After suffering only its second loss in two seasons, Miramar was in no mood to mess around on Friday night.
So it didn’t.
The Patriots, who dropped to third in the Class 8A state poll after last weekend’s loss to American Heritage, took a big early lead on host Plantation and rolled to a 42-0 victory at PAL Field.
Miramar, now 2-1, didn’t expect to use the Colonels (1-2) as a simple tuneup for next weekend’s huge clash with St. Thomas Aquinas.
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It just worked out that way as Miramar led 23-0 at halftime, and 19 third-quarter points led to a rare running clock against a rebuilding Plantation team.
“We feel a lot better about things this week, that’s for sure,” Miramar coach Matt Strout said.
“We executed but still made a lot of mistakes. Now we start working on St. Thomas. But this was a good win. The boys needed it.”
Miramar scored on three consecutive offensive possessions in the opening half and got a fumble recovery for a touchdown to lead 23-0 at the break.
The Patriots continued the onslaught in the second half, rolling up 295 yards of offense.
With such an early running clock, Strout used all three timeouts late in the fourth quarter to allow some of his backups — notably senior quarterback Brevet Killet — a chance for some playing time.
Strout said he explained his thoughts to Planation coach Steve Davis.
“I know I’m going to catch some flack for throwing it when up 42,” Strout said.
“But our [schedule] is brutal. A lot of these kids need to play and probably won’t moving forward. We’re not going to have many 42-0 games after this.”
In the second quarter, Miramar made it 17-0 when Demari Simpkins found Kevin Burlett in the left corner of the end zone for a 23-yard score.
On Miramar’s following possession, Simpkins and Kahlil Lewis hooked up for a 76-yard touchdown to make it 23-0.
In the second half, Miramar continued to pour it on.