Miramar coach A.J. Scott knew his Patriots needed to establish the run and control the line of scrimmage if they were going to beat Cooper City and advance to the district playoffs.
The Patriots did just that as they amassed 311 yards on the ground and trounced Cooper City. Miramar (8-3, 5-1) advances as the runner-up in District 12-8A and will face Monarch in the first round of the playoffs.
“We have to become a balanced football team. You cannot head into the playoffs and be one dimensional,” Scott said. “As long as we can run the football and play defense like we are capable of, we have the ability to go deep in the playoffs.”
Alex Anderson led Miramar with 106 yards rushing. He scored on a 2-yard dive in the second quarter that made the score 29-0 with 1:52 left to play before intermission. Quarterback Demari Simpkins rushed for 87 yards on five carries and scored on a 45-yard run.