The Killian Cougars wrapped up their regular season with a 50-0 win over Krop at Southridge on Wednesday night that was consistent with the surge the team has been on to win District 16-8A with a five-game winning streak after starting 1-4.
Junior athlete and birthday boy Jaquan Johnson scored twice — first defensively on a play where he stripped the ball straight from a ball carrier and returned it 30 yards and then when he opened the second half with an 85-yard kick return.
Armando Martinez had two rushing touchdowns, and Trumaine Washington dazzled with a 36-yard punt return for a touchdown. Krop finished with minus-56 yards of total offense.
With a running clock in the second half, a minor scuffle broke out with eight minutes remaining. The officials sent both teams to their sidelines until the clock wound all the way down to avoid any further confrontation.
Killian now looks forward to a regional quarterfinal matchup with Belen on Nov. 15 — a game that is sure to feature a lot of Wing-T offense.
KIL- Martinez 20 run (kick failed)
KIL- Olivencia 24 pass from Careaga (Escalante kick)
KIL- Johnson 30 fumble return (Escalante kick)
KIL- Herrera 43 run (Escalante kick)
KIL- Martinez 13 run (Escalante kick)
KIL- Washington 36 punt return (Escalante kick)
KIL- Johnson 85 kick return (Escalante kick)
Varela 31, South Miami 14:
The Vipers (6-4, 3-2) used a smash-mouth, power-style offense from the beginning to put the Cobras (4-6, 2-3) in a 24-0 hole at halftime.
Varela racked up 306 rushing yards overall. South Miami was held to 33 yards rushing by a stingy Vipers defense.
It wasn’t until the second half that the Cobras started to generate any production through the arm of junior quarterback Oscar Piloto, who connected on two touchdowns passes to wideout Donte Evans to break a scoreless drought.
Both teams are out of playoff contention.
SOUTH MIAMI 14
VAR- Smith run (Orozco kick)
VAR- Jean-Baptiste run (Orozco kick)
VAR- McWilliams 14 run (Orozco kick)
VAR- Orozco kick
SM- Evans 21 pass from Piloto (Izquierdo kick)
VAR- Guevara 10 run (Orozco kick)
SM- Evans 26 pass from Piloto (Izquierdo kick)
Those first-day struggles by Columbus at the Class 3A boys’ tournament proved too much to make much of a charge in the final round.
The Explorers did manage to pick off a couple of teams in front of them though, giving them an eighth-place finish in Howey-in-the-Hills that was both heartening and just a little regretful.
“When you’re sitting in 10th, it’s a little tough to crawl out of that,” coach Mike Marinelli said. “We wanted to chip away at it as much as possible. We still took four strokes off [our Day 1] score, so we’ll take it.”
Juan Yumar’s 4-over-par 76 helped Columbus to a second-day total of 316 on Mission Inn’s El Campeon course. That left the Explorers with an aggregate of 636, two short of catching Jacksonville’s Sandalwood for seventh.
“I thought the scores would be a little bit better than they were,” Marinelli said. “We shot over 300 only once all season, then we come here and shoot 320-316. It’s a little bit shocking, but this course is a tough track.”
Bradenton’s Lakewood Ranch romped to its third consecutive title, posting a team score of 593 that was 15 better than Lithia Newsome. The Mustangs’ streak matches the state record set by Bradenton Prep in the late 1990s.
Yumar, a senior who won four tournaments during the regular season, tied for 10th in the individual competition with a total of 6-over 150.
“I’m proud of Juan,” Marinelli said. “I think Juan’s going to go on and play college golf, so that’ll be exciting.”
Palmetto’s Michael Carter, at Mission Inn as an individual qualifier, shot a 79 that was four strokes better than his opening score. Coral Reef’s Zachary Granoff couldn’t keep the momentum of an opening 79, posting a 94 on Wednesday.
On the girls’ side, Cypress Bay captured its first state title on the strength of Brianna Buckley’s 71 on the adjacent Las Colinas course — a lifetime best that included a hole-in-one. St. Thomas Aquinas placed fourth.
Coral Reef’s Leia Schwartz closed out her appearance as an individual qualifier with a 92.
GIRLS’ SOCCERMAST d. Edison 7-0: Coral Reef d. Southridge 10-0: Hialeah d. North Miami 5-0: Palmetto d. South Dade 4-1: Killian d. Sunset 7-1: Coral Gables d. Coral Park 7-0: Doral 2, Marathon 2: Ferguson d. Varela 4-1: Southwest d. Braddock 3-1: Palmer Trinity d. Goleman 7-2:
BOYS’ SOCCERBelen d. Miami Central 8-0: TERRA d. Westland 5-0: Miami Beach d. Miami 4-0: Killian 1, Sunset 1: Varela d. Ferguson 1-0: Homestead d. Mater Academy 1-0: Columbus d. South Miami 1-0: South Broward d. Mourning 2-1:
GIRLS’ BASKETBALLCoral Park d. Palmetto 48-14: St. Brendan d. LaSalle 34-28: