For Westminster Christian to make believers of state prognosticators, it was going to have to win one against a team that has been to the mountaintop before.
The Warriors did that and then some on their home turf Friday afternoon, demoralizing defending Class 2A state champion Champagnat 48-13.
Westminster Christian (2-0) avenged its lone regular-season loss from a year ago and snapped the 15-game win streak Champagnat (1-1) came into the game with.
“I just told my team that we have to come out and do everything right. We have to do the little things right,” Westminster coach Sedrick Irvin said.
“We just have to take it one game at a time. It won’t get any easier. It’s only going to get tougher.”
Jordan Cronkrite ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries to lead a dominant Westminster rushing attack.
“I knew they liked to blitz on the outside, so I knew the middle was going to be open,” said Cronkrite, a Miami commitment. “I just saw the O-line getting a great push off the line, and I just hit it.”
The Warriors’ offensive line was instrumental in paving the way for more than 400 yards of total offense, including 255 rushing yards.
Two-way athlete Elbre Gaiter had a 14-yard receiving touchdown and another score on a fumble recovery.
Champagnat cornerback Gerald Robinson, a Syracuse commit, was ejected after the Lions’ first play on defense after a scuffle with Westminster’s Tim Irvin.
Also, Champagnat offensive guard Christian Strachan was taken off the field in an ambulance in the third quarter after sustaining an apparent knee injury. He was down on the field for 20 minutes before being helped off.
•Delray American Heritage 38, Gulliver Prep 0:
The Raiders (1-1), ranked No. 4 in the state in Class 4A, were unable to get anything positive going against the much-improved Stallions, who bounced back from a close defeat to Miramar last week.
Gulliver will attempt to get back on the winning track when it plays Hollywood Chaminade at 4 p.m. next Friday.
•Doral Academy 16, Pines Charter 14:
Doral Academy raised its record to 2-0 with the victory. Nick Delgado led Doral with 18 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Joseph Zagales and Brian Pino Moore each had 14 tackles. Defensive lineman Thomas Franchi added 11 tackles.
•Gulliver d. Miami Country Day 25-17, 25-19, 25-20:
Lauren Gold five kills, four blocks. Lauren Potter nine kills, three blocks, four aces, nine digs. Blanca Mengotti seven kills, three aces, 11 digs. Stephanie Potter 10 digs, two aces.
WEST. CHRISTIAN 48,
WC- Cronkrite 9 run (Reed kick)
CHA- Salomon 49 pass from Nelson (Estrada kick)
WC- Oliver 47 pass from Matos (Reed kick)
WC- Gaiter 14 pass from Matos (Reed kick)
CHA- Manyou 24 pass from Nelson (kick failed)
WC- Cronkrite 1 run (kick failed)
WC- Gaiter 8 fumble return (Alamo kick)
WC- Oliver 1 run (Alamo kick)
WC- Whyte 45 run (Alamo kick)
Miami Springs vs. Hialeah Gardens (Milander), 7
Keys Gate vs. Mater Academy Charter (Traz), 2
Northwestern vs. Raines (Raines), 7
American Heritage vs. Miramar (Miramar), 6
Piper vs. Coral Glades (Coral Glades), 6
Kathleen vs. Northeast (Miramar), 2