Searching for its first win on the season, West Broward picked the perfect time to play its best game of the season on homecoming night.
Led by the running of quarterback Connor D’Orio and running back Dejay Ingleton, the Bobcats earned their first win of the season with a 20-13 in overtime over Hollywood Hills in a nondistrict matchup at Flanagan High on Thursday.
D’Orio finished the game with 32 rushing yards and two scores on the ground for West Broward (1-6). Ingleton led the Bobcats with 79 rushing yards.
“The guys stayed in there and fought tonight,” West Broward first-year coach Eric Gudger said. “I’m really proud of them.”
With the first possession in overtime on second down, D’Orio took the snap from center and rolled hard to his right then cut back up field to put the Bobcats in the lead.
“When I saw that hole open up, I just thought about the “W.” D’Orio said. “I saw it and I took it.”
But, there was still work to do for the Bobcats to do on defense.
On Hollywood Hills’ possession in overtime, the Spartans (2-4) continued to run the ball.
On second down from the 8-yard line, West Broward defensive lineman Kevin Lazo recovered Shaddrick Lowery’s fumble to seal the win.
Lowery rushed for 37 yards and two scores for Hollywood Hills.
“We had to win this game,” D’Orio said. “We had a lot of big plays and our D-line played a [great] game.”
Those big plays included three fumble recoveries on defense.
The win was the Bobcats’ first win since defeating Piper 20-19 in their final game of the 2012 season.
“For a change we set the tempo,” Gudger said. “The guys stuck together.”
WEST BROWARD 20,
HOLLYWOOD HILLS 13
HH - Lowery 6 run (German kick)
WB - FG McGill 28
WB - D’Orio 1 run (McGill kick)
HH - Lowery 5 run (2pt. failed)
WB - FG McGill 23
WB - D’Orio 9 run (McGill kick)
ELSEWHERECoconut Creek 47, Pembroke Pines Charter 28:
Cougars sophomore quarterback Jahkari Harrison went 19 for 23 for 381 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes to lead Coconut Creek to a victory over visiting Pembroke Pines Charter (1-6, 0-4).
Coconut Creek (4-3, 2-2) jumped out to a 21-7 first quarter lead and coasted to the victory.
COCONUT CREEK 47,
PINES CHARTER 28
CC: Watkins 3 run (Gabriel kick)
PPC: Charles 80 run (Davis kick)
CC: Young 85 kickoff return (Gabriel kick)
CC: Alexander 10 pass from Harrison (Gabriel kick)
CC: Greene 75 pass from Harrison (kick failed)
PPC: Jablonka 3 run (Davis kick)
CC: Blair 38 pass from Harrison (kick failed)
PPC: DeLeon 5 run (Davis kick)
CC: Alexander 38 pass from Harrison (Gabriel kick)
CC: Alexander 25 pass from Harrison (Gabriel kick)
PPC: DeLeon 15 run (Davis kick)
Rushing: PPC: Damien Charles 19-148, John Jablonka 16-92, Jordan DeLeon 6-84, Will Facey 5-22, Kevin Gonzalez 5-14.
CC: Taiwain Watkins 7-27, Emmanuel Green 2-23, Malik Perry 2-10, Worshley Lima 1-0, Malik Young 2-(minus 2), Jahkari Harrison 3-(minus 7.
Passing: PPC: John Jablonka 1-4-1, 25 yards.
CC: Jahkari Harrison 1-5-1, 19 yards.
Receiving: PPC: Jordan DeLeon 1-25.
CC: Emanuel Greene 5-143, Erin Alexander 7-134, Alan Blair 2-32, Malik Young 1-30, Jahvon Whitehead 1-18Stranahan 26, Archbishop McCarthy 7:
McFadden opened the scoring in the first quarter hauling in a 39-yard touchdown pass from Eugene Davis. The two connected again on the next drive for a 24-yard touchdown, before McFadden moved to quarterback for a few plays. The senior athlete found Javonne Heastie for a 35-yard touchdown –– and the offense was moving the ball with ease.
