South Dade quarterback Kahlil Render threw a touchdown pass, and ran in another, leading the Buccaneers to a 16-12 win against the Carol City Chiefs at Harris Field in Homestead.
Render connected with wide receiver Tyre Brady on a 25-yard completion early in the first quarter, and ran in a 1-yard score in the second quarter to give South Dade a 13-0 halftime lead.
South Dade had a chance to extend their before halftime, but Carol City defensive back Leroy James intercepted a pass from Render 2 seconds before the second quarter ended.
The miscue hindered South Dade’s chances to put Carol City away early, as its defense steamrolled Carol City and starting quarterback Trayon Gray.
Gray, a University of Miami oral commit who will not be attending Saturday’s UF-UM game at Sun Life Stadium because of an early practice, broke free for several long carries including a 27-yard rushing touchdown to begin the fourth quarter.
Render connected with receiver/tight end Nathaniel Terry for a 65-yard catch and run on the ensuing drive to set up a field goal, giving South Dade a cushion for Carol City’s newfound momentum.
Carol City junior Rashard Fenton returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards, but Gray got sacked for a loss of 20 yards — putting the game away for South Dade with five minutes remaining. Gray threw a 20-yard touchdown to Shay’Quan Kendrick with 1:08 remaining, and the Chiefs failed a two-point conversion to end the game.