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St. Thomas Aquinas throttles Mater Academy 60-7 in Region 4-7A final

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Check out highlights from St. Thomas Aquinas' 60-7 victory against Mater Academy in the Region 4-7A final at Brian Piccolo Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
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Check out highlights from St. Thomas Aquinas' 60-7 victory against Mater Academy in the Region 4-7A final at Brian Piccolo Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas moved one step closer to defending its state title on Friday night by executing its most complete game of the season against a familiar face.

The Raiders routed former coach Rocco Casullo’s Hialeah Mater Academy 60-7 in the Region 4-7A final at Piccolo Stadium.

Aquinas (11-1) will play at Braden River on Friday in a state semifinal as it hopes to capture its ninth championship — expanding on the second highest total in Florida high school history.

On Friday, the Raiders scored a pair of touchdowns on their first three plays from scrimmage on senior running back Jaxson Kincaide’s 52-yard run and junior Jake Allen’s 50-yard connection with junior wideout Michael Harley.

They built a 23-point first-quarter lead and a 43-point advantage with 2:33 remaining in the second before the Lions (12-2) avoided the shutout on senior Temothas Herrington’s 18-yard touchdown pass to junior Shimoore Stern on the final play of the first half.

“We were really able to put this game together in all three phases,” said Raiders coach Roger Harriott, who is in his first year at the helm of the program. “That was our objective throughout the week. We talked a substantial amount about Thanksgiving and giving our exceptional effort, and our focus was extraordinary [Friday]. I believe this was our best performance, not only from an assignment standpoint but also the logistical aspect to the game. We managed the penalties and took care of the ball.”

Last season, Aquinas beat Mater 57-0 in the first round of the playoffs. On its sideline was Casullo, who stepped down following the season after winning state titles in 2012 and 2014 as the coach. He took over the Lions this fall, leading them to the program’s first postseason victories.

“We’re so young,” Casullo said. “We got the whole team coming back. A lot of freshmen and sophomores played [Friday night]. You can’t put yourself in a bind right off the bat, but I’m proud of them. They didn’t give up. It’s a great experience playing here, and we’re looking forward to getting in the weight room as soon as possible.”

Four-star wideout Sam Bruce, who has 40 receptions for 364 yards and six total touchdowns, sat out for Aquinas because of an “internal matter.” Following the game when asked whether the top target would return next week, Harriott said, “I don’t want to talk about that right now. I’d rather not.”

The Raiders, whose lone loss came on Oct. 9 against Deerfield Beach 6-3, entered Friday averaging 33 points per game. They didn’t need him. The Lions had allowed just 14 points per contest but surrendered 408 total yards in the regional final.

Kincaide and sophomore Sam Llewellyn each scored twice as the ground game tallied 302 yards and six touchdowns. Four different players found the end zone on rushes.

Allen, the starting quarterback, attempted just nine passes and exited during the second quarter. There was a running clock for the second half.

Aquinas’ defense limited Mater to just 127 total yards and six first downs. It forced a first-quarter safety and intercepted a pass. Special teams recovered a botched snap on a punt for a touchdown, and senior kicker James McCourt made a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter.

“I’ve been saying it from the beginning of the year: Our strength is the quality depth that God has blessed us with,” Harriott said. “We’re extremely fortunate to have some extraordinary men leading young, willing hearts to perform to the best of their ability.”

MA

STA

First downs

6

18

Rushes-yards

27-40

28-302

Passing yards

87

106

Passes

8-14-1

4-12-0

Punts

6-32

2-31

Fumbles-lost

1-1

0-0

Penalties-yards

7-75

7-61

Field goals-att

0-0

1-1

MA

0

7

0

0--7

STA

23

20

10

7--60

SCORING SUMMARY

STA - Kincaide 52 run (McCourt kick)

STA - Safety

STA - Harley 50 from Allen (McCourt kick)

STA - Kincaide 14 run (McCourt kick)

STA - Charles 11 run (2 pt NG)

STA - Carter 0 fumble recovery (McCourt kick)

STA - Llewellyn 7 run (McCourt kick)

MA - Stern 18 from Herrington (Hayes kick)

STA - McCourt 40 field goal

STA - Llewellyn 5 run (Salani kick)

STA - Carter 3 run (Salani kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing (att-yds) -- MAC: Herrington 10-(-14), Hayes 1-(-1), Brown 3-6, Doriscar 13-49. STA: Fillichio 1-9, Moore 3-24, Barthell 2-29, Charles 4-41, Carter 4-44, Llewellyn 10-72, Kincaide 4-83.

