Seven years after they last did it, the Lions of Chaminade-Madonna found the win column in the postseason on Friday afternoon.
Hosting West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman in a Region 4-3A semifinal, Chaminade dominated from the opening whistle, scoring early and often and ran away with a 42-0 victory to snap a six-year streak of first-round postseason eliminations.
The Lions (7-3) were led by running back Shaun Shivers, who had touchdown runs of 51, 60 and 63 yards, and finished the day with 198 yards on 11 carries.
Shivers had actually reached the 200-yard mark but was thrown for a 2-yard loss on the last play of the first half and never saw the field in the second half as Chaminade took a 35-0 lead to the locker room, leading to a running clock in the second half.
“We just came out ready to play and ready to dominate,” said Shivers, who is just a junior but has already orally committed to Auburn. “We haven’t been able to get out of the first round in a long time so it feels good to actually be advancing to next week.”
Next week for the Lions will be a tough one as they will host West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy at 7:30 p.m. Friday with McArthur Stadium as the likely site.
“I’m just happy for the kids because they’ve really been working their tails off all year,” said Chaminade coach Dameon Jones, who led Hallandale to a regional final a year ago. “[On Friday] it was win or go home and we had no plans of going home.”
As good as Shivers was, Jones watched his defense turn in an equally impressive performance as the Lions defense held Cardinal Newman (6-5) to minus-2 yards of total offense while forcing five turnovers, four fumble recoveries and an Anthony Johnson interception.
Even though the Crusaders tallied up eight first downs, seven were benefit of Lions penalties as Chaminade racked up 15 for 130 yards.
When asked about Oxbridge next week, Jones said: “We’ll be ready to go and I’m sure they’ll be ready to go. It should be a good one.”