Robert Burns ran for 118 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns to lead Gulliver Prep (4-3, 1-0 in 8-4A) to a 53-0 victory over University School (1-7, 0-1 in 7-4A) at home.
On the Raiders’ opening drive, Burns had a 36-yard run, immediately followed by a 24-yard run to the end zone. After a three-and-out by the Suns, punt returner Dionte Mullins took the punt all the way back for a 60-yard touchdown.
Burns added a 31-yard touchdown to give the Raiders’ 25 first-quarter points. Quarterback Jowan Watson also threw for 150 yards and three touchdowns, one of which was a 49-yard touchdown pass to Mullins.
The Raiders’ defense held the Suns to 104 yards. Gulliver will face Booker T. Washington at home next week at 4 p.m. in a possible district deciding game.
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A number of South Florida household names will be looking to throw down the gauntlet at the FSU Pre-State Invitational at Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park on Saturday.
St. Thomas Aquinas’ reigning Class 4A state champion Alexa Cruz (17:56), and Pine Crest’s Tsion Yared (18:08) and Julia Montgomery (18:27) enter seeded second, fourth and sixth respectively. Winter Park freshman sensation Rafaella Gibbons (17:49) is the girls’ runner to beat.
On the boys’ side, Miami Sunset’s reigning Class 4A state champion Nick Diaz is seeking to add the Pre-State title to conquests at Spanish River and University of Florida’s Mountain Dew, where he posted the state’s top time (15:21).
Diaz’s biggest challenge should come from Belen Jesuit’s Ryan Rodriguez (15:31) while Pines Charter’s Tomas Gimenez-Beron should crack the top 10.
At the Westminster Academy Invitational, Calvary Christian’s Joel Lacy will vie for a repeat boys’ title after clocking 16:45 a year ago.
Lacy ran 16:59 to win the Spanish River Invitational earlier this season before clocking a season-best 16:24 to finish seventh in the Flrunners.com Boys’ Race of Champions.
Miami Carol City High will host a NCAA/NIAI information seminar Saturday at 9 a.m. in the school’s auditorium. The seminar, intended for parents, high school coaches and counselors, and student-athletes, will cover NCAA college eligibility and how to play sports at the next level in college. Those interested can register at www.superseminar.com
University d. Somerset, 25-14, 25-21, 25-15: Brooke Osceola 4 aces, 16 digs, 9 kills. Brandi Purvis 2 aces, 11 digs, 11 service points, 5 kills.
Divine Savior d. Pinecrest, 25-9, 25-12, 25-14: Alejandra Rodriguez 14 kills, 10 aces. Vicki Caldera 6 kills, 11 digs. Andrea Santiago 10 digs, 2 aces.
Late Thursday — Hialeah Gardens d. Miami High, 25-22, 25-22, 25-17: Melanie Torres 14 kills, 6 aces, 12 digs. Annette Dominguez 10 kills, 3 aces. Amanda Hernandez 8 kills, 9 digs, 7 points.
Benjamin vs. Archbishop Curley (Curley), 1
Norland vs. Miami Central (Traz), 7
Columbus vs. Highlands (KY), 1
Westminster Christian vs. Keys Gate (Southridge), noon
Southwest vs. South Miami (Tropical), 7
PRE-SEASON BOYS’ BASKETBALL
RMF Magazine/T.O.C Back 2 School Classic (Miami Central) 9 a.m.
Westminster Academy Invitational, 9 a.m.
FSU Invitational (Pre-State), Tallahassee, 7:40 a.m.