Booker T. Washington boarded its cross-country flight back to Miami on Saturday afternoon still the nation’s top-ranked team.
The Tornadoes (6-0) are still at the top thanks to timely play from their defense that helped them win a tough game against Bishop Gorman 28-12 late Friday night in Las Vegas.
Leading by two points in the fourth quarter with Bishop Gorman nearing midfield, Booker T. linebacker Tyrone Robinson slapped the ball out of Gaels quarterback Randall Cunningham’s hands, allowing Terry Jefferson to recover.
The play led to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and Booker T. Washington’s second victory this season against a nationally-ranked out-of-state opponent on national television.
Senior quarterback Treon Harris threw three touchdown passes and ran for an 11-yard score following Jefferson’s fumble recovery to give Booker T. a 21-12 lead. Harris later hit Lamar Parker for a 35-yard touchdown pass.
Bishop Gorman (4-2), ranked No. 25 nationally by MaxPreps, ran for 133 rushing yards as a team, led by junior running back Russell Booze’s 112 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
“We train our guys to be ready for every kind of situation,” Booker T. coach Tim “Ice” Harris said. “These are the kinds of games we knew would test what we’re made of and get us ready.”
Ransom everglades, behind the stellar play of middle blocker Caroline Sklaver, defeated Chaminade-Madonna to win the Chaminade Invitational.
Sklaver, who earned tournament MVP honors with a game-high 10 kills and 16 assists, helped the Raiders in a 25-22, 25-17 final match against the Lions.
The win caps the second consecutive year in which Ransom (16-3) takes top honors at the invitational.
Varela went 5-0 on its trips up north to Palm Beach en route to a win in the Palm Beach Classic Division II Championship.
The Vipers (11-7) defeated Palm Beach Gardens twice, the first was to open up the tournament and the second to win it. Varela also took down Plantation American Heritage, Boca Raton and John I Leonard.
Maria Jose Estupinan headlined during the tournament, registering 72 assists, 31 digs, 22 kills and five aces in five games.