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Fred Coppet rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns, including the 8-yard

go ahead score with 3:55 left as the St. Thomas Aquinas football team

(6-2, 4-0) rallied for a 24-20 victory over resurgent Plantation (6-2,



Alyssa Osborn, Chaminade, girls’ volleyball: Osborn had 18 spikes, three

aces and 48 assists to lead the Lions over Cardinal Gibbons for the

District 14-4A title.

Descartes Holland and Kent Haeffner, Pine Crest, boys’ swimming: Holland

won the 50 free and 100 free (47.72) and Haeffner won the 200 freestyle

and 500-free to help the Panthers win the District 10-1A title.

Brandon Bejarano, Westminster Academy, boys’ cross-country: Bejarano won

the individual title (17:25) in a meet against Pine Crest, Miami Country

Day, Highlands Christian and South Florida HEAT.

Tyler Cogswell, American Heritage, football: The Arkansas commit threw for

152 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots (7-1, 3-0) routed Cardinal

Gibbons 70-19, spoiling the Chiefs’ perfect season.

Megan Bodden, Sagemont, girls’ volleyball: Bodden had 15 points, 14 kills

and 11 digs to help the Lions beat Coral Springs Christian in the District

14-3A semifinals.

Ivan Parada, Pines Charter, boys’ swimming: Parada won the 200 IM and

100 backstroke to lead the Jaguars over Douglas and Coconut Creek.

Valentina Haupt and Mikaela Thibodeau, Cypress Bay girls’ golf: Haupt (74)

and Thibodeau (80) finished 1-4 to help the Lightning win the Region 8-2A


Matt Dayes, Cypress Bay, football: Dayes rushed for 115 yards and three

touchdown to lead the Lightning (6-2, 4-0) over Everglades 35-7.

Jamie Freedman, American Heritage, girls’ golf: Freedman earned medalist

with a 4-under-par 67 to help the Patriots win the Region 8-1A title.

Taylor Aseere, Pompano Beach, girls’ swimming: Aseere won the 100

backstroke to help the Tornadoes beat Deerfield Beach, Northeast and


Braxton Davis, Stranahan, football: Davis rushed for 116 yards and a

touchdown to help the Dragons rally past Pines Charter 13-3.

Kristian Caparros, American Heritage, boys’ golf: Caparros (69) won a

three-way playoff to earn medalist as the Patriots won the Region 8-1A



Special to The Miami Herald

It was just like the good old days on Monday night for the Miramar Patriots. Just a few short years after the “Darkside Defense” established its reputation as a totally dominant unit, the Patriots defense delivered a gem on Monday night.

Hosting Western in a key District 12-8A contest in which the loser faced playoff elimination, the Patriots defense completely shut down quarterback Wade Freebeck and the Western offense en route to an easy 27-0 shutout.

With the win, Miramar (5-4, 3-1) made Cypress Bay (4-0) the district champion, but the Patriots but will now square off against Flanagan on Saturday at 5 p.m. with the winner advancing to the playoffs as the district runner-up.

Western saw a promising season that started 6-0 falter to 6-2 and 2-2; the Wildcats were eliminated from postseason consideration.

Harassed all night by a vicious Miramar pass rush, Freebeck was just 5 of 28 for 22 yards, and the Western running game was virtually nonexistent, totaling just 9 yards — which would have been minus-14 had it not been for a 23-yard run on a fake punt by Ethan Lewis in the third quarter.

“They’re getting there, but they haven’t earned that Darkside nickname just yet,” Miramar coach Damon Cogdell said. “We knew Western had a good football team, and we did a good job of really shutting them down cold tonight for sure. We’re taking each week like a playoff game now, and our next playoff game is against Flanagan on Saturday.”

Miramar led just 7-0 at the half before breaking things open in the third quarter when running back Eric Pittman took over. He had a 36-yard run that set up his 3-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 and, two series later, took off on a 50-yard run to make it 20-0 with 6:01 left in the third.

•  Deerfield Beach 44, Coral Springs 8: Deerfield Beach jumped out to an early 19-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as the Bucks defeated host Coral Springs.

The win sets up a pivotal Friday night home matchup against District 11-8A leader South Plantation.

Deerfield Beach (4-3, 3-1) scored on its first three possessions, including touchdown runs of 11 and 3 yards by Aeron McNeal.

Brandon Powell added a 19-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. McNeal finished with 115 rushing yards and two scores in the game. Powell added 163 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

On defense, the Bucks held Coral Springs (3-5, 1-3) scoreless until the fourth quarter and forced three turnovers.

Coral Springs was led offensively by Cody Rounds, who had 92 rushing yards and Kevin Ferguson, who added 37 yards on the ground and one touchdown.


•  Calvary Christian 21, Moore Haven 14: Host Calvary Christian squandered a 14-point fourth-quarter lead as Moore Haven rallied for a victory in a game rescheduled because of inclement weather caused by Hurricane Sandy.

The Terriers (7-1-1) took advantage of three Calvary Christian fumbles, including one by senior quarterback Isaac Hoza with under a minute remaining. Senior Darius Cohens caught a 17-yard pass from sophomore Bronson Bass for the game-winning score.

Hoza threw two first-quarter touchdown passes — 29 yards to sophomore Alexander Fifelski and 42 yards to junior Matthew Nguyen for the Eagles (3-5), who lost their third in a row.


•  Cooper City 32, McArthur 31: The host Cowboys rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to defeat the Mustangs. Cooper City running back Jarrett Morgan rushed for 61 yards and three touchdowns. Mustangs running back Larry Smith ran for 158 yards and one score.


