In a battle that could potentially decide the District 14-8A runner-up, host Coral Gables held South Miami out of the end zone on two crucial goal line stands to latch on to a 6-0 victory Friday.
Leo Lorenzo thought he won it for the Cobras (2-3, 1-1) when he caught a lob from Patrick Coats in the back left corner of the end zone with under a minute remaining, but the play was called dead because of a false start.
Coats, who drove South Miami 85 yards needing 90 on the final drive, then threw an incomplete pass and was sacked on the last play to bring the Cavaliers (2-3, 1-0) rushing onto the field maniacally.
Coral Gables also stood its ground on the goal line to wrap up the third quarter. With the Cobras on the 1-yard line, the Cavaliers stuffed them on four consecutive rushing plays.
“South Miami gave us a few really big punches,” Coral Gables coach Roger Pollard said. “We were able to regain our consciousness and fight back a little bit with those two stands.”
Cavalier linebacker and captain Roberto Zaldivar, who scored Friday’s only points on a 22-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown on the game’s inital play from scrimmage, was also in the middle of the two stands.
“It was like they disrespected us; they punched us in the mouth,” Zaldivar said. “We chewed it up and spit it back out to them. It was a great feeling.”
• Ferguson 27, Sunset 14: Ferguson quarterback Nick Alvarez had 15 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Falcons to their first district-win of the season.
On the second-play of the game, Alvarez broke an 80-yard run for the Falcon’s first score.
“We started off 0-4. Its great to get back on top,” he said.
The Falcons (2-3) amassed 372 yards of total offense at Tropical Park on Friday.
Trailing 14-13 late in the third quarter, Alvarez had a 20-yard gain on a quarterback bootleg to move the ball deep into Knights’ territory. Alvarez, after faking a pitch to the running back, scored the game-winning touchdown on a 4-yard run up the middle.
Ferguson senior Isaiah “Zee” Braddy had 136 yards on 13 carries, including a 35-yard score to seal the Ferguson victory.
“Zee, my fullback, is always there when I need him,” Alvarez said.
For Sunset (1-5), running back Oscar Falcon had 14 carries for 92 yards and a score. Quarterback Alvaro Leon completed 11 of 16 pass attempts for 83 yards and a touchdown.
The Knights, trailing 20-14 late in the fourth quarter, tried to mounted a come-back drive but miscues and a relentless Ferguson defense limited the Sunset offense.
• Edison 42, Doral Academy 7: With the Edison (1-3) roster trimmed from 61 players to 35 because of disciplinary action, senior Markey Joyner took it upon himself to lead the Red Raiders (2-4) past the Firebirds at Doral.
Joyner made sure the team knew those players who did not play tonight would have to work hard to receive their spots back.
“I told my team to make them earn their respect back,” Joyner said. “I knew I had to step it up for my team.”
Joyner compiled five touchdowns and 350 all-purpose yards; quarterback Maurice Nelson went 9 of 13 for 260 yards with two passing touchdowns and one rushing score. In addition, wide receiver Odis Grimes had 81 yards and a receiving score.
• Trinity Catholic 28, Pace 14: The Spartans made the five-plus hour trek to Ocala to take on the 2010 Class 2B state champion Celtics and found the going rough as TC won.
Usually reliant on its speed and a needing good field conditions for its fast-paced offense, Pace instead, thanks to days of heavy rain, got treated to a near mudfest as field conditions were extremely sloppy.
Down 17-0 late in the third quarter, the Spartans (2-3) made a game of things when, following a blocked punt deep in TC territory, Kelly Benson found Guy Lemonier for a 14-yard touchdown to make it 17-7.
Just four minutes later, the Pace punt block team came through again when the Celtics punter couldn’t handle the snap in his own end zone, Lemonier fell on the loose ball for a touchdown and it was 17-14 with 9:34 left in the game.
• Goleman 28, Miami Springs 7: Goleman used a bruising run game to push Miami Springs around at Milander Park.
The Gators (2-4, 1-0 16-7A) ran for 237 yards in a ball control offense that limited Miami Springs (1-4, 0-1) to nine plays in the first half. Jeremiah Oyetunji had 105 yards on 18 carries, and O’Bryan Anderson ran for 98 on eight carries.
• Benjamin 31, LaSalle 30 OT: The Lions (4-2) battled the Buccaneers (5-1) into overtime but lost.
LaSalle initially entered the game with a four-game winning streak.
Lions quarterback Joey McCain threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss.
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• Dade Christian 47, Barrington Christian 6: The Crusaders dominated the Falcons at Dade Christian on Friday.
The first quarter saw no scores until Kenny Lewis caught an interception deep in Falcons’ territory and returned it 32 yards.
Later in the third, Adrain Sosa caught a tipped pass from Dillion Vallejo in the end zone.
Lewis finished with 53 yards and 2 touchdowns.
• Jackson 32, Key West 12: Jackson incurred more than 180 yards in penalties, but it didn’t matter as the visiting Generals rolled to a victory over the mistake-prone Conchs in a District 16-5A game at Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium.
Junior quarterback Quinton Flowers passed for more than 200 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown toss in the first quarter that gave the Generals a 7-0 lead they never relinquished. Flowers also ran for a touchdown, as did Timothy Bellinger.
Jackson — which improved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the district — forced five turnovers, the last of which was an interception that was returned 82 yards for a touchdown by Bennie Powell.
Key West (4-2, 0-1) was led by fullback Elliott Valdez, who ran for 117 yards. The Conchs were held scoreless in the second half.