The Dragons (2-4, 2-2 in 15-6A) forced two turnovers and stopped the Mavericks (0-6, 0-4) five times on attempted fourth-down conversions.
McFadden opened the second half with a 34-yard strike to Marvin Robinson for his second touchdown pass of the game and finished with 121 yards of total offense. Davis added 151 yards passing while Heastie tallied 141 yards of offense in a variety of ways. The Mavericks lone score came in the second quarter when Eric Paul tossed a 18-yard touchdown to Justin Thomas.
Venice High ended St. Thomas Aquinas’ season last year in the state finals, leaving a sour taste in the mouths of coach Lisa Zielinski and her team.
The Raiders and Zielinski capitalized on an opportunity to avenge the loss as they traveled to Venice and defeated the 25-9, 25-22, 29-27.
For the Raiders (18-2), this was a game circled on their calendars.
“We had a very successful season last year with a lot of seniors, but we lost to them in the state finals,” Zielinski said. “It meant a lot for the girls to come back and beat this team.”
Zielinski, before her team heads into the postseason, wanted to gauge how her team responds in a crucial game against an opponent that has beaten them before.
“I wanted to see how we played a team that has beaten us before,” said Zielinski. “Those are the challenges we want them to overcome before the postseason.”
Nikki Lyons led the way for the Raiders, registering 14 kills, nine digs, six points and three blocks.
“Nikki is hitting phenomenally right now, it was hard for them to try and stop her,” Zielinski said of Lyons’ performance.
As for the rest of the season, the Raiders still have some competitive matchups before the postseason begins. But for now St. Thomas can relish that it traveled to Venice and avenged the 2012 season-ending loss.
“We are nearing the tail end of the regular season, we are just hoping to fine tune right now,” Zielinski said. “I’d like to go into the postseason as challenged as much as possible and our goal is to get back into the state finals.”
RUBEN PALACIOSSt. Thomas Aquinas d. Venice 25-9, 25-22, 29-27: Cardinal Gibbons d. Dillard 25-14, 25-5, 25-13: Western d. Douglas 25-22, 25-10, 25-21: Calvary Christian d. Miami Country Day 25-13, 25-15, 25-12: Pompano Beach d. McCarthy 25-23, 22-25, 25- 20, 23-25, 15-10:
BOYS’ GOLFCalvary Christian 153, Westminster Academy 162 (at Palm Aire Oaks par 35):
GIRLS’ GOLFPalmetto 243, Ferguson 276, South Miami 292, Sunset 296:
Bolles at American Heritage, 7:30
Ely at Plantation (PAL), 7
Pompano Beach at Calvary Christian, 7
Champagnat at Chaminade, 4
Cooper City at Flanagan, 7
Douglas at Coral Glades, 7
Coral Springs at South Plantation, 7
Coral Springs Charter at Pope John Paul, 7
Western at Cypress Bay, 7
Piper at Deerfield Beach, 7
Boynton Beach at Dillard, 7
Miramar at Everglades, 7
Fort Lauderdale at Lakeland, 7
Suncoast at Hallandale, 7
Highlands Christian at Trinity, 7
McArthur at South Broward, 7
Monarch at Taravella (C.Springs), 7
Barrington Christian at North Broward, 7
St. Thomas Aquinas at Northeast, 7
Benjamin at Pine Crest, 7
Somerset Academy at Glades Day, 7
Westminster Academy at Ransom, 7:30
St. Thomas Aquinas at Benjamin (Home), 3
Doctors Charter at Sagemont, 3
Somerset Academy at Sagemont, 3
St. Thomas Aquinas at Tampa Berkley, 4:30Palmetto at McCarthy, 5
Doctors Charter at Sagemont (Sagemont), 4
Northwestern vs. Booker T. Washington (Traz), 7
Marathon at Curley, 2
South Plantation vs. Coral Springs (Home), 4:30
Cooper City vs. Flanagan (Flanagan), 4:30
Miramar vs. Piper (Home), 4:30
Blanche Ely vs. Stranahan (Stranahan), 4:30
Monsignor Pace vs. Sagemont (Sagemont), 6:30