The Mayor’s Cup is staying at Miramar High School for the eighth consecutive year after the Patriots blasted host Everglades 38-0 in a game that was in running clock just over two minutes into the third quarter.
Behind a defense that was suffocating from the opening play and only gave up 6 yards to a totally overmatched Gators offense, the Patriots rolled to a seventh win in a row, setting up a big showdown with undefeated Flanagan next Friday at Miramar.
After forcing a three-and-out to start the game, the Patriots took advantage of a 7-yard punt by Everglades (3-4, 1-3) and took their opening possession at the Gators’ 10-yard line. Miramar quarterback Nick Jeanty found Kevin Purlett for a 10-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
It was the first of three touchdown passes by Jeanty. He also rushed for a touchdown as the Patriots built a 28-0 lead at the half. If not for two touchdowns that were called back by penalty, the score could have been worse. In all, Miramar had four touchdowns called back because of penalties.
The Patriots (7-0, 3-0) scored on their first possession of the third quarter when backup quarterback Gerald Hawkins hit Kahlil Lewis for an 8-yard touchdown and the game went into running clock with 9:28 to play in the third quarter. Jeanty finished with 133 yards passing.
For the Gators, they simply could never get anything going. They committed three penalties on their first possession of the game and could never get out of their own way, committing numerous false-start penalties that put them in first-and-long situations throughout.
Combined with facing the blazing fast Patriots defense, the outcome was never in doubt.