Host Edison (15-1) was able to hold off a late rally by Pines Charter (15-1) to advance to the state tournament for the first time in flag football with a 6-0 victory Tuesday afternoon. The Jaguars entered the game undefeated.
Pines Charter started its final possession inside its 20-yard line with under three minutes to play. A catch by sophomore Jahneal Morgan put the Jaguars at the Red Raiders’ 1-yard line with 45 seconds left. Two runs failed and a pass attempt on third down was intercepted by Brittany Julius.
Irenna Hines scored the lone touchdown on a 41-yard catch and run.
“I saw space, just cut back and ran,” Hines said of her touchdown. “We worked hard as a team to get here.”
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Hines led Edison with 100 receiving yards on six receptions, six carries for 33 yards and on defense had a sack and interception.
Christine Alayon led Pines Charter with 210 passing yards. She also threw three interceptions.
Edison will face Jensen Beach or Harmony in the state semifinal in Gainesville on Friday.
▪ Goleman softball standout Natalie Costero signed with Lynn University. Costero went 14-2 with 61 strikeouts and a 1.57 ERA and hit .610 with nine homers, five triples, 15 doubles, 34 RBI and stole 36 bases.
▪ Dr. Krop had 13 of its top athletes sign scholarships recently. For football, Jeremy Polidor and Bryan Francois each signed with the University of Fort Lauderdale. Taja Robinson (Bluefield College, Virginia), Andrew Fraser (Southeastern University) and Dejuan Riley (Friends U., Kansas) also signed. For basketball, Timothy O’Connor (Western Nebraska), Gregory Barbra (Rainy River CC, Minnesota) and Devin Lee (Becker College, Massachusetts) also signed. For soccer, Cielo Massola and Donella Massola each signed with Florida National. For volleyball, Jada Charlot signed with Florida National, and for track, Richelieu Valery (Coker College, South Carolina) and Christian Joseph (St. Thomas University) also signed.