Red jerseys inhaled Killian ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage all night in Coral Gables’ 36-6 win at Tropical Park.
The Cavaliers (4-0) held the Cougars to negative-8 rushing yards in the contest and scores from running back Johnny Ford and Nick Galuppo to snatch a 16-0 first half lead.
After a first quarter safety, Ford scored a two-yard touchdown to put the Cavaliers up 9-0 in the second quarter. Galuppo added his own two-yard score minutes later.
Ford missed the second half with an ankle injury, but the Cavaliers compensated with Jamar Thompkins’ second half explosion.
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Thompkins had 13 carries for 114 yards rushing in the game. His trio of scores came within an eight-minute period.
“Johnny Ford is a great player,” Thompkins said. “I had to step up for my little brother. Before the game I told him ‘I got your back no matter what. So I had his back and I stepped up for him. It’s a team game. My O-Lineman got me, they block for me and open holes. It’s them it’s not me.”
Kewan Smith had the Cougars’ only score on a 62-yard interception return with 5:46 to go in the third quarter.
The game featured more than 250 yards in penalties.
“We can get better,” Thompkins said. “We’re never satisfied. I hope my brother can come back. This two backfield is deadly.”
The Cavaliers face Miami High in 14-8A play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Curtis Park. The Cougars (1-3, 0-1 16-8A) face Varela at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Tropical Park.