Passing (comp-att-int, yds)-- MAC: Benton 0-1-0, 0, Herrington 8-13-1, 87. STA: Fillichio 0-3-0, 0, Allen 4-9-0, 106.

Receiving (rec-yds-TD) -- MAC: Cortez 1-3, Brown 3-21, Stern 2-21, Brown 2-42. STA: Irvin 1-8, Thieman 2-48, Harley 1-50.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

▪ Bokamper’s Turkey Shoot (Naples) Semifinal — Archbishop Carroll 66, Palmetto Ridge 48: AC (4-0): Rosario 23, Anglada 14, Garcia 7, Miralles 6, Silva 5, Deribeaux 5, Aarestrup 4, Cordero 2. PR: Jean-Baptiste 20, Cox 15, Breckins 4, Celeste 4, de Jesus 2, Taylor 2, Rivera 1. HT: AC 33-25. Rebounds: Miralles 8. Assists: Villamil 5. Steals: Villamil 5. Three-pointers: Rosario 4, Anglada 2, Garcia 1, Silva 1, Deribeaux 1, Jean-Baptiste 4, Cox 3.

▪ Central 75, Lake Worth72: CEN: Wilson 22, Cooper 25, Nunnally 11,Louis 2,Pierre-Louis 6,Gibson 5,Belcombe 4. LW: Hicks 18,Henry 10,Jones 10,LeJune 9,Taylor 9,Rothell 13,Brookes 3. Three-pointers:Rothell 1, Wilson 1,Henry 2,Cooper 3,Nunnally 3. Rebounds: Wilson 12. Steals: Wilson 10. Assist: Wilson 7. Blocks: Jackson 4. HT:34-29 CEN.

▪ Bartow 49, Sagemont 45: BAR: Jordan 2, Serrano 14, Bradley 22.SAG: Verbinskis 3, Hurtado 6, Stewart 8, Polley 11, Popovic 12, Saunders 5. Three-pointers: Harvin 4, Popovic 2, Hurtado 2, verbinskis 1, Stewart 1, Saunders 1. Rebounds. Popovic 8. HT: 17-17.

▪ Late Thursday — Miami Springs 58, Booker T Washington 56: MS (3-0): S.Alderete 15, E.Castro 14, D. Zapata 11, J.Alfonso 7, K.Bradford 4, R.Santana 3, B.Lavernia 2, J.Larose 2. BTW (2-1): Burnet 34, Clear 9, Henry 4, Garnett 3, Dixon 2, Henry 2, Ellessaint 2. Rebounds: Alderete 11. Assists: Santana 4, Castro 4. Steals: Santana 3, Zapata 3. Blocks: Alderete 5. Three-pointers: Burnet 3, Castro 2, Clear 2, Garnett 1, Alderete 1, Santana 1, Alfonso 1. HT: 24-23 BTW.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

▪ Gulliver Prep Thanksgiving Classic — Gulliver 55 , West Boca 52: WB (4-2): S. Shore 14, J. Langley 10, A. Jones 15, B. Pierreval 1, A. Petrone 4, S. Gilliam 5. GP (5-2): Ra. Kaiser 4, , Pinder 3, Kunkel 22, Jim 2, Thomas 20. Three-pointers: S. Shore 5, A. Jones 3, A. Petrone 1, S. Gilliam 1, Kunkel 4. Rebounds: Thomas 15. Assists: Kunkel 10. Steals: Pinder 4. Blocks: Thomas 5. HT: 25-23 WB

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