Monarch quarterback Michael Harris completed 15 of 20 passes for 263 yards as the Knights (8-0, 6-0) remained undefeated with a 49-13 victory against South Plantation (3-4, 2-3) in a District 11-8A battle.
Harris also threw three touchdown passes and was not intercepted in three quarters of play.
Ellex “Pooh” Davis was the biggest recipient of Harris’ strikes as he caught nine passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Shawn Burgess-Becker scored the Knights’ first touchdown on a 50-yard catch and run in the first quarter. Burgess-Becker finished with two catches for 67 yards.
“I had a lot of help from my receivers [Friday night],” Harris said. “Some guys made some big plays out there, and I am fortunate to be able to work with them every day.”
The Knights also rushed for 121 yards. Cavarri Morss rushed for 88 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns for the Knights before he exited the game in the middle of the third quarter. His replacement, Jaylen Barther, picked up another 33 yards and scored a touchdown on a 9-yard run late in the third quarter.
Monarch’s secondary locked down the Paladin receivers all night. South Plantation quarterback Mike Mele was only able to complete five passes. Monarch defensive back Jerry Jeudy intercepted a pass in the second quarter and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown.
South Plantation was led by Ronald Kennedy, who returned a first-quarter kickoff 101 yards for the first Paladin touchdown. Anthony Julmisse led South Plantation with 76 yards rushing on 11 carries. He also scored a fourth-quarter touchdown.