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.
This time, Johnson was stopped on what seemed like the identical play that had been successful twice previously.
“We switched up the defensive front,” Homestead coach Patrick Burrows said.
After the conversion failed, Homestead ran out most of the clock, although a fumble by Johnnie Hankins at the Broncos’ 40-yard line had to make Burrows nervous. Homestead recovered the bobble, and one last drive for the Chiefs went nowhere.
• Booker T. Washington 49, Gulliver 6: The Tornados dominated the Raiders, scoring 29 points before the end of the first quarter.
Quarterback Treon Harris stood tall in the game, running in two touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass to Nicholas Norris.
Booker T.’s defense forced four fumbles, two safeties and blocked several key punts to hold the Raiders to one touchdown in the game.
Linebacker Akeem Jackson recovered a blocked punt and ran the ball 45 yards down the field for a defensive touchdown for Booker T.
Gulliver’s Cornelius Floyd scored the only touchdown for the Raiders.
Booker T. only needs to defeat Monsignor Pace in next week’s game to clinch its 10th consecutive district title.
COREY W. CAMPBELL
• Monsignor Pace 36, Doral 0: After struggling in the first half, Monsignor Pace opened things up in the second half to pull away to the easy victory on Saturday afternoon in a District 8-4A matchup at Doral Academy.
The Spartans (4-4, 1-2) were led by their two-quarterback system of Ben Voke and Kelly Benson. Benson completed 5 of 9 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and Voke was 4-of-8 passing for 81 yards and a score.
The game was close until the final play of the first half when Benson found Anthony Walker on a bubble screen over the middle for a 30 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 at the half. Doral fell to 2-7 and finished 0-4 in district play.
District 14-4A final — Chaminade d. Cardinal Gibbons 25-20, 14-25, 25-18, 25-19: Alyssa Osborn 18 sp, 3 aces, 48 assists. Emily O’Neil 13 kills, 7 service points, 2 blocks. Amber Addison 16 kills, 5 blocks. Ali Jacobs 8 kills, 12 digs, 11 service points, 3 aces. Kara Schwantes 10 digs, 9 sp, 2 aces. CHA 22-3.
Boyd Anderson at Blanche Ely, 7
Western at Miramar, 7
Archbishop McCarthy vs. Fort Lauderdale (Dillard), 7
Coral Glades at Northeast, 7
Deerfield Beach at Coral Springs, 7
McArthur at Cooper City, 7
Douglas at South Plantation, 7
Hollywood Hills at South Broward, 7
Hallandale at Pompano Beach, 7
Coconut Creek vs. Monarch (Deerfield Beach), 6
Moore Haven at Calvary Christian, 4
Coral Springs vs. Boyd Anderson (Boyd Anderson), 5
Cardinal Gibbons vs. North Broward Prep (North Broward Prep), 7
Dillard vs. Coconut Creek (Coconut Creek), 5
Coral Glades vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 7
Blanche Ely vs. Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale), 5
Piper vs. Hollywood Hills (Hollywood Hills), 4
Pompano Beach vs. Monarch (Monarch), 4
Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Nova (Nova), 7
Taravella vs. Plantation (Plantation), 5
Miramar vs. South Broward (South Broward), 7
Deerfield Beach vs. Stranahan (Stranahan), 4
Flanagan vs. McArthur (McArthur), 7
Jupiter Christian vs. Coral Springs Christian (Mullins), 7:00
Eagles View vs. University School (Nova), 7:00
Boyd Anderson vs. Blanche Ely (Ely), 5:00
Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Coral Springs (Coral Springs), 5:00
Hallandale vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 7:00