St. Thomas Aquinas did not fare well on the west coast for the second year in a row.
The Raiders hopes of winning a third national championship took a major blow Friday night after a 12-0 shutout loss to host Centennial High in Peoria, Arizona.
Aquinas (3-1), ranked No. 3 in the nation by USA Today, failed to score in a game for the first time since a 21-0 loss to Piper in 1996.
The Raiders suffered a close loss last season in Las Vegas when they dropped a triple overtime decision against Bishop Gorman.
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And for the second consecutive game this year against an out-of-state opponent, Aquinas’ offense struggled.
The Raiders reached the end zone only once in overtime in their 9-3 win over then-No. 3 St. John Bosco (CA) on August 25.
On Friday night, Aquinas got close multiple times but hampered their efforts with penalties and turnovers.
Aquinas committed 13 penalties for 130 yards.
Its offense was held to 47 rushing yards and only seven first downs and quarterback Curt Casteel was intercepted twice and sacked five times.
Wide receiver Elijah Moore, a University of Georgia commitment, was one of the few bright spots for Aquinas, catching six passes for 66 yards.
"We were trying to get guys in space, but the ball didn't bounce our way," St. Thomas Aquinas coach Roger Harriott told USA Today’s AZCentral.com after the game. "We had too many penalties. It was a very messy game."
The Raiders’ defense, which had yielded only those three points to Bosco in three games entering Friday night’s contest, held firm until Centennial’s final drive as the Coyotes (6-0) were trying to run out the clock with a 6-0 lead.
Centennial did more than that when Boise State commit Zidane Thomas, who finished with 113 yards, broke loose for a 56-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes left.
Trailing 3-0 in the third quarter, a costly muffed punt by Tavares Kelly gave Centennial the ball in the red zone and it cashed in on the second of two field goals by Xavier Rojas.
Aquinas played its second game in five days, having beaten Stranahan on Monday. The tight stretch followed a span of 24 days without playing a game due to Hurricane Irma.
The Raiders will try to bounce back quickly next week but face another tough challenger when they host Broward rival Deerfield Beach on Friday at 7 p.m.
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▪ Monsignor Pace 39, Palm Glades Prep 0: Still stinging from a close loss to University School a week earlier, Monsignor Pace (2-1) took out its frustrations on Palm Glades Prep Thursday night with the lopsided victory. Junior running back Tyrone Douglas only touched the ball twice but made it pay off both times as he scored both times on runs of 44 and 49 yards in the first quarter. The Pace defense held PGP to less than 100 yards.
Crutchfield/Hawkins Invitational - River Greens CC Par 72: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 313, 2. Benjamin 324, 3. Doral Academy 330; Individuals: 1. L. Stone (Cambridge Christian) 71; 2. Taylor Roberts (AM) 71 (Lost in a 2-hole playoff); 3. Jennifer Lilly (AM) 78.
▪ Florida Christian d. Archimedean 25-16, 25-9, 25-22: Kaley Walkland had 18 points, 10 aces, and 3 digs; Emily Ruiz had 9 points, 5 aces, 7 kills, and 6 digs; And Gianna Ortiz had 8 points, 5 aces, 3 kills, 23 assists and 7 digs; FC 8-4.
▪ Chaminade-Madonna d. Cardinal Gibbons 25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18: Danielle Franzosa 19 digs, 5 service points; Kristen Rodriguez 12 kills, 6 digs; Amanda Allende 12 service points, 6 aces, 8 digs, 6 kills; CM 11-2.
▪ Ransom Everglades d. La Salle 25-6, 26-24, 25-16: Sydney Bent 11 kills, 8 digs, 3 aces; Dani Ortiz 21 assists; Ellie Carerra Justiz 10 kills, 9 digs; Anna Sannia 7 digs, 8 service points.
▪ Ransom Everglades d. Carrollton 25-16, 25-15, 25-14: Julia Ortiz 7 kills; Cammie Lindsey 4 kills 2 blocks; Sophia Antezana 3 kills 6 service points; Kellie Miller 2 aces, 4 digs.
▪ Belen 7, Central 0: Jacob Wutzler (BEL) high game 178, high series 472. Belen 4-1.
▪ Coral Park 7, Miami High 0: Alexis Escobar (CP) high game 172, Mitchell Lorenzana (CP) high series 404.
▪ Palmetto 7, Sunset 0: Connor Pipho high game 278; high series 639; P 3-2.
▪ TERRA 3, South Dade 0: Ryan Toffoli high game 237, high series 596. TER 5-0.
▪ Palmetto 7, Sunset 0: Delaney Richman high game 178, high series 390; P 4-1.
▪ Goleman d. American: Yamir Leal high game 223, high series 520; G 4-1.
▪ Miami High 7, Coral Park 0: Nikole Guevara (CP) high game 137; high series 355.
▪ Coral Park 5, Reagan 2: Guamay Martel (CP) high game 132; Tatiana (CP) high series 260.
▪ TERRA 3, South Dade 0: Astrid Trasobares 146, Elena Waechter 134. TERRA 4-1.
▪ Yeshiva 38, Posnack 50: Winner - Jacob Kuyper (Coral Springs Christian)
▪ Posnack 37, Yeshiva 42: Winner - Rosalie Weiss (Donna Klein)