Fort Lauderdale Dillard upset No. 18 Hallandale in an impressive 20-0 home shutout Friday night.
Dillard quarterback Lee Martin passed for 159 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to Dre’Sean Nelson to open the second quarter for Dillard (2-2, 1-0). Martin also ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 5:02 left in the third quarter to make it a three-score game.
Hallandale (2-2, 0-1) picked up 65 yards rushing from Brent Hart but committed 114 yards in penalties and turned the ball over twice on interceptions by Dillard’s Calvin Savage and Jerrod Martin.
Nelson ran for 51 yards on 13 carries, and Eddie Roberts had 44 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
• Coral Springs 21, Douglas 17: Douglas rallied from down 14-0 to take a three-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Coral Springs scored on a 79-yard touchdown pass from Sean Nickell to Max Avin that gave the Colts the victory over the visiting Eagles in the “Pig Bowl.” The game was the first in District 11-8A for both teams.
Coral Springs controlled most of the game, with touchdown runs by Kevin Ferguson from 3 yards out and Max Avin from 8 yards.
Douglas scored 17 unanswered points in a five-minute span. Two fumbles by the Colts inside their own 10-yard line gave the Eagles a chance for the road win.
Early season returns have the top-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas girls’ cross-country team trending upward like a hot stock. On the heels of a dominant victory at the Mountain Dew Invitational at the University of Florida on Sep.15, the Raiders will look to pick up their second major title at the Spanish River Invitational at South County Regional Park on Saturday.
Highly touted freshman Alexa Cruz has lived up to all of the hype by emerging as the Raiders’ No.1 runner. Showing the poise of an upperclassman, Cruz clocked 18:52 to win the Mountain Dew girls’ individual title and lead a 1-4-10-15 finish with Christina Kalis, Marina Braynon-Moore and Brianna Rischar.
St. Thomas opened the season ranked No. 4 in the FACA/flrunners.com Class 4A poll behind reigning state champion Tampa Plant, Miami Ferguson and Miami Lourdes. But it vaulted to the head of the pack after posting a 19:44 team average to win the Mountain Dew title going away.
Cruz’s bid to notch her second consecutive title, however, faces a stiff challenge from American Heritage eighth-grade sensation Daesha Rogers (18:08), the 2011 Class 2A state runner-up and 2011 Broward girls’ Runner of the Year.
Even more will be expected from Rogers from a leadership standpoint this season, as the Patriots look to climb back into state title contention following the surprising transfer of two of their top five runners.
The boys’ field features its own host of stars, led by reigning Broward Runner of the Year Andrew Iglesias (15:39) of Pines Charter, fourth-ranked Christopher Columbus’ Daniel Fernandez (15:59), No. 5 Coral Reef’s Kurt Convey (16:01) and Coral Glades’ fast-rising Anthony Deleva.
Carrollton 401, Archbishop McCarthy 363 — (AM) Kaitlin Coyle 82, (C) Tanya Eathakotti 85, (AM) Lauren Carver 85. Carrollton 1-1.
• Late Thursday — Westminster Academy 21, Boca Raton St. Andrews 14: Ray Sharp threw a pair of touchdown passes to help the Lions rally.