Edison High flag football coach Vince Hall urged his seniors to enjoy their final year of high school. So after the team won the state semifinal 27-0 over Jensen Beach on Friday morning, Hall and three seniors flew back to Miami from Gainesville so the girls could attend the prom Friday night.
They stopped at a salon to get their hair done before boarding the plane. Hall plans to drive the three back to Gainesville early Saturday morning, leaving Miami at 3 a.m., to make it in time for the 11 a.m. Class 1A state final game against defending champion Tampa Robinson.
Wide receiver Brittany Julius (who scored a touchdown Friday), quarterback Jaquala Brown and linebacker Serena Johnson were the seniors who flew back for the prom.
“I know it sounds crazy, but you only go to high school once, and the girls wanted to play and also go to their prom,” said Hall, whose team is 15-1 in just its second year in existence.
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Cooper City, another state tournament first-timer, lost Friday’s 2A semifinal 25-12 to two-time defending state champion Seminole Ridge, which has won 50 straight games. Standouts for Cooper City (16-2) included running back Kimberly Slinkofsky (2 TDs), quarterback Caitlyn Dunn (2 TD passes), and defensive players Ashley Devito and Sammie Stofsky.
“We went combined 1-22 in 2014-15, so this was a great achievement for us to reach the state semi,” said coach Al DiLiello. “We knew what we were running into. But today’s mistakes are tomorrow’s experiences.”
▪ Krop 30, Dwyer 10: Junior Lawrence Patillon, who has an offer from Marshall, had 200 all-purpose yards, including a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown and two rushing touchdowns to lead the Lightning (5-5 in 2016) to the big win at Dwyer. Junior receiver Edwin Reed had two catches for 60 yards and junior tailback Abraham Bentancourt led the running game with 20 carries for 70 yards. Sophomore Isaac Joseph (6-2, 265) led the charge up front on the offensive line. Defensively, junior linebacker Francky Dean-Louis had 10 tackles.
▪ American’s Shaquille Harris, who led the Patriots to their first basketball district title in 13 years and had three FHSAA regional appearances throughout his high school career, signed with Eckerd College.
▪ Cardinal Gibbons had 12 student-athletes sign with colleges on Thursday:
Volleyball: Jade Jeffrey, Manhattan College; Money Butler, South Florida State. Football: Josh Rito, North Park University; Kamal Armestead, Palmetto Prep Academy; Daniel LaRose, Valparaiso University. Baseball: Fisher Cole, Keiser University. Wrestling: Chris Williams, Southeastern University; Michael Lopouchanski, The Citadel; Jonathan Campos, Lassen College. Lacrosse: Grace Loeffler, University of New Haven. Soccer: Eddie Catapano, Daytona State. Rugby: Nick Aumann, Arkansas State.