There were a handful of differences in the playoff history between St. Thomas Aquinas and West Broward in their Class 8A regional semifinal game on Friday.
The 38-7 result in favor of Aquinas was a true indicator of the facts.
St. Thomas (10-2) improved to 100-25 all-time in playoff games, while the Bobcats fell to 1-2 in their short history. The win was also the 17th consecutive playoff win for Aquinas, outscoring opponents in that streak 715-85.
Junior running back Nigel White had an 11-yard run for a touchdown, giving the Raiders a 38-0 lead and a running clock in the third quarter. White finished with 104 yards on eight carries.
St. Thomas advances to host Doral Academy, which beat 6-5 Dwyer, in a regional final next Friday. It will be the first meeting ever between the two schools.
St. Thomas dominated the first half with four big plays.
The first two came from junior running back Daniel Carter, who had touchdown runs of 50 and 26 yards. He had 107 yards on seven carries, all in the first quarter.
Sophomore quarterback Derek Wingo threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter. The first for 38 yards to Elijah Moore and the other for 65 yards to Tavares Kelly for a 31-0 lead.
The four touchdowns each came on one-play drives.
“It’s playoff time, so we wanted to make sure we’re extremely efficient,” St. Thomas coach Roger Harriott said. “Our guys have really bought into that.”
The Bobcats put themselves in long-yardage situations several times in the first half on bad snaps, helping to give the ball back to the Aquinas offense.
West Broward (8-3) avoided the shutout when Dominic Tianga scored on a 2-yard run with 1:06 left to play.