Over nearly three seasons, Miami Booker T. Washington’s football team has won a national title and two state championships.
The Tornadoes added another distinction to those honors Thursday night.
Booker T. won its 37th consecutive game Friday night and tied Miami Northwestern’s Miami-Dade County-record winning streak with a comfortable 70-0 rout of Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy in a Region 4-4A semifinal at Traz Powell Stadium.
The Tornadoes (11-0), ranked No.4 nationally by USA Today and MaxPreps, can surpass the record set by Northwestern from 2006 to 2008 next week when they host either Belle Glade Glades Central or Gulliver Prep in the regional final. That record-setting Northwestern team also won back-to-back state titles and a national championship.
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“We think back to that loss to Central in September in 2012 when they beat us at Sun Life Stadium,” Booker T. coach Tim Harris Jr. said. “I think that loss changed us all as a program and taught us never to quit on a game, and it’s driven us to this point since then. What this team has accomplished with different players graduating and coaching changes is great and very exciting for these kids.”
From the outset, Booker T. couldn’t be stopped as it scored 63 points in the first half against Somerset (2-9), which was playing its firstpostseason game.
The Tornadoes scored in all three phases of the game as Mark Walton ran for two touchdowns, Davante Davis returned a fumble for a touchdown, Akeem Jackson and Derrick Mackey each returned interceptions for touchdowns, and Shaquille Green returned a punt for a touchdown.
Several of Booker T.’s reserves got significant playing time and added to their names to the boxscore.
The Tornadoes rested regular starting quarterback Maurice Alexander, and backup Jamie Taylor threw a touchdown pass to junior receiver Steve Hollingsworth, who also later played quarterback for a bit.
Junior Trawone Johnson and sophomore Javier Zuniga also ran for touchdowns and combined for 148 rushing yards.