Two reigning state champions from South Florida had never met in the playoffs before Friday night.
It didn’t take long for Miami Booker T. Washington to turn its long-awaited clash with Davie University School into an anti-climactic rout.
Led by another dominant performance from senior quarterback Treon Harris and the defense, the Tornadoes overwhelmed University School in a 45-17 victory in the Region 4-4A final at Nova High.
Harris accounted for all six Booker T. Washington touchdowns (three passing and three rushing) as the Tornadoes (12-0), ranked No. 1 in the nation by every major poll, won their 24th consecutive game.
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“We always have a topic in our pregame meal and today’s was focus, fight and finish,” senior defensive end Chad Thomas said. “From the second drive, we showed them they weren’t going to run on us.”
Booker T. moved within a game of reaching the state finals for the third consecutive season. The Tornadoes will host Cocoa next Friday in a Class 4A state semifinal at Traz Powell Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
University School, the defending Class 3A state champions, finished the season losing three of its final five games after a 19-game winning streak.
“This was great coming into this game and executing the game plan we put in,” Harris said. “We had to adjust to the schemes they were throwing at us. All the games we played on the road prepared us for this. We knew we couldn’t play around against a good team like this.”
Harris completed 12 of 18 passes for 277 yards throwing only one interception on Booker T.’s first drive on an overthrown pass.
University School (9-3) was unable able to convert the mistake into three points for a brief 3-0 lead.
Harris, who ran for 142 yards on 24 attempts, began a run of 28 unanswered points for Booker T. with a 19-yard touchdown strike to Mark Walton.
The Tornadoes’ overall speed on offense was often too much for the Suns’ defense.
Lamar Parker caught a quick pass to the sideline, made a defender miss and rumbled for a 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give Booker T. a 21-3 lead.
After University cut the deficit to 28-10, the Tornadoes really put the game out of reach put the game out of reach when he found Deltron Hopkins for an 80-yard touchdown after Harris scrambled and found Hopkins breaking behind the secondary.
Booker T.’s defense limited the Suns running game and contained University quarterback Sean White just enough to avoid damaging plays. Chad Thomas was one of the Booker T. defenders able to get in the backfield often and sack White, once doing so and getting up and flashing the University of Miami “U” sign to the crowd.
“This was sweet because we knew they were talking a little bit crazy since the start of the season,” Thomas said. “It feels great to win this game.”