In a key District 15-5A matchup, host American Heritage scored 42 consecutive points in the second quarter en route to a 70-19 victory over Cardinal Gibbons on Saturday night.
With the win, the Patriots (7-1, 3-0) can capture their second consecutive district championship if they beat Dillard this week. If they lose, there would be a three-way tie in the standings. Saturday’s game was originally scheduled for Friday night but postponed because of Hurricane Sandy.
American Heritage struck first on Tyler Cogswell’s 25-yard pass to Isaiah McKenzie that capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive.
Sony Michel rushed for 42 yards, including a 31-yarder up the middle. He collected 143 yards on 10 carries in the first half.
Cardinal Gibbons (7-1, 2-1) responded with a touchdown of its own, but couldn’t connect on the extra point.
George Rushing caught Ryan Giaratano’s jump ball in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown. The Chiefs benefited from good position thanks to a face-mask penalty that started the drive at the Gibbons 45 and a key conversion on third-and-16.
The Patriots fired back with three touchdowns in a span just under four minutes in the second quarter.
Torrance Gibson rushed one in 18 yards from the wildcat formation and Cogswell connected with Alec Montes de Oca for 15 yards on the first play following a fumble on a kickoff.
Michel scored twice — from 2 yards and from 53 yards. Heritage blocked a Gibbons punt and Mark Aguilar Jr. returned it 50 yards for the score. Cogswell then found McKenzie again — this time on a 44-yard strike.
Both teams exchanged kickoff returns for touchdowns to open the third quarter. David Senior brought one back 82 yards and McKenzie reached the end zone for the third time on an 80-yarder.
Giaratano exited the game toward the end of the first quarter after rushing for 4 yards, getting taken down on a high tackle by McKenzie on third-and-8.
• Homestead 23, Carol City 22: Homestead stopped Carol City on a two-point try with 4:35 left in the game as the Broncos held off the Chiefs in a key District 16-6A matchup at Traz Powell Stadium on Saturday.
The Broncos (6-2, 2-1) can clinch a playoff spot with a win next week against Northwestern.
Carol City (6-3, 2-2) has already completed its district schedule. The Chiefs’ only hope for a playoff berth would be if a three-way tiebreaker is needed, and then Carol City would have to emerge from that grouping.
The Chiefs got in this predicament by fumbling in each of their first four possessions, losing two of them. On the Chiefs’ fifth drive, they threw an interception. It was all part of a six-turnover day for the Chiefs, including two picks by Homestead defensive back Marcus Jackson.
Homestead led 16-0 in the first quarter, but Carol City got back in the game on a pair of touchdown passes from Akeem Jones to William French. The first one came on fourth down after a minus-4-yard punt into the wind gave the Chiefs the ball at the Homestead 10. The second touchdown pass was a 58-yarder.
The Chiefs’ Diquan Johnson ran for two-point conversions after each of the first two touchdowns to tie the score at 16-16.
Homestead pulled ahead again on a 5-yard run around right end by quarterback Maurice Alexander. Uriel Hernandez’s extra point made it 23-16.
Jones’ 1-yard quarterback sneak got Carol City to within 23-22, but the Chiefs — whose kicker is out with a groin injury — were forced to go for two again.