Miami Central took the initial punch from Don Bosco and didn’t flinch. Instead, the Rockets put all of their weapons to use and pulled away from one of New Jersey’s best teams.
Dalvin Cook and Da’Vante Phillips each had two touchdowns in the first half as Central opened a 29-14 lead on the way to a convincing 50-21 victory that pushed its record to 3-1.
The Ironmen (1-2) put together a scoring drive off the opening kickoff and held a 14-10 lead midway through the second period only to see the Rockets come back with three touchdowns in a 5:14 span in the second quarter, all off turnovers.
Cook followed his own interception with a 16-yard score, and Phillips got the next two on 11- and 7-yard strikes from Keith Reed after Don Bosco fumbles, the latter off a sack of Marquis Couch.
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Cook finished with 155 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns. Yearby added 128 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and Tavius Brown had 106 yards on 6 receptions as the Rockets racked up 459 total yards on offense.
The defense chipped in with eight sacks, including two 2 1/2 by Carlin Clark, and allowed only 77 yards to the Ironmen in the second half.
• Late Friday — Archbishop Curley 43, Ransom Everglades 15: Marlin Harris led the way with two passing touchdowns of 33 and 25 yards and also added two rushing touchdowns. Germaine Smalls returned the opening kick for a 93 yard touchdown and accounted for 290 all-purpose yards. The Knights forced five turnovers en route to the one-sided victory.
• Bishop Moore d. Westminster Christian (Gold consolation game at Tampa Berkeley Prep Tournament) 24-26, 26-24, 9-15: Jenny Ceballos 16 kills, block, 8 digs. Sylvia Hernandez 7 kills, 9 digs, 3 aces. Susie Forbes 15 digs. Kelsey Taylor 31 assists. Sammy Ceballos 6 kills, 12 digs. WC 11-3.
• Ransom d. Tampa Plant (Bronze game at Tampa Berkeley Tournament) 23-25, 27-25, 25-13: Caroline Sklaver 17 kills, 2 blocks. Nikki Colonna 7 kills, 21 assists. Sophie Bullard 6 kills. Sydney Bent 6 kills, 3 blocks.
• Palmer Trinity d. Calvary Christian 18-25, 27-25, 17-25, 26-24, 15-10: Daniella Litkee 17 kills, 2 aces, 40 assists. Ashley Quero 11 kills, 5 blocks. Grace Hibshman 7 kills, 5 blocks. Grace Seide 6 kills, 3 blocks. PT 8-4.
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Dade Christian vs. Hialeah Educational Academy (Bucky Dent), 3:30
Island Christian vs. Divine Savior (Divine Savior), 4
Everglades Prep vs. Archemedian (Homestead YMCA), 5
Homestead vs. Mater Academy Charter (Mater Academy Charter), 5
South Miami vs. Miami Central (Home), 5
TERRA vs. Jackson (Jackson), 5
Colonial Christian vs. Riviera Prep (Riviera Prep), 5
Miami Beach vs. Ronald Reagan (Ronald Reagan), 5
Coral Reef vs. Southridge (SR), 5
Northwestern vs. Doral Academy (Doral), 5:30
Varela vs. Sunset (Sunset), 7:15
Killian vs. Miami Palmetto (Palmetto), 7:15
LaSalle vs. Gulliver Prep (Gulliver Prep), 7:30
Dade Christian vs. Sagemont (Sagemont), 5:30
Miami Country Day vs. Hialeah Educational Academy (Bucky Dent), 3:30
Colonial Christian vs. Redland Christian (Redland Christian), 4
Booker T. Washington vs. Edison (Edison), 4
MAST vs. Mater Lakes (Miami Job Corps), 4
International Studies Charter vs. Somerset Charter (Homestead) (Goulds), 4
Calusa Prep vs. Miami Christian (MCS), 4:30
Hollywood Christian vs. Monsignor Pace (Pace), 4:30
St. Brendan vs. LaSalle (LaSalle), 5
Krop vs. Miami Beach (MB), 5
Hialeah Gardens vs. Miami High (MHS), 5
Southridge vs. Jackson (Jackson), 5
Hialeah vs. North Miami (Home), 5
Carrollton vs. Gulliver Prep (Gulliver Prep), 5
Norland vs. Miami Springs (MSP), 5
Posnack Day School vs. Northwest Christian (NWC), 5
Westland Hialeah vs. Hialeah-Miami Lakes (HML), 5
Goleman vs. Carol City (CC), 5
Miami Central vs. Ronald Reagan (Ronald Reagan), 5
Lourdes vs. Coral Gables (CG), 5
Westwood Christian vs. Princeton Christian (PCS), 5:30
Archemedian vs. Archbishop Carroll (Carroll), 6
Braddock vs. Ferguson (Ferguson), 7:15
Coral Park vs. South Miami (SM), 7:15
American vs. North Miami Beach (Home), 7:30