Heritage (8-1, 4-0) will face Miami Jackson in the regional quarterfinals in two weeks after concluding its season against Naples Golden Gate in Naples next Friday.
“We made it to his point last year. We were all new at it and didn’t do really well. We’ve got Golden Gate next week, but then it’s the third part of the season and the playoffs and that’s what we’ve been working for all year,” American Heritage coach Jeff Dellenbach said.
Isaiah McKenzie caught two touchdowns passes and Tyler Cogswell threw for 149 yards and three touchdowns as the outcome was never in doubt, just how quickly the game would go into running clock.
But the story was the Patriots’ dominating defense which got everything starting when Michael Deeb intercepted Lee Martin on Dillard’s first possession and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The Patriots defense gave up only 54 total yards to a Dillard offense that scored 70 points just three weeks ago against Pompano Beach.
“That was a big play. Our defense has been doing an excellent job and Michael Deeb just read the ball perfectly,” Dellenbach said.
Leading 21-0 at the break, the Patriots blew the doors off the hinges in the third scoring 28 points.
McKenzie caught a 36-yard touchdown pass on a fly pattern and followed it with 13-yard touchdown pass on a crossing route. He made a sharp cut back inside and got into the end zone for a 35-0 lead.
Walter Tucker then scored on a 14-yard touchdown run with 4:10 to play in the third and backup quarterback Torrance Gibson found Victor Ferrara for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 26 seconds to play in the third.
Even in an embarrassing defeat, there is a silver lining for the Panthers (4-5, 2-2) as they will join Hallandale and Cardinal Gibbons in a three-way tiebreaker on Monday night at Gibbons for the right to be the district runner-up. Dillard will face Hallandale first for one quarter. The winner will play Gibbons. The winner of that quarter will be the runner-up and play defending state champion Miami Norland in the regional quarterfinals.
“We got to prepare ourselves for Monday and get ready to play Monday. It’s do or die Monday. It’s going to be hard, but we just got to keep fighting through it. I feel like we had a bad night, but we just need to move forward,” Dillard coach Lorenzo Davis said.
Archbishop McCarthy 8, Marathon 2: Yari Bradfield 3 goals, Alexa Rivera goal, Colleen Becker goal,
Amanda Perez goal, Toni Mendoza goal, Stephanie Moreno goal. AM 1-1
St. Brendan 1, Somerset 1: Alex Cinney goal, Adri Prieto assist, Mallory Ryan 5 saves. SB 1-0-1.
• North Broward Prep 48, Somerset Academy 15: The Eagles clinched a playoff spot as the runner-up in District 7-4A with the win. North Broward Prep (3-4, 1-1 District 7-4A) will face Booker T. Washington in the regional semifinals in two weeks.
“We certainly wanted to get back on a winning track after losing the past couple of weeks,” Eagles coach Rex Nottage said.
Trailing 15-14 after the first quarter, the Eagles went to the passing game as Kevin Bush connected with Chris Taylor for scores of 40 and 36 yards to put the Eagles up 28-15 at the break.
Bush threw for 198 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Taylor finished with six catches for 130 yards and three scores. Semar Smith added 131 yards on the ground and three scores for the Eagles.