Though the Miramar Patriots were considered possible contenders for the state title this season, they were upset Friday night on their home field, 28-20, by visiting Lake Worth Park Vista.
The Cobras (8-2) will instead be the ones heading to the regional semifinals at Delray Beach Atlantic High.
Defense reigned in the playoff battle with a total of four sacks, three of which came from Park Vista, and a fumble late in the third quarter. That fumble was recovered in Park Vista’s end zone just as Miramar was about to score a touchdown to put them ahead of the Cobras.
A series of penalties hurt Miramar in the final quarter, including an offensive pass interference call that nullified a 77-yard touchdown by wide receiver Terrence Horne Jr.
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That call forced Miramar to punt with the Patriots still down by a point and only a few minutes on the clock.
Shortly after, the Cobras scored again to make it an eight-point game, and with a minute left to play, Miramar fell short.
"I hope my kids learn a lesson from this," Miramar coach A.J. Scott said. "Just because you’re supposed to be the better team, doesn’t mean you’re going to win the game."
Scott cited his quarterback, senior Steven Williams, as having a particularly good
game, and also mentioned how impressed he was with Atorian Perry, Park Vista’s star wide receiver. Perry recorded two touchdowns in the playoff matchup, and was a key part of the Cobra’s offense.