Miguel Andrillon rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown, and Killian scored 28 points in the third quarter to beat Southwest 45-7 in a Class 8A playoff game at Tropical Park on Friday night.
The Cougars (9-1, 4-1) gashed the Eagles (9-2, 4-0) with more than 400 yards, but it was an unusually potent passing attack that helped Killian get in the end zone after a lackluster first quarter. Quarterback David Felipe drove Killian downfield midway through the second quarter, passing four times for 60 yards, culminating in a 2-yard touchdown catch by Malcolm Vandergraff.
“It’s inevitable in football: You come off a big win and you come out a little bit flat, you have a tendency to play to the level of your opponent. And we just didn’t have that spunk and tenacity [Friday night],” Killian coach Cory Johnson said.
The Cougars defeated a strong Columbus squad last week to close out the regular season.
Jamaal Bugess added 91 rushing yards, all in the second half, and made the game a blowout with two long rushing touchdowns. The Eagles were unable to get running back Trayvon Sands — a two-way threat who nearly broke two kickoff returns before being chased down — on track.
While the game might have had extra meaning for Johnson, who spent eight seasons as an assistant at Southwest before taking the reins at Killian, he maintained that the win was significant only because it was in the playoffs and history is just that.
“It doesn’t matter to me at all. It’s just another team, another opponent. I first and foremost appreciate them giving me an opportunity to have a job there,” said Johnson, whose Cougars will face South Dade in the regional semifinals next week.
• Region 4-8A quarterfinal — South Dade 29, Varela 16: South Dade (10-1) capitalized on three Viper turnovers in the first half to defeat Varela (4-6) at Harris Field.
With five minutes left in the first quarter, Bucs linebacker Tremaine Brock recovered a Vipers fumble and ran 65 yards to score South Dade’s first touchdown.
On the first play of the next drive, South Dade defensive back Marlon Parnell picked off Varela’s Andy Fuentes to set up the Bucs for their second consecutive scoring drive.
Bucs quarterback Bryant Stewart threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
“We got a lot of work to do going into next week’s semifinal game,” South Dade coach Nathaniel Hudson said. “We want to build off the confidence of our last win but not get too complacent because it is going to be a battle.”
South Dade will face Killian in a Region 4-8A semifinal game at Harris Field next Saturday.
• Region 4-6A quarterfinal — Northwestern 38, Hollywood Hills 6: Northwestern (9-2) routed Hollywood Hills (4-7) in a Region 4-6A quarterfinal.
Northwestern charged out of the gate with two touchdowns in quick succession and never looked back. Running back Darius Tice scored the opening touchdown of the game with a 20-yard run up the middle on fourth-and-20. The Bulls scored again on the ensuing kickoff when Darnell Solomon fumbled the kickoff and Josue Mathurin picked up the loose ball and waltzed into the end zone.
Tice only touched the ball four times, but he still managed to score two touchdowns and run for 50 yards. Northwestern quarterback Randy Jones Jr. had a field day with the Hollywood Hills secondary. Jones completed four passes of over 30 yards. He finished with 240 yards and one touchdown without playing the majority of the second half.
• Region 4-2A semifinal — Dade Christian 39, Village Academy 16: It had been two weeks since Dade Christian (10-0) last played, and the early stages of Friday’s game showed the rust. Still, the team was able to come away with the victory against Village Academy (4-6) in the 4-2A regional semifinals and will play Glades Day in the regional final next week.
“We came out flat, and I think not playing last week hurt us a bit,” coach Mike Sonnenborn said. “We came out a bit sluggish, but we played our kind of football in the second half.”
Dade Christian struggled offensively in the first half, committing three key turnovers as it drove down the field. Despite the problems it had early on, it took the lead on a high snap that went into the back of the end zone for a safety.
Dade Christian fell behind on a Shawndarius Phillips 10-yard run in the final minute of the first half. That deficit would be short-lived though as Gary Sampson threw the first of his three touchdown passes on the final play of the first half.
The defense tipped the ball right into the hands of Terrence Alls for a 60-yard score, and the teams went into the dressing room tied at 8.
The Under Armour All-America All-Star Game finished its selection tour of South Florida football schools, picking up one more talented athlete to add to its roster.
Miami Northwestern defensive back Artie Burns, a University of Miami commitment, was officially presented with his game jersey at a ceremony at the school Friday morning.
Burns joins Booker T. Washington linebacker Matthew Thomas as Miami-Dade County’s representatives in the event, which is scheduled for Jan. 4 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
The game will also feature St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle Joey Bosa, University School defensive tackle Maquedius Bain, wide receiver Jordan Cunningham and Northeast wide receiver Stacy Coley.
Burns has 67 tackles, two interceptions and has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season.
“It’s the greatest because a lot of kids don’t get an opportunity like this,” Burns said. “It’s hitting me today, especially seeing how it made my momma smile. That’s always a good thing.”
ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