gulliver’s 25-yard line. White hit Adrian Baker in stride for a touchdown on the next play.
Gulliver cut the deficit to 14-9 on an 11-yard touchdown run by Bo Ellis in the third quarter. Ellis finished with 14 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
But Alex Thomas put the game away on the fourth quarter’s first play when he returned a punt 59 yards for a touchdown.
• University School 44, Cape Coral Island Coast 27: Coming off a victory over an Ohio state champion last week in its first nationally televised appearance, University School this time outlasted a familiar, high-powered foe.
The Suns, who held off Island Coast by a touchdown in a Class 2B state semifinal road game two years ago, pulled away in a wild third quarter after the teams traded touchdowns in the first half.
Senior quarterback Mike White completed 20 of 24 passes for 203 yards and two scores, and sophomore running back Jordan Scarlett had 21 runs for 97 yards and four scores, including two in the third quarter as University turned a 24-19 halftime margin into a 44-19 advantage.
“They got after us early, and our guys hunkered down a little bit,” University coach Roger Harriott said. “We had a short week of practice, but they really demonstrated some character.”
University (1-0), which beat Ohio Division-II champion Trotwood-Madison 33-14 on ESPN on Sunday, tallied 365 yards but also surrendered 368 to Island Coast.
• Western 20, South Broward 7: The Western Wildcats dominated the South Broward Bulldogs on both sides of the ball.
Western quarterback Wade Freebeck gave his team a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter when he found tight end Mario Elliott in front of the end zone. With halftime approaching, Freebeck then completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to give his team the 20-0 lead at the half.
Freebeck finished 22 for 41 for 229 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.
On the defensive end, Western brought relentless pressure against senior South Broward quarterback Qushawn Thomas, who was sacked six times. Four of those sacks were made by sophomore linebacker Adrienne Talon.
• Everglades 20, Cooper City 5: Quarterback Caleb Goldson and Alvonte Bell powered Everglades. Bell, a Kentucky recruit, finished the game with four tackles for loss.
Goldson went 12 for 22 with 147 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to wide receiver Donell Williams.
• Flanagan 48, Pines Charter 16: In the eighth annual Mayor’s Cup, Flanagan quarterback Ryan Stanley was king as he threw five touchdowns to five different receivers for 199 yards to lead his team over Pembroke Pines Charter.
Flanagan’s Dillon Degiovanni was the only Falcon to score twice, and the defense recovered four fumbles en route to victory.
Pines Charter running back Neil Morrison led all rushers with 170 yards, including an 81-yard score.