Despite a choppy and uneven performance, the Generals of Miami Jackson did enough Saturday to prevail over Miami Beach 27-14 in a nondistrict game at North Miami Stadium.
The Generals (4-1) were flagged for 11 penalties for 90 yards, many coming at key times, to stymie drives, and they turned the ball over twice. But in the end, quarterback Quinton Flowers and running back Tim Bellinger came through.
Flowers executed a spectacular touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter when, on fourth down, he scrambled around for at least 15 seconds, eluding several Beach defenders, and finally found a wide-open Vincent Hall in the end zone to complete a 31-yard touchdown pass and put his team up 20-7. Bellinger finished the night with 83 yards on 15 carries against his former team from a year ago and crossed the goal line for a game-clinching 4-yard touchdown with 1:50 left in the game.
“Definitely raggedy and sloppy for sure,” Jackson coach Antonio Brown said. “But sometimes that’s not the worst thing in the world because the kids need to understand that they need to keep working to get better. These games come in all different shapes and sizes and [Saturday] was just another example of that.”
Beach (3-2) hung tough all night and relied on two big plays to stay close.
Quarterback Jose Fernandez found Woodley Berry for a 77-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter to put the Hi-Tides up 7-6 and, following Flowers’ spectacular play, answered with a big one of their own when Xavier Bailey took the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a score to cut the lead back to 20-14.
The Generals defense also enjoyed a big night, especially Ladarius Crump, who had two interceptions.
• Miami Country Day 14, Archbishop Curley 12: Miami Country Day jumped out to a 14-0 first-half lead and then held on late to edge Archbishop Curley on Saturday afternoon at Curley High School in a Southeastern Football Conference game.
Trailing 14-6, the Knights scored on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Sam Echavarria to Dimitry Georges with 4:40 left in the game to pull within two but linebacker Jordan Morris stuffed Curley running back Jeffrey Joseph on the two-point conversion to preserve the lead.
After an unsuccessful onside kick, the Knights (1-4) got the ball back at their own 18 and drove to midfield before Tyler Sherwood broke up a fourth down pass with 1:24 left and MCD (2-3) ran out the clock.
The Spartans scored hit on a 27-yard halfback option touchdown pass from Justin Walker to Pablo Mejia in the first quarter. Curley scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper by Echavarria on the final play of the first half but the point-after attempt was wide right, which came back to haunt the Knights, forcing them to go for two late in the game.
• Avon Park 20, Hialeah Gardens 0: Avon Park defeated Hialeah Gardens at Milander Park on Saturday afternoon by taking advantage of turnovers and a strong running game.
From the second possession for the Red Raiders (2-4), they decided to lean heavily on running backs Stephon Godfrey and Tyler Johnson — who rushed for 85 and 73 yards and three touchdowns, respectively — taking an early 6-0 lead on a Godfrey 10-yard run.
On the ensuing drive, the Gladiators (0-5) fumbled on the 1-yard line allowing Johnson to dive into the end zone for the first of his two scores of the game.
Hialeah Gardens was unable to get any offense going after that possession, fumbling three times while throwing for 95 yards while Avon Park was able to gain 143 yards rushing.
Belen Jesuit’s cross-country team secured its fourth championship of the prestigious Race of Champions at the FLRunners.com Invitational on Saturday morning at Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville.
Led by senior Avery Lopez, who was the race’s individual runner-up, the Wolverines finished with a meet overall-best team average time of 15:59. Lopez posted a personal record time of 15:13.20 in the 5K race as Belen scored 87 points. Palmetto Ridge’s Carlos Miranda won the race with a time of 15:07.90.
Belen has the most team titles in the 13-year history of the meet.
Coral Reef sophomore Kurt Convey finished eighth with a time of 15:39.80, one spot ahead of Belen’s Fabian Tomas (15:42.90).
Ferguson finished third in the girls’ Race of Champions after scoring 147 points. Estero won the title with 75 followed by Fort Walton Beach with 137. Lourdes’ Courtney Filliben (16th) and Lourdes Brea (19th) were the only Dade runners to finish in the top 20 individually.
Ransom Everglades boys finished runner-up in the Boys’ Invitational race. Ransom’s girls finished 10th in the Girls’ Invitational. Monsignor Pace finished a Dade-best fourth in the Small School race. Doral Academy’s girls finished a Dade-best third in the Small School race.
