Dillard wins three-way tiebreaker to make playoffs




Sophomore Jorge Garcia shot a 5-over-par 149 to win the FHSAA Class 1A individual title, and Matthew Mourin and Tyler Strafaci shot 74 and 75 in the final round to help the American Heritage boys’ golf team cruise to its first state team title.


Tara Brannen, Monarch, girls’ volleyball: Brannen had 19 kills to lead the Knights (17-3) over South Broward in the Region 4-7A quarterfinals, clinching its first berth in the regional semifinals.

Brandon Powell, Deerfield Beach, football: Powell rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns and recovered a key fumble to help the Bucks (5-3, 4-1) beat previously undefeated South Plantation (8-1, 4-1) 21-14.

Brandon Goldman and Jackson Harrington, St. Thomas Aquinas, boys’ swimming: Goldman won the 100 backstroke, and Harrington won the diving title to help the Raiders win the Region 4-3A team title.

Daesha Rogers, American Heritage, girls’ cross-country: The eighth-grade sensation outsprinted Pine Crest star freshman Julia Montgomery to win the District 14-2A title in a season-best 18:22.

Kirsten Kuhl, Douglas, girls’ volleyball: Kuhl had 15 kills, 10 assists and four blocks to lead the Eagles (21-2) over Cypress Bay 25-14, 22-25, 27-25, 25-21 in the Class 8A regional quarterfinals.

Carly Goldstein, Coral Glades, girls’ golf: The LSU commit shot a 4-under 140 to win the Class 2A state title.

Taj McGowan, Hallandale, football: McGowan rushed for 111 yards, including a go-ahead, 3-yard touchdown run with 4:10 left to lift the Chargers (5-4) to an 18-12 win over Cardinal Gibbons (7-2).

Tomas Gimenez-Beron, Nova, boys’ cross-country: The sophomore standout finished second in 17:38 to help the Titans win the District 11-4A title.

Brittany Hammond and Casey Francis, Pine Crest, girls’ swimming: Hammond won the 500 free (All-American automatic) in 4:51.48 and was second in the 200 free, and Francis won the 200 IM and finished second in the 500 free to help the Panthers win the Region 4-1A championships.

Morgan Rodriguez and Victoria Vigarino, Cardinal Gibbons, girls’ cross-country: Rodriguez defended her District 15-3A title and Victoria Vigarino finished fifth to help the Chiefs edge Archbishop 34-35 for the team title.

Savannah Davis, Pompano Beach, girls’ volleyball: Davis had 19 kills, 14 digs and 13 service points to lead the Tornadoes over Riviera Beach Suncoast in the Region 4-5A quarterfinals.

Christine Creighton and Kelsey Blow, North Broward, girls’ soccer: Creighton had a goal and assist and Blow added a goal in a 2-1 victory over Coral Springs Charter.


Dillard’s Dre’Sean Nelson wanted a taste of the playoffs, and that’s what he got. Nelson willed the Panthers to their first playoff berth since 2008 as they earned the District 15-5A runner-up spot behind American Heritage by beating Hallandale 6-0 in the first quarter and then beating Cardinal Gibbons 6-0 in the second quarter of a three-way tiebreaker.

Dillard will play defending state champion Miami Norland in the regional quarterfinals in two weeks after finishing its season against rival Ely in the Soul Bowl this weekend.

“Our team just came out. We believed. It was do or die,” Nelson said. “After that embarrassment [a 56-0 loss to American Heritage]. we just looked at each other and said, ‘This is it.’

“We came together. This is my first time [making the playoffs], and it feels good.”

The Panthers struck like lightning as Nelson returned the opening kickoff against Hallandale 98 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

The Chargers then drove 18 plays down to the Dillard 4 but failed to punch it in on four tries to turn it over on downs with 2:31 to play.

The Chargers thought they had forced a game-changing fumble in the final minute when it appeared Dillard’s Lee Martin fumbled following a 13-yard run that was subsequently returned for a touchdown by Aaron Plantt, but the back judge ruled Martin down even though the side judge threw his beanbag signaling a fumble. Martin was eventually ruled down, setting off the Hallandale coaching staff as the Panthers were able to run the final 52 seconds off the clock.

The Panthers then marched 80 yards in nine plays against Cardinal Gibbons to start the second quarter to give Dillard a 6-0 lead.

Nelson caught a short pass on third-and-9 from the Dillard 21-yard line, broke a couple of tackles, cut back across the field for a 61-yard reception that set up his 2-yard touchdown run five plays later with 6:52 to play.

The Chiefs seemed to be out of it until Martin made a huge mistake, throwing an interception to Demetrious Amerson . The Chiefs took over at the Dillard 43 and marched to the Dillard 7, but failed to score on fourth down, and Dillard began its unexpected celebration.

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat


• Blanche Ely 3, Dillard 0: John Belfort goal, assist. Kivens Joseph goal, assist. Akim Lyns goal. Jadel Toussaint assist. Nithson Blaise shutout. ELY 1-0.

• Monarch 1, West Broward 0: Gabe Menescal goal. Gian Scalise assist. Rafael De Jesus shutout. MON 1-0.

