Eddie Jackson returned a punt and a fumble for touchdowns as Boyd Anderson routed host Ely 35-0 in a game that was delayed three days because of Hurricane Sandy.
While the Cobras (6-1, 3-1) defense dominated throughout, Jackson got Boyd Anderson on the board late in the first half when he returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown to give Boyd Anderson a 7-0 lead.
The win clinched the runner-up spot for the Cobras in District 14-7A. Northeast is the district champion by virtue of a 19-14 win over the Cobras earlier this season.
“Defense did a tremendous job. We dropped some interceptions,” Boyd Anderson coach Wayne Blair said. “Offensively, we left some points out there again. We can’t find ourselves as a team scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter. We got to do a better job of that coaching them up.”
That was all the scoring there was until Boyd Anderson opened the flood gates in the fourth quarter.
Gregory Hankerson scored on a 3-yard quarterback sneak for a 14-0 lead and then hit Richard Lopez for a 17-yard touchdown pass with 8:17 to play.
After botching a punt, the Tigers (4-4, 2-2) had their best scoring opportunity, getting the ball at Boyd Anderson’s 11-yard line. The Tigers moved to the 1-yard line before the Cobras defense forced a fumble from quarterback Nelson Ervin. Jackson scooped the fumble up and raced 89 yards for a touchdown and a 28-0 lead with 3:06 to play.
The Cobras finished the scoring off on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Hankerson to Romello Taylor in the final minute.
Hankerson finished with 176 yards pass and two touchdowns. Lopez had four catches for 55 yards a touchdown.
After having its district championship taken away last season, this trip to the playoffs is certainly redemption for this program.
“I feel like we’ve got a lot of unfinished business,” Blair said.
• South Plantation 34 Douglas 3: Even while containing one of the state’s top running backs, Douglas still came up short.
The Eagles (1-7) held running back Alex Collins to 52 yards and one touchdown. Collins, a University of Miami commit, had one of his lowest rushing totals of the season but only played the first half.
South Plantation (8-0) rolled easily despite five fumbles and six total turnovers. The Paladins defense, though, was stellar the entire night. Cornerback Natavious Odom returned an interception 10 yards for a touchdown, and senior linebacker Keon Knight also returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown. Defensive Back Hordley Seide returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown.
Quarterback John Franklin ran for 80 yards on 5 carries and a touchdown.
The Paladins look to take District 11-8A with a victory next week.
• McCarthy 38, Fort Lauderdale 35:
Senior running back Frantz Petit-Papa scored five touchdowns as McCarthy (6-2, 3-1 District 15-6A) beat Fort Lauderdale (4-4, 2-1).
Petit-Papa rushed for 117 yards on 27 carries with four touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 31 yards and another score. Junior quarterback Brandon Vicens finished 12 for 20 with 187 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He rushed for 100 yards on 15 carries.
Fort Lauderdale opened the scoring in the second quarter on senior Nick Ferrera’s 1-yard touchdown run. McCarthy answered with 16 points on a pair of Petit-Papa touchdowns and a safety. Senior quarterback Derrick Warren broke a tackle and scored on a 36-yard scramble to trim it to 16-13 at halftime.
For the third time on the ground, Petit-Papa found the end zone before Warren responded with another rushing touchdown of his own. Petit-Papa caught Vicens’ screen and scored to make it 31-20, but Ferrara beat the secondary for a 37-yard touchdown reception.
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• Northeast 52, Coral Glades 15: Northeast’s offense may have been as cold as the weather, but the Hurricanes’ defense carried them to a district win over Coral Glades.
The Hurricanes (7-1, 4-0) got off to a slow start and star wide receiver Stacey Coley sat out much of the first quarter. The Hurricane defense put on a show in the second quarter, however, returning two interceptions for touchdowns, one by the aforementioned Coley.
The offense began to click late in the first half, as Brian Sanchious connected on touchdown passes of 39 and 40 yards to Dennis Roberts and Marquis Miller, respectively. Coley was held without a reception.
Despite holding the electric Coley to just 15 total yards, the Jaguars (1-7, 0-4) couldn’t move the ball consistently against a stingy Northeast defense, managing just over 100 total yards in the game.
• Hollywood Hills 36, South Broward 24: Running back Griffin Goins rushed for 154 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Spartans (3-5, 2-1) defeated host South Broward (0-8, 0-3).
Trailing 17-9 with nine seconds to play, Bulldogs quarterback Qushawn Thomas connected with Andre Higgs for a 15-yard catch. After making the catch Higgs turned and lateraled the ball to running back Brandon Johnson.
Johnson ran the remaining 26-yards for a touchdown as time expired. South Broward made a two-point conversion to tie the score going into halftime.
South Broward led 24-23 going into the final quarter. Goins scored two of his touchdowns in the fourth quarter to complete the rally.
• Monarch 42 Coconut Creek 6: Monarch (6-2 2-2) defeated neighborhood rival Coconut Creek (1-7 1-3) and won the “Butterfly Trophy” in a District 14-7A game at Deerfield Beach.
Pasquel Burgess-Berger opened the scoring with a 1-yard quarterback keeper. On the next possession, Darius Hoggins scored of a 67-yard run.
The Cougars were driving down the field trying to make it a one-score game, but defensive back Ronald Hoggins intercepted Jhakari Harrison’s pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown to give Monarch a 21-0 lead.
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