St. Thomas Aquinas kept itself in the hunt for a national championship with a dramatic overtime win over St. John Bosco late Friday night.
The Raiders weren’t the only team to work a little extra for a big win, however.
Facing one of Palm Beach County’s top contenders, Belen Jesuit pulled off a 34-33 overtime win over American Heritage-Delray in Eddie Delgado’s debut as the Wolverines’ head coach.
Sophomore Don Chaney Jr. scored four touchdowns for the Wolverines (1-0) including the game-winner on an eight-yard run in overtime.
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Gabriel Estrada knocked away the two-point conversion pass by American Heritage in overtime to seal the victory for the Wolverines.
Nate Payne caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Santi Venegas. Rob Martinez made a key interception and Andy Maza recovered a fumble.
▪ The District 16-6A title race will likely live up to expectations as evidenced by impressive performances by Northwestern, Central and Norland this week.
Norland routed Piper, a playoff team a year ago, at the Bengals’ home field on Friday night. The Vikings will go on the road next week to take on perennial state contender Apopka.
Northwestern took care of business with a 47-0 victory over American, setting up its showdown with Columbus on Friday at Traz Powell Stadium.
These lopsided wins followed Central’s 48-24 rout of reigning Class 3A state runner-up Chaminade-Madonna on Thursday.
Carol City lost a defensive struggle, 6-2 against Class 8A favorite Deerfield Beach, but the reigning 6A state champions have a loaded roster capable of making its own push for a title.
▪ Southwest 13, Coral Park 12: The Eagles squeaked by their neighborhood rivals in a rain-delayed win at Tropical Park and their first game under first-year coach Donnie March. Junior quarterback Tyler Pena went 5 for 5 passing for 76 yards and a threw a touchdown to Jordan Worley. Michael Maldonado and Ian Castellanos stuffed the two point conversion attempt by Coral Park to take the lead with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter. Michael Salvatore’s fumble recovery sealed the win. Sophomore Deondre Henry lead Southwest rushers with 12 carries for 66 yards. The Eagles’ leading tacklers were Samuel Diaz and Nicholas Serrano with seven.
▪ Norland 43, Piper 0: Joshua Ancrum ran for a 70-yard touchdown and Terence Evans ran for another from six yards out as part of the Vikings’ rout.
▪ University School 13, Belle Glade Glades Central 7: Kenny McIntosh led the Sharks to the road victory with 250 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown.
▪ Archbishop McCarthy 26, Fort Lauderdale 22: Jacob Baptiste led the Mavericks to the victory with 201 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Ethan Corbijn had two interceptions and seven tackles.
▪ Calvary Christian 37, Westminster Christian 0: Robbie Evans ran 18 times for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Daniel Jones caught four passes for 72 yards ran for 37 yards and a touchdown.
▪ Everglades 20, Hallandale 6: The Gators (1-0) were led by quarterback Shawn Jean, who had 14 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown.
▪ Western 33, South Broward 7: Harrison Story threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the Wildcats. Story threw for 142 yards and ran for 57. Western’s defense forced four turnovers. Robbie Ruebel and Kris Bleyer each had interceptions.
▪ South Plantation 35, Taravella 16: The Paladins (1-0) picked up their first win after going 0-10 last season.
▪ More scores: North Broward Prep 57, Pines Charter 0; Hialeah 8, Miami Springs 7; Marathon 48, Somerset Silver Palms 13.
▪ Rescheduled: Three games in Broward County have been postponed until Monday. Plantation will host West Broward at PAL Field at 7 p.m., Cypress Bay will host Cooper City at 6 p.m. and Flanagan will host McArthur at 7 p.m.