• Cypress Bay 6, Douglas 0: Juan Todeschini 2 goals, assist. Franco Nassacessi goal, assist. Nicolas Guevara goal. CB 1-0.

• Taravella 5, Northeast 0: Darwin Espinal 3 goals, 2 assists. Esteban Ochoa goal, assist. Santiago Perez goal, assist. Trevor Newman shutout. TAR 1-0.

• Sagemont 7, Sheridan Hills 0: Jesus Ablan 2 goals. Omar Elmasry 2 goals. Reinaldo Marquez shutout. SAGE 1-0.

• Pine Crest 3, Pompano Beach 1: Jonathon Bell 2 goals. Mark Simpson goal. Alex Britton assist. PC 1-0.


• Monarch 3, Flanagan 0: Robyn Whitaker goal, assist. Irma Casas goal, assist. Haley Schulte goal. Kacey Cotter shutout. MON 2-0-1.

• Pembroke Pines Charter 4, Everglades 0: Mya Goodman goal, 2 assists. Kayla Faulkner goal, 2 assists. PPC 4-0.

• Late Saturday – American Heritage 9, Naples Barron Collier 2: Zandy Soree 4 goals. Julia Jaffe 2 goals. Mel Monteagudo 2 goals. Michaela Kopecki 4 assists. AH 2-0.


The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings:

Class 8A

1. Dr. Phillips (12)10-01381
2. Plant (2)8-11252
3. Lake Brantley9-11103
T4. South Dade8-1778
T4. Fletcher8-177T4
6. Killian7-167T4
7. Vero Beach6-14210
8. Timber Creek8-1419
9. Cypress Bay7-222
10. East Lake8-117

Others receiving votes: South Plantation 11, Columbus 11, Miami Palmetto 7, Apopka 6, Orlando Freedom 5, Palm Beach Central 4, DeLand 4, Orlando University 3, Miramar 1, Palm Harbor University 1, Seminole Ridge 1.

Class 7A

1. Manatee (14)9-01401
2. First Coast9-01232
3. Lincoln9-01103
4. Ft. Pierce Cen.7-0905
5. Kissimmee Osceola9-0796
6. Dwyer8-1517
7. St. Thomas 7-2508
8. Durant9-0439
9. Lakeland8-1274
10. Atlantic Comm.7-221

Others receiving votes: Ridge Community 10, Oviedo 10, Venice 7, Plantation 4, Oakland Park Northeast 3, Fleming Island 2.

Class 6A

1. Gainesville (12)10-01381
2. Naples (1)8-01132
3. St. Augustine9-0953
4. Miami Central (1)6-2864
5. Columbia8-1825
6. Lake Gibson10-0766
7. Largo10-0757
8. New Smyrna Beach8-0478
9. Winter Haven8-1249
10. Navarre8-11210

Others receiving votes: Hillsborough 11, Miami Northwestern 8, Palm Bay 2, Heritage 1.

Class 5A

1. Wakulla (11)9-01361
2. Pasco (2)9-01172
3. Robinson9-01133
4. West Florida9-0875
5. American Heritage (1)8-1847
6. Godby8-1694
7. Merritt Island8-1548
8. Ponte Vedra8-1349
9. Southeast8-232
10. Norland7-22810

Others receiving votes: Palmetto 11, Lakewood 3, Bishop Moore 2.

Class 4A

1. Booker T. Wash. (10)8-11361
2. South Sumter (3)10-01262
3. Bolles School8-11103
4. Cocoa (1)7-21024
5. Dunbar8-162

Others receiving votes: Raines 18, Jones 6.

Class 3A

1. Del. Amer. Htg. (8)9-01341
2. University (6)8-01312
T3. Madison County9-11003
T3. First Academy9-01004
5. Clrwtr Cen. Cath.8-1765

Others receiving votes: Trinity Christian-Jacksonville 13, Fort Meade 6.

Class 2A

1. Dade Christian (11)9-01341
2. Warner Christian (1)8-11122
3. Glades Day7-1993
4. Lake Mary Prep9-0904
5. N. Fla. Chrstn. (2)6-2715



Region 3-8A semifinal: Douglas at Western, 7

Region 4-7A semifinal: Monarch at St. Thomas Aquinas, 4:30

Region 4-6A semifinal: Hollywood Hills at Archbishop McCarthy, 7

Region 4-5A semifinal: Jensen Beach at Pompano Beach, 7

Region 4-4A semifinal: Cardinal Gibbons at Chaminade, 7

Region 4-3A semifinal: Boca Raton Pope John Paul II at Calvary Christian, 7

Region 4-2A semifinal: Sheridan Hills at Greater Miami Academy, 7


Archbishop McCarthy at Pope John Paul II, 6

Pine Crest at Greater Miami Academy, 4

Pompano Beach at Hallandale, 7


Delray American Heritage at North Broward Prep, 7

Palmer Trinity at Archbishop McCarthy, 4

Pompano Beach at Hallandale, 5

Pine Crest at Greater Miami Academy, 2

University School at Ransom Everglades, 3:30

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