Race of Champions Boys’ team scores: 1. Belen 87; 2. Fort Myers 126; 6. Columbus 198; 8. Sunset 213; 10. Coral Reef 308; Individuals: 1. Carlos Miranda (PR) 15:07.90; 2. Avery Lopez (BEL) 15:13.20; 8. Kurt Convey (CR) 15:39.80; 9. Fabian Tomas (BEL) 15:42.90; 14. Nick Diaz (SUN) 15:54.00; 17. Daniel Fernandez (COL) 15:57.90; 19. Kenneth Castro (SUN) 16:04.30.
Girls: 1. Estero 75; 3. Ferguson 147; 7. Lourdes 186; Individuals: 1. Emily Edwards (FM) 17:43.80; 16. Courtney Filliben (LOU) 18:54.60; 19. Lourdes Brea (LOU) 18:59.50.
Varela d. Piper 25-16, 25-12: Valeria Ibarra 8 aces, 4 digs; Maria Estupinan 8 digs, 3 kills, 3 aces Var 5-7
Varela d. Berean Christian 25-23, 25-21: Valeria Ibarra 14 assists, 7 aces, 4 digs; Becky Garcia 6 digs, 5 kills; Maria Estupinan 7 digs, 4 kills. Var 6-7
Silver Bracket Championship: Varela d. American Heritage 25-19, 25-17: Samantha Cruz 11 kills, 4 aces; Valeria Ibarra 22 assists, 5 aces, 4 kills; Claudia Campero 6 kills, 3 digs. Var 7-7
• Late Friday — Dade Christian 40, Westland Hialeah 19: Dade Christian dismantled Westland Hialeah with their dynamic two-headed monster, accounting for 237 of the team’s 323 rushing yards. With only 12 carries, Ike Steadman rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Florvil gained 101 yards on 19 carries and also scored two touchdowns.
Leading Westland Hialeah was Patrick Stephenson, who accumulated for 133 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.
D’JOUMBAREY A. MOREAU
• Late Friday — Belen 41, Doral 12: Belen opened the scoring two minutes into the game when Xavier Hines returned a fumble 38 yards. Alex Diblasi led the Wolverines with 68 rushing yards, including a 35 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Brandon Silvestry added 51 yards including a 25-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The Firebirds’ two touchdowns came from running back Gabriel Hernandez, who caught a 35 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Sanchez and scored on a 20 yard run.
Before the game a moment of silence was held for Christian Aguilar, a Doral alumnus who graduated in 2012 and has been missing since September 20 in the Gainesville area. Doral Academy has been collecting donations to assist Aguilar’s family.
• Late Friday — Calvary Christian 14, Champagnat Catholic 6: The Eagles (3-2) scored all their points in the first half and held on for the victory against the visiting Lions (1-3) in a nondistrict matchup.
Isaac Hoza (201 yards on 12-for-26 passing) later threw his only touchdown pass of the game, a 48-yarder to Eric Fifelski midway in the second quarter. Fifelski finished with four catches for 95 yards.
The Lions’ Charles Williams scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 4:29 remaining to cap a 99-yard, 13-play drive.
• Late Friday — Key West 45, Keys Gate Charter 0: Key West’s triple-option offense has produced long touchdown runs all season — and it did again. Key West (4-1) forced Keys Gate (2-2) into six turnovers.
• More Late Friday scores: Solid Rock Christian 34, Berean Christian 0; Apopka 59, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 6; West Palm Beach Summit Christian 48, Northwest Christian 18; Boca Raton Christian 44, Palmer Trinity 9; Treasure Coast 47, Barrington Christian 6.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
University School swept the championships of the Suns Invitational at Nova Southeastern University Saturday. Miami Country Day was the lone Dade representative and finished fourth in boys and girls.
Boys’ team scores: 1. University 486; 2. Sagemont 459; 3. Boca Raton 448; 4. Miami Country Day 336; 5. Calvary Christian 321; 6. Somerset 186; 7. Chaminade-Madonna 185.
Girls’ team scores: 1. University 576; 2. Boca Raton 503; 3. Calvary Christian 391; 4. Miami Country Day 367; 5. Sagemont 233; 6. Chaminade-Madonna 190; 7. Somerset 74.