In overtime and with the game on the line, Miramar senior running back Alex Lee was surrounded by defenders, but he kept his eyes on the end zone two yards in front of him. Lee dove and made it — by inches.
Lee’s 4th-and-goal touchdown — a do-or-die play since St. Thomas Aquinas had already nailed a field goal — gave the Patriots a 27-24 overtime victory over the Raiders for the second consecutive year.
Lee finished the night with 143 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
The game, which had been tied 7-7 at halftime, exploded to life midway through the third quarter.
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The Patriots took a 14-7 lead off a 17-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Nick Jeanty but the Raiders responded with a touchdown of their own late in the third quarter.
Miramar used two crucial fourth-down conversions as part of a 63-yard touchdown, ending with a 1-yard run by Lee.
St. Thomas tied the game at two minutes left, sending the game into overtime.
The Raiders had a chance to win the game in the first overtime period but the St. Thomas kicker missed his 30-yard kick.
The kicker made a 37-yard kick in the second overtime frame to force the Patriots to score on their next possession. Lee made sure they did.
The Maverick offense came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 points in the frame as Archbishop McCarthy (4-1, 2-0) celebrated a homecoming win over the Jaguars (1-4, 0-1) in front of about 500 fans.
Three different Maverick rushers picked up at least 40 yards each, including junior quarterback Brandon Vicens, who picked up 65 yards and a score, as well as a passing touchdown.
The Jaguars were led by senior running back Jiovanni Aponte, who rushed 18 times for 107 yards, but they were unable to gather any momentum, with their only score coming on a blocked punt recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by Aponte.
•Flanagan 44, West Broward 8:
The Falcons defeated the Bobcats in front of 150 fans. After four fumbles in the first eight plays of the game both teams were able to pickup safeties.
It was all downhill from there for West Broward, as it allowed 368 yards of offense. West Broward running back Anderson Correa ran for 89 yards on 20 attempts.
Flannigan running back Keavon Mitchell rushed for 95 yards on only four attempts. He scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving.
•Plantation 47, Hollywood Hills 6:
The Colonels (5-1, 2-0) picked up a fifth consecutive victory with an impressive win over the Spartans (1-4, 1-1) at PAL Field.
Plantation’s high-powered offensive score on all but one possession in the first half. The defense only gave up two first-half first downs to Hollywood Hills, one on a penalty. Receiver Solomon Loud had two catches, both for touchdowns in the first half. Quarterback Chris Lammons passed for 87 yards, rushed for 59 yards and scored three touchdowns. Running back Jovante Ham rushed for a game-high 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Aaron Spencer led Hollywood Hills with 42 rushing yards.
•Taravella 28, Everglades 14:
Lorenzo Jerome threw all three touchdown passes in the first half, then led the host Trojans (4-2) with a dominating rushing attack in the second half of a nondistrict game at Coral Springs.
Jerome, Jawanza Evan-Morris, and Kevin Humphries combined to gain 251 yards on 42 carries en route to collecting 19 first downs (to Everglades’ six).
Evans-Morris (114 yards, 18 carries) scored the only touchdown in the second half with 5:24 remaining on a 4-yard run as the Gators dropped to 3-3.
The Trojans outgained the Gators 228-114 to take a 21-14 halftime lead. The Trojans took the opening series and marched 80 yards in eight plays with Jerome throwing his first of three first-half touchdown passes, a 37-yarder to Kevin Humphries for the 7-0 first quarter lead.
Taravella stretched its lead to 14-0 when fullback Dan Barba-Allison was at the right place, recovering a fumble that rolled in the end zone following a 14-yard Jerome-to-Davory McKoy pass play.
On the ensuing kickoff, Everglades’ Andre Hallmon scored the first of his two first-half touchdown on a 95 kickoff return to cut the lead in half at 14-7. The Trojans took another two-touchdown lead when Humphries, who also intercepted a pass from his cornerback position, scored on a screen pass for the 47-yard catch-and-run play.
Just three plays later, Hallmon responded for the Gators with a 75-yard scoring reception from Caleb Goodson with 2:42 left in the half.
•Coral Springs 35 Coral Glades 13:
Coral Springs used seven running backs and gained 299 yards on the ground.
The Jaguars scored on their opening drive, and Colts responded with 28 unanswered points in the first half capped with a 55-yard interception return by safety Devonte Witty. Kevin Ferguson had 111 yards to lead the Colts with two touchdown runs of 33 and 1 yard.
Anthony Mazza injured his leg for Coral Glades and was sent to the hospital.
The Jaguars were lead 108 yards rushing by Malik Bynum and seven catches for 111 yards by tight end Jason Engel.
•McArthur 21, Fort Lauderdale 7:
McArthur (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with the win against Fort Lauderdale (2-3).
McArthur scored touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams.
Curtis Robertson returned a kick 85 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to give the Mustangs a lead they would not relinquish.
Robertson also recorded an interception.
Kendrell McFadden returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, which ended up being the last score of the game.
•Inlet Grove 40, North Broward Prep 18:
North Broward Prep had no answers to contain running back Isaiah Cambridge as visiting Rivera Beach Inlet Grove defeated the Eagles in Coconut Creek.
North Broward Prep (3-3, 0-1 District 7-4A) had multiple missed assignments on defense as Cambridge put Inlet Grove (3-3, 1-0 District 7-4A) on the board in the first quarter on a 43-yard run to take a 7-0 lead.
Cambridge finished with 182 rushing yards and two touchdowns. “We were pointing to this game since day one,” said Inlet Grove coach Jimmy Bell. “We thought that we could run the ball on them.”
The Eagles struggled most the first half to find a rhythm in its passing game.
After the Hurricanes took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter, Kevin Bush led the Eagles with two touchdown passes late in the half to trim the deficit to 21-12 at the break. Bush finished with 113 passing yards.