Senior quarterback Stanford Samuels ran 42 yards on a read option call for the go-ahead touchdown with 7:05 remaining to lead Flanagan to a 21-7 victory over Piper in a Class 8A regional quarterfinal in Pembroke Pines on Thursday.
Samuels added a 36-yard touchdown pass to Chad Joseph to complete the scoring.
“We started taking care of our assignments,” said Flanagan coach Stanford Samuels of his teams slow start. “We were a little slow in the first half. We need to be assignment sound and coach little better.
“We just need to execute better.”
The Falcons (9-2) will play the Friday’s Deerfield Beach/Western winner the following Friday in a regional semifinal.
Flanagan becomes the sixth different team in Broward County Athletic Association history to defeat the same team in the first round of the playoffs in consecutive years.
Piper (9-2) tied the score at 7-7 on a 15-yards touchdown pass from Derohn King to Tyler Adderley with 9:00 left in the fourth quarter.
The Falcons defense intercepted five passes on the night, three by Hunter Goetz.
“I think we played solid defense,” said coach Samuels.
Running back Anthony Johnson broke the offensive stalemate in the lackluster first half with a 4-yard run with 3:37 left in the half giving Flanagan a 7-0 lead..
The lone score was set up by a nice punt return from Clevan Thomas that gave the Falcons possession at the Piper 36.
The Bengals were held to 35 yards in the first half and threw two interceptions.