History was made Saturday evening when the Monsignor Pace flag football team defeated Everglades 13-0 in the state flag football first round play-in game.
Pace is the first Miami-Dade County flag football team to advance past the first round of states. Each team entered the game undefeated. Already up by a touchdown midway through the third quarter, the Spartans scored on a 21-yard catch by Kadesha Floyd to give them a 13-point advantage after a missed extra point. Late in the fourth quarter, Brandi Harrington intercepted a pass to secure the win. Pace (15-0) forced four interceptions during the game. .
“Very, very tough game,” coach John Rodriguez said. “It was a great victory for our program. The interceptions were key and so was the second touchdown.”
Everglades (11-1) was faced with a 4th-and-short at the end of the third quarter, but a sack by Harrington ended that drive.
Sophomore quarterback Sabrina Cabrera led the Spartans with two touchdown passes. She completed 11 of 23 passes with one interception. Harrington had four offensive catches, two for a first down. Pace scored on its first possession of the game with an 8-yard touchdown catch by Harrington from Cabrera. The Spartans will face Stranahan in the second round.
• First-round state play-in — Stranahan 20, Miramar 14: The host Dragons remain undefeated at 15-0 as quarterback Jasmine Rowe accounted for all three of her team’s touchdowns, including the winning touchdown pass with one minute remaining to complete the comeback victory.
The game-winning score came on Rowe’s 27-yard completion to Brittany Wallen-Young for an 18-14 lead. Desire Sims then scored the two-point conversion on a reception for the final score.
Stranahan trailed 14-6 at halftime before edging closer in the third quarter on Rowe’s second rushing touchdown to make it 14-12 Miramar.
Miramar’s attempted rally was cut short when defensive back Brianna Miller picked off the Patriots’ last pass with 35 seconds remaining.
• First-round state play-in — Piper 6, Taravella 0: Piper’s unlikely run in the state playoffs will last another week.
Defensive back Natasha Murray’s interception of Taravella quarterback Mariah Triplett’s pass at the 40-yard line with 43 seconds remaining in the game sealed Piper’s upset win over the Trojans (11-4) at Taravella High in Coral Springs.
The win sends the Bengals (5-9) to the second round state play-in to face Delray Beach Atlantic High School.
“Our girls are resilient,” Piper coach Jeff Brown said. “They are a young group of girls. They are coming into their own and they are coming around at the right time.”
After a scoreless first half, Piper hit a big play in the third quarter as quarterback Tatyana Voltaire found receiver Davisha Page for a 55-yard pass to set up a 1st-and-goal.
On 4th-and-goal, Voltaire scrambled out of the pocket and hit receiver Demi Bazan in the back of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown. Voltaire finished with 184 passing yards and Bazan led the Bengals with 95 receiving yards.
• First-round state play-in — Delray Atlantic 14, Deerfield Beach 12: Stefaterra Boykins had a pair of one-yard touchdown runs for Deerfield Beach, which just days ago won the first district title in program history, but it wasn’t enough as the Bucks (9-4) were eliminated.
Quarterback Vanessa Ragnarsson was intercepted with just under 40 seconds left to clinch the Eagles’ victory.
“It’s frustrating, but last year at this time, we weren’t here,” said Deerfield coach Cameron Thomas. “This is one of the biggest stepping stones we’ve ever had. I’m just happy the girls fought.” CHRISTY CABRERA CHIRINOS
TRACK & FIELD
• Westminster Academy sophomore Andrew James introduced himself with a bang at the Class 1A state track finals on Friday. After missing his freshman season to recover from an appendectomy James made up for lost time by winning the 400-meters and finishing second in the 200-meters at the University of North Florida. James clocked 48.82 to cap an undefeated season in the 400 and set a personal-best 21.51 in the 200.
James wrapped up his state debut by anchoring the Lions’ 1,600-meter relay team to a third-place finish in 3:27.94.
• Late Thursday — District 16-3A final — Florida Christian 2, Westminster Christian 1: Chris Gandara’s two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth lifted defending district champion Florida Christian to a 2-1 victory over Westminster Christian in the District 16-3A final Thursday night.
The Patriots will host Dade Christian in regional quarterfinals while the Warriors get Mater Lakes.
WP: Christian Pelaez.
• Late Friday — District 11-8A final — Flanagan 4, Cypress Bay 0: Pitcher Alex Sarmiento shut out the Lightning offense, and a three-run fourth lifted the Falcons (18-5) to the victory over Cypress Bay (14-6).
Flanagan will play Coral Glades in regional quarterfinals, and Cypress Bay faces Douglas.
WP: Alex Sarmiento. LP:J.R. Bahder.