With Pembroke Pines Charter trailing by five and about to take the field late in the fourth quarter for the biggest drive of the game, lightning struck in the distance, forcing the game to be delayed. By the time the delay was over, Jaguars quarterback John Jablonka emerged with some lightning of his own.
Jablonka took the first snap and ran with it for 19 yards. Seconds later, he threw a 29-yard pass to Jiovanni Aponte for the game-winning touchdown in a 21-18 victory against Pompano Beach. The score gave the visiting Jaguars (1-3) their first win of the season and left the Golden Tornadoes (0-5) winless.
All game long it was a hard-fought battle on the ground, as the two teams combined for more than 75 rushes and just eight passes. Four Golden Tornadoes ran the ball more than eight times, with Jablonka’s 87 yards on 15 carries and Aponte’s 77 yards on eight carries leading the way.
Pompano Beach running backs Danny Bourgault and Paul Elliot, meanwhile, finished the game with 99 and 83 rushing yards, respectively.
Pembroke Pines Charter had a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but Pompano Beach scored a touchdown in both the second and third quarters to take a 12-7 advantage.
The Jaguars retook a one-point lead early in the fourth quarter on a score by running back Jordan De Leon. But after Elliot scored on a 29-yard run for Pompano Beach and his teammates stopped the Jaguars on the next drive, the game appeared lost for Pembroke Pines Charter.
Pompano Beach took the ball over with five minutes remaining, but the Jaguars managed to engineer a defensive stop of their own and forced the host into a three-and-out to set up the winning score.
With two dynamic freshmen in Pine Crest’s Julia Montgomery (ranked No. 15 in Florida by flrunners.com) and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Alex Cruz (No. 9) making a huge splash on the cross-country scene, a debate over which rising star will have the better season is starting to heat up.
So far, it’s too close to call.
A week after Cruz won the prestigious “Warrior of the Week” honor from flrunners.com after obliterating the Mountain Dew Invitational field in 18:52, Montgomery followed suit by earning the same honor following a winning stretch.
Montgomery started her big week by winning the Westminster Academy Home Open and then followed with a career-best 19:13 to upset West Shore’s Sarah Day, then No. 2 in Florida, and win the Fleet Feet Invitational.
• Douglas d. Coral Springs 25-11, 25-10, 23-25, 25-10: Kirsten Kuhl 9 points, 3 aces, 16 assist, 13 kills. Mackenzie Drigo 9 points, 3 aces, 15 digs, 8 kills. DOU 9-1.
• Pine Crest d. University 25-8, 25-17, 25-12: Evita Conway 7 kills, 2 aces, 12 digs. Genna Luciano 10 kills. Nicole Rosenberg 22 assists, 4 digs, aces. PC 9-6.
• Monarch d. Coconut Creek 25-20, 25-17, 25-8: Dalana Adams 15 points, 7 aces, 2 digs. Daniella Thompson 7 kills, 15 points, 11 aces. MON 6-1.
• Sagemont d. Sheridan Hills 25-10, 25-16, 25-12: Rodriguez 24 points, 21 assists, 5 digs. Irarrazabal 8 kills, 6 digs, 5 points. SAG 6-7.
• Western d. Everglades 25-9, 25-13, 25-5: Melissa Taylor 30 points, 29 assists, 17 aces. Alexa Oblak 15 kills, 2 blocks. Amanda Medlock 6 points, 3 aces, 8 kills. WES 8-3.
• American Heritage d. Hallandale 25-2, 25-11, 25-11: Katie Johnson 21 aces, 31 points, 12 assists, 3 digs. Ray Moncrief 10 kills, 1 ace, 2 points, 1 block. AH 4-4.
• Boyd Anderson d. Northeast 25-21, 13-25, 25-15, 24-26, 15-13: For NE: Shelby Berns 14 points, 10 kills, 5 assists. Aryn Lee 6 kills, 6 assists, 15 points. Esther Canjura 6 digs, 7 aces, 13 points. NE 4-4.
• Archbishop McCarthy 175, Pope John Paul 212 (at Ocean Breeze par 37): Lauren Carver (AM) 39, Kaitlin Coyle (AM) 42. AM 3-2.
• St. Thomas 158, Cardinal Gibbons 213 (at Ft. Lauderdale CC par 36): Taylor Moody 37, Heahter Netti 38, Ariana Garcia 41. STA 8-1, CG 0-4.
• Westminster Academy 77, Chaminade 178 (at Coral Ridge CC par 36): Thompson (WA) 40, Schoeller (CHA) 42, Boynton (WA) 43. WA 6-3.
• Kings Academy 154, North Broward Prep 174, American Heritage 195 (at Winston Trails GC par 36): Smike 35, Malinda 38, Roxas 39.
• Late Wednesday – Archbishop McCarthy 162, Chaminade 171 (Grand Palms par 35): Douglas Schoeller (CHA) 37, John Scinicariello (AM) 40, Eric Suarez (AM) 40, Andre Ramirez (AM) 40. WA 5-3.
Cypress Bay at Miramar, 7
South Plantation vs. Taravella (C.Springs), 7
McArthur at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7
Monarch at Blanche Ely, 7
Everglades at Flanagan, 7
Western vs. West Broward (Everglades), 7
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Fort Lauderdale (Northeast), 7
Nova at South Broward, 7
Cooper City vs. Plantation (PAL), 7
Boyd Anderson at Coral Glades, 7
Coral Springs at Piper, 7
Douglas at Deerfield Beach, 7
Boca Raton at Dillard, 7
Stranahan vs. Hollywood Hills (McArthur), 7
Chaminade-Madonna at Somerset, canceled
Archbishop McCarthy at North Broward Prep, 7
American Heritage at Sebring, 7
WPB Pope John Paul II at Pine Crest, 7
Champagnat at Calvary Christian, 4
Coral Springs Charter at St. Andrews, 7
Highlands Christian vs. Coral Springs Christian (Mullins), 7
NPB Benjamin at Westminster Academy, 7
Zion Lutheran at Village Academy, 7
Pine Crest vs. Gibbons (Coral Ridge CC), 3