•  Hallandale 57, Pompano Beach 7: Tyler Huntley threw for 165 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Chargers (4-4, 1-2 District 15-5A) over host Pompano Beach (0-4, 0-9). Hussein Gordon had 63 receiving yards and two TDs for the Chargers.

The Chargers led 50-7 at halftime and forced five turnovers, including a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jonathon Jackson. Officials and coaches ended the game before the start of the fourth quarter.



•  District 15-4A final – Archbishop McCarthy d. Hollywood Hills 25-13,25-18,25-22: Alyssa Savery 8 sp, 3 aces, 15 kills, 5 blocks, 6 digs. Grace Balcazar 10 kills. Melissa Bandera 8 points, 4 aces, 40 assists. AM 14-10.

•  District 16-4A final – Gulliver d. Coral Shores 25-16, 25-8, 25-20: Catherine Arnholt 30 assists. Stephanie Rubin 12 kills, 15 digs. Melanie Brooks 22 digs. GUL 13-11.


•  University School 1, Somerset 0: Valerie Weinbrum goal. Valerie O’Toole assist.

•  Douglas 4, West Broward 0: Brianna Raaf 3 goals, assist. Kelly Field goal. Liz Gonzalez 5 saves, shutout.

•  North Broward 5, HEAT 0: Christine Creighton 3 goals. Kelsey Blow goal. assist. NBP 1-0.


•  District 12-2A – 1. Pembroke Pines Charter 403, 2. Fort Lauderdale 378, 3. Pompano Beach 361, 4. Archbishop McCarthy 240, 5. Key West 211, 6. Mater Academy 203, 7. Hollywood Hills 97, 8. Stranahan 52, 9. Hialeah Miami Lakes 51, 10. Dillard 44: 200 medley relay – 1. Pompano Beach 2:00.89, 2. Pines Charter 2:08.21, 3. McCarthy 2:09.86: 200 free: 1. M. Aponte (FTL) 2:01.00, 2. Adams (FTL) 2:01.65, 3. Perez (HML) 2:04.48. 200 IM; 1. Rodriguez (PPC) 2:26.38, 2. Stewart (PB) 2:29.55, 3. Collier (PB) 2:29.94. 50 free: 1. Schulte (PB) 26.03, 2. Armstrong (PPC) 26.85, 3. Hill (PPC) 26.91. 100 fly: 1. M. Aponte (FTL) 1:00.93, 2. A. Aponte (FTL) 1:07.20, 3. Petrillo (FTL) 1:08.23. 100 free: 1. Adams (FTL) 56.67, 2. Aseere (PB) 57.05, 3. Hill (PPC) 58.71. 500 free: 1. Calero (PPC) 5:29.77, 2. Perez (HML) 5:39.83, 3. A. Aponte (FTL) 5:48.10. 200 free relay: 1. PB 1:46.53, 2. FTL 1:47.65, 3. PPC 1:50.03. 100 back: 1. Aseere (PB) 1:03.43, 2. Fernandez (PPC) 1:08.21, 3. Rigau (PPC) 1:12.35. 100 breast: 1. Schulte (PB) 1:13.95, 2. Lawson-Corley (FTL) 1:18.97, 3. Portella (PB) 1:19.55; 400 free: 1. FTL 3:58.94, 2. PPC 4:02.84, 3. AM 4:08.13. Diving: 1. Degouveia (FTL) 343.10, 2. Cassanelli-Warriner (FTL) 310.90, 3. Rutherford (FTL) 306.20.


District 12-2A – 1. Belen 515, 2. McCarthy 274.50, 3. Fort Lauderdale 268, 4. Pines Charter 255, 5. Mater Academy 182, 6. Pompano Beach 148, 7. Key West 107.50, 8. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 84, 9. Stranahan 75, 10. Hollywood Hills 72, 11. Dillard 22: 200 relay: 1. BEL 1:45.29, 2. PPC 1:50.33, 3. MA 1:52.62. 200 free: 1. Ballestas (BJ) 1:43.33, 2. Rutkin (FTL) 1:43.70, 3. Hall (ABM) 1:51.62. 200 IM: 1. Lopez (BJ) 2:05.74, 2. Viloria (PPC) 2:09.43, 3. Colon (MA) 2:09.54; 50 free: 1. Marcoux (FTL) 22.67, 2. Guso (BJ) 23.04, 3. Mila (ABM) 23.19; 100 fly: 1. Alvarez (BJ) 52.69, 2. Nichlany (ABM) 53.47, 3. Ring (PB) 56.84. 100 free: 1. Ballestas (BJ) 47.47, 2. Parada (PPC) 49.36, 3. Marcoux (FTL) 49.95. 500 free: 1. Rutkin (FTL) 4:41.35, 2. DePawlikowski (BJ) 4:41.80, 3. Santos (MA) 4:49.47; 200 free: 1. BEL 1:31.62, 2. FTL 1:32.00, 3. AM 1:35.09. 100 back: 1. DePawlikowski (BJ) 53.56, 2. Alvarez (BJ) 54.65, 3. Parada (PPC) 58.76. 100 breast: 1. Lopez (BJ) 1:03.25, 2. Colon (MA) 1:04.47, 3. Wermuth (BJ) 1:06.08; 400 relay: 1. AM 3:24.90, 2. FTL 3:26.43, 3. BEL 3:26.89; Diving: 1. Honner, FTL 312.90, 2. Hardegree (HML) 295.65.

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