Broward High Schools

Cardinal Gibbons shuts out Cooper City after lightning stops game

In a game stopped early in the third quarter because of lightning, the Chiefs won easily.

The Chiefs (3-0) have already posted two shutouts and have scored more than 30 points in every game.

Linebackers Kyle Woodward and Warren Wynn and defensive lineman Jaylen Robinson recovered fumbles, and defensive back Tavares Moore came up with an interception to shut down Cooper City (1-2).

Also deserving of credit is the Gibbons passing attack, led by Washington State recruit Peyton Bender, who completed 19 of 29 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns.

Much of the damage was done in the first half, when Gibbons built a 24-0 lead.

But perhaps it’s a sign of how good Gibbons can be this season that coach Mike Morrill sees plenty of room for perfection.

“Peyton made some good throws, he was off on a few, and he had a few drops,” Morrill said. “They [Cooper City] brought some pressures that perhaps we were not ready for. Peyton reacted well, but we would have liked to have finished a couple more drives.

“All in all, we got the job done. We’ll take it.”