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Shaun Shivers runs over Benjamin as dominant Chaminade-Madonna advances to the Class 3A state semifinals

Shaun Shivers scored three of seven first-half touchdowns for Chaminade-Madonna in a 56-0 victory over Palm Beach Gardens Benjamin in the Region 4-3A final Friday night at Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale.

“We just wanted to come out and dominate,” Shivers said. “We need to keep playing fast to win state this year and play Chaminade football.”

Shivers, an Auburn commit, rushed for 154 yards on six carries in the first half. He scored three touchdowns on runs of 59, 17 and 57 yards and ran in a two-point conversion. Shivers currently leads all South Florida running backs with 1,661 rushing yards.

Marvin Alexander scored on two passes from Daelen Menard for eight- and 20-yard touchdowns. Freshman Thaddius Franklin had a 26-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. In the final minute, Xavier Williams scored on an eight-yard pass from Quinn Dempsey. Chaminade (8-2) led 49-0 at halftime.

Akeem Hayes scored the lone second half touchdown for Chaminade on a 10-yard run.

Menard passed for 91 yards and two touchdowns completing eight-of-12 passes. Williams, an Alabama commit, had two receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Travis, committed to Louisville, led Benjamin with 76 total yards.

Benjamin (8-3) had its best drive at the end of the first quarter and started the second quarter with first and goal on the Lions 5-yard line. On the first play, Ahmaud Jordan intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 20 yards.

The Lions will travel to Clearwater Central Catholic in the state semifinal next Friday. Chaminade will be looking to get back to the state championship after falling to Jacksonville Trinity Christian Jacksonville 24-13 in the championship game last season.

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