Heading into its homecoming game against nondistrict opponent — and one-win team — Hollywood Hills, undefeated South Plantation looked to roll following a bye week.
But the Paladins didn’t play their sharpest football, beating the Spartans 18-0 on Thursday night at Sandra Darr Athletic Field.
After a scoreless first quarter, South Plantation (6-0) got on the scoreboard thanks to senior running back Alex Collins’ 5-yard run on the first play of the second quarter. It capped an eight-play, 58-yard drive.
Senior quarterback John Franklin III, who started the game 0 for 4, found senior wideout Rakeesh Davis for a 13-yard touchdown with 13 seconds remaining in the half and a 13-0 lead.
Collins, who has amassed more than 1,000 yards already this season, exited the game after sustaining a bruise on his right shin on a 2-yard rush on the first drive of the third quarter.
He came back after sitting out a play, but then sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit.
Senior Zack Leatherman connected on a 22-yard field goal to culminate the drive, which stalled inside the 5-yard line.
Collins, a University of Miami commitment, returned following two South Plantation drives, but then sat for good on the second-to-last drive. Coach Doug Gatewood said Collins was also sick.
The Paladins added a safety with six minutes left in the game when sophomore quarterback Darius Greene caught his deflected pass in the end zone and attempted another throw for the Spartans (1-5).
South Plantation recorded its first shutout of the season. The Paladins have outscored opponents by 98 points through six games.
“We struggled all night,” Gatewood said. “The homecoming festivities. ... It’s just always tough to play on homecoming, but [Hollywood Hills] did a good job. [We’re] undefeated, but I’d like to be happy about it. I am not.
“My defense did a good job. I was happy about that. Offensively, even when Alex is out, we’ve got to be able to do something.”
• Coral Glades 12, Pompano Beach 0: Coral Glades is winless no more as the Jaugars came away with a victory against still-winless Pompano Beach at Coral Glades’ homecoming.
The Jaguars controlled the game, but kept Pompano Beach (0-7) in it throughout because of two interceptions that killed drives.
But with 3:15 to play in the first half, Michael Dellelo hit Jason Engel, who was wide open, with a 48-yard touchdown pass for a 6-0 lead. The lead held as the Jaguars found the end zone again on a drive that featured running back Jeremy Sullivan.
Sullivan started the drive with an 11-yard run, then ran for 23 yards. A couple of penalties by Pompano Beach helped out, then Sullivan rushed for 10 yards and finally scored on a 25-yard run with 9:42 to play, which completed a seven-play, 89-yard drive that came immediately after Pompano turned the ball over on downs at the Coral Glades 11.
Sullivan led Coral Glades (1-5) with nine carries for 78 yards and a touchdown, and Dellelo passed for 123 yards and a score. Paul Elliott rushed for 51 yards for Pompano.