Broward High School Football

Suns burn Chaminade in heated game

 

Special to The Miami Herald

University School has big plans.

Big plans that will ultimately land them in Orlando this December.

Thursday, the Suns overcame the latest hurdle in their plan — defeating district rival Chaminade-Madonna 47-20 at Nova in front of a capacity crowd for University School’s homecoming.

University School (5-0, 2-0 District 8-3A) put itself in the district’s driver seat with the victory. Chaminade (4-1, 1-1) will very likely finish in the runner-up spot.

University School coach Roger Harriott said that the game — which was filled with emotion likely due to the rivalry and the exchanging of pregame chatter between the players on various social networking websites — was a good learning tool for his team.

“I like for our guys to be in games like this,” Harriott said. “It was a tough test, Chaminade came out and played a good game, and we responded well. Our plan is to be playing for a state championship and along the way you’re going to be in tough, physical, emotional games.”

The Suns, who wore pink shoe laces and whose coaches wore pink polo shirts in honor of Breast Cancer awareness, got a major performance for the trio of quarterback Michael White, receiver Dionte Taylor, and standout sophomore running back Jordan Scarlett.

White, also a pitcher for U-School’s baseball team, completed 17 of his 23 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns went to Taylor, who finished with five catchers for 162 yards.

Scarlett added 120 yards on the ground — 111 in the second half — and a pair of touchdowns; the first on a 46-yard scamper that put the Suns ahead 27-13 less than two minutes into the third quarter.

At the half, U-School only amassed minus-1 yard rushing, but finished the game with 154 behind Scarlett and 45 yards from Lajuan Hunt.

Chaminade didn’t back down from the Suns, taking a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Sean White connected with Demarco Haynes on a 32-yard touchdown strike.

After trailing by 14, the Lions put a drive together that was capped with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Zak Zerquera that into the deficit. Chaminade’s defense held the Suns to a three and out on the ensuing possession and partially blocked the punt, giving them a short field and a chance to tie the score with a minute left in the third.

The Lions’ drive — and momentum — stalled and the team missed a 40-yard field goal.

White finished 23 of 40 with 277 passing yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for Chaminade. The Lions were held to just 18 total rushing yards, but did get six receptions for 129 yards and two blocked punts from Haynes.

•  Pine Crest 41, Coral Springs Charter 0: In a battle between the two Panthers squads, Pine Crest (6-0) continued its undefeated season with a dominant performance over Coral Springs Charter (3-3) at Coral Glades.

Junior running back Trevor Osceola ran for 86 yards and three touchdowns while the Pine Crest defense combined for six interceptions to shut out Coral Springs Charter, 41-0.

Pine Crest took control of the game early with an 80-yard opening drive that lasted eight plays and culminated with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Zach Smith to Harris Stolzenburg.

Three plays later Pine Crest had the ball back in its hands after having recovered a fumble by running back Kalen Carson.

Pine Crest went on to score off of the turnover and by halftime had a commanding 28-0 lead.

“We felt we had to jump right at it and establish ourselves, which we did on both sides of the ball,” Pine Crest coach Jim Pletcher said.

After having been limited to just one completion in the first half, Coral Springs Charter quarterback Joe McChrystal completed 11 passes in the second half, but emerged with no points to show for it because of costly interceptions.

Three of the six Pine Crest picks were made by defensive back Alex Welch.

Pine Crest remains the lone undefeated team in the South division of the newly formed Southeastern Football Conference.

The SFC is an independent conference formed this year by 14 mostly private schools that seceded from the Florida High School Athletic Association. It was formed, Pletcher said, by schools that prioritize academics more so than other FHSAA teams.

Pletcher, who is in his eighth year at Pine Crest, said he has been impressed with the new conference and the competitiveness between the team.

“Those of us that got together to form the league are pleased with what’s happened,” Pletcher said. “There are two games left in the regular season and there still is not a definite Northern or Southern division champ.”

R.J. RICO

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