In overtime and with the game on the line, Miramar senior running back Alex Lee was surrounded by defenders, but he kept his eyes on the end zone two yards in front of him. Lee dove and made it — by inches.
Lee’s 4th-and-goal touchdown — a do-or-die play since St. Thomas Aquinas had already nailed a field goal — gave the Patriots a 27-24 overtime victory over the Raiders for the second consecutive year.
Lee finished the night with 143 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
The game, which had been tied 7-7 at halftime, exploded to life midway through the third quarter.
The Patriots took a 14-7 lead off a 17-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Nick Jeanty but the Raiders responded with a touchdown of their own late in the third quarter.
Miramar used two crucial fourth-down conversions as part of a 63-yard touchdown, ending with a 1-yard run by Lee.
St. Thomas tied the game at two minutes left, sending the game into overtime.
The Raiders had a chance to win the game in the first overtime period but the St. Thomas kicker missed his 30-yard kick.
The kicker made a 37-yard kick in the second overtime frame to force the Patriots to score on their next possession. Lee made sure they did.
• Archbishop McCarthy 34, Pembroke Pines Charter 7: The Maverick offense came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 points in the frame as Archbishop McCarthy (4-1, 2-0) celebrated a homecoming win over the Jaguars (1-4, 0-1) in front of about 500 fans.
Three different Maverick rushers picked up at least 40 yards each, including junior quarterback Brandon Vicens, who picked up 65 yards and a score, as well as a passing touchdown.
The Jaguars were led by senior running back Jiovanni Aponte, who rushed 18 times for 107 yards, but they were unable to gather any momentum, with their only score coming on a blocked punt recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by Aponte.
• Flanagan 44, West Broward 8: The Falcons defeated the Bobcats in front of 150 fans. After four fumbles in the first eight plays of the game both teams were able to pickup safeties.
It was all downhill from there for West Broward, as it allowed 368 yards of offense. West Broward running back Anderson Correa ran for 89 yards on 20 attempts.
Flannigan running back Keavon Mitchell rushed for 95 yards on only four attempts. He scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving.
• Plantation 47, Hollywood Hills 6: The Colonels (5-1, 2-0) picked up a fifth consecutive victory with an impressive win over the Spartans (1-4, 1-1) at PAL Field.
Plantation’s high-powered offensive score on all but one possession in the first half. The defense only gave up two first-half first downs to Hollywood Hills, one on a penalty. Receiver Solomon Loud had two catches, both for touchdowns in the first half. Quarterback Chris Lammons passed for 87 yards, rushed for 59 yards and scored three touchdowns. Running back Jovante Ham rushed for a game-high 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Aaron Spencer led Hollywood Hills with 42 rushing yards.
• Taravella 28, Everglades 14: Lorenzo Jerome threw all three touchdown passes in the first half, then led the host Trojans (4-2) with a dominating rushing attack in the second half of a nondistrict game at Coral Springs.