The Doral Academy Red Firebirds defeated the Mater Academy Lions 22-7 on Saturday night at Pace High School.
Wide receiver Franco Genaro scored on an 11-yard reception and a 36-yard punt return, and quarterback Justin Sanchez threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Mater Academy (0-1) scored on the opening drive, which culminated in a 1-yard keeper by quarterback Brian Guerra. The Doral (1-0) defense held Mater scoreless the remainder of the contest.
• South Miami 21, Sunset 7:
Leo Lorenzo and Korey Moss both came through with big plays on special teams that proved to be the difference in South Miami’s victory.
With the Cobras leading 7-0 midway through the third quarter, Lorenzo took a Sunset punt and, thanks to a couple of crushing blocks, took off on a 56 yard return to make it 14-0.
After the Knights cut the lead in half, they lined up for a 37-yard field goal two minutes into the fourth quarter. But when the kick was partially blocked, Korey Moss fielded the ball and 85 yards later found the end zone.
“A great first win for sure, and our special teams came through big time for us tonight,” said South Miami coach David Gray in his first game after replacing Lamont Green, who made huge strides with the program a year ago. “This is a good way to start.”
With just two minutes left in the game Moss tackled Sunset’s Daniel Cantero after a reception in a collision that left both players motionless on the field.
Neither player was moved until fire rescue was stopped the game for nearly 40 minutes. Moss was immobilized on a hardboard stretcher but was moving his lower extremities and gave the Cobra crowd a thumbs-up as he was being loaded into the truck. Cantero was sitting up at one point but appeared to be dazed. Both players were transported to Kendall Medical Regional Center.
• North Palm Beach Benjamin 58, Curley 0: Benjamin dominated the entire game as the Bucs delivered 445 yards on the ground and had three runners, Brandon Davis (146), Charlie Nicklaus (116) and James Theofilos (108) rush for more than 100 yards.
BIG GAME MOVED
Another high school football matchup involving two of the nation’s best will be played at Sun Life Stadium.
The highly anticipated Sept. 8 matchup between Booker T. Washington and Central, each ranked in the top 10 nationally, has been moved to Sun Life Stadium at 7 p.m.
Both teams were state runners-up in their classes last season.
The Rockets, who lost to Grayson (Ga.) on the road Friday night, entered ranked No. 1 by USA Today. Booker T., ranked No. 9 by MaxPreps and No. 11 by USA Today, beat Carol City on Friday.
Central has won three of the past four meetings in the series, including a dramatic 29-26 win last season.
Tickets are $12 and parking for the game will be free.
Sun Life Stadium might host at least one more game involving South Florida football powerhouses later this season.
• Late Friday — Naples 50, North Miami 20: Naples running back Manny Morgan set career highs in the first half alone against visiting North Miami. Morgan rushed for 278 yards and finished with 351 total yards as Naples beat North Miami.
Morgan carried four times for 63 yards and two touchdowns on Naples’ first two possessions. The Golden Eagles senior ran for 205 yards in the first half.
Morgan finished with 23 carries, four touchdowns and 73 receiving yards — all career highs.
The Pioneers (0-1) took the lead twice before Morgan tied the score with a touchdown of his own both times.
North Miami tied the score at 20-20 with less than five minutes before halftime.
Morgan again struck, this time through the air, as he hauled in a 73-yard touchdown pass from Kilton Anderson to give Naples the lead for good with 2:57 left in the second quarter.
NAPLES DAILY NEWS
• Late Friday — Naples Barron Collier 27, Braddock 0: Barron Collier rolled up 291 yards on the ground and dominated on defense, pummeling Braddock in its season opener at home Friday.
In their first outing with first-year coach Dan Pallante’s revamped offense, switching from the spread to the run-heavy option, four Cougars ran for at least 40 yards.
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• Late Friday – Naples Gulf Coast 32, Archbishop Carroll 8: The Bulldogs’ lone score came on the second-half kickoff when Gulf Coast attempted an onside kick. The ball was scooped up by Carroll’s Gabriel Perez, who ran 46 yards into the end zone.
With just more than three minutes remaining in the quarter, Sharks return man Jonathan Cosme took a punt 46 yards giving Gulf Coast a lead it would never relinquish.
• Late Friday - Northwest Christian 38, Palmer Trinity 0
• Late Friday - Keys Gate 44, Zion Lutheran 8
• Late Friday – Tavernier Coral Shores 24, Solid Rock Christian 8 • Late Friday - Boca Raton Pope John Paul II 21, La Salle 16