Champagnat Catholic defeated First Baptist in North Miami on Friday. The Lions defense forced three interceptions and a fumble — which was returned for a touchdown — as they moved into the state semifinals.
Champagnat (10-1) will play host to St. Pete Northside Christian next week, likely at North Miami Stadium. First Baptist ends its season 8-4.
"The kids were fired up the whole week. We learned from last week when we came out slow. Before the game started, we got a little bit hype and showed some Miami swagger," Champagnat coach Dennis Marroquin said.
Running back Daryn Jones was the difference-maker once again for Champagnat. After a 99-yard drive that began on a muffed punt that turned into a first down, his two-yard score in the first quarter gave the Lions the lead.
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“It was go hard or go home. That's all we tell each other,” Jones said.
The Lions put away the game with 6:18 to play in the fourth quarter. First Baptist's quarterback lost the ball on a handoff, which Tyrik Robinson picked up and lateraled to a teammate who scored the touchdown.