High School Sports

Champagnat’s strong defense lifts Lions to state semifinals

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.

“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.