Hallandale isn’t used to having to win ugly, but with torrential rainfall at Miramar High on Friday night, the Chargers won the way they had to.
Players were slipping, sliding and splashing with every step on the flooded field as one Tyler Huntley touchdown strike was enough for Hallandale to spoil Miramar coach Pierre Senatus’ return from a one-game suspension and win a non-district rivalry game 7-0 against Miramar.
With a persistent downpour all night, Mother Nature opened up the weather momentarily to give Hallandale (6-1) the one chance it needed with ideal passing conditions.
As the rain subsided in the third quarter, Huntley finally got his opportunity and connected with Chris Cotto on a 33-yard touchdown pass over the top of the defense.
“The rain let up a little bit, and I took my time and threw the touchdown pass,” said Huntley, who went 13 of 26 for 136 yards. “I really trusted Cotto. I just put the ball out there so he could go get it.”
Coach Dameon Jones said of Cotto on the play: “Grown man.”
Cotto, the Western Kentucky commitment, had five catches for 88 yards and the touchdown. Running back and UM commit Zack Moss took 18 carries for 83 yards.
The rain returned shortly after, and it was so heavy on Miramar’s final drive that the Patriots ran more than they passed in the two-minute offense. The game ended on a fumble recovered by Hallandale’s Dante Adams with 41.8 seconds left.
Miramar (3-5) had a chance inside Hallandale territory with just over seven minutes to play, but a D’Angelo Fulford pass to the end zone was picked off by Romelo Webster.
The interception began a series of plays that came to signify the sloppiness of the game. The teams exchanged lost fumbles on ensuing plays to make for three consecutive downs with a turnover.
In total, five fumbles were lost.
Senatus returned from being suspended for Miramar’s 42-0 win against Cypress Bay last Friday after the FHSAA ruled a lack of control of his coaching staff when assistant coaches A.J. Scott and Josh Taylor were ejected in a contentious matchup with Flanagan the week prior.
“It was a bump in the road on the season,” Senatus said before Friday’s game. “Those things happen — life lessons.”
Hallandale now returns to its district schedule with a meeting with Cardinal Gibbons coming up.
HAL- Cotto 33 pass from Huntley (Hardy kick)
Rushing (att-yds) -- HAL: Simpkins 2-(-8), Hardy 1-(-3), Huntley 3-25, Moss 18-83. MIR: Fulford 3-(-9), Kendricks 1-(-4), Jenkins 6-7, Pennywell 9-35, McRae 14-53.
Passing (comp-att-int, yds)-- HAL: Huntley 13-26-0, 136. MIR: Fulford 6-18-1, 33.
Receiving (rec-yds-TD) -- HAL: Simpkins 3-6, Huntley 1-10, Hammond 4-37, Cotto 5-88. MIR: Williams 1-5, Horne 1-6, Manuel 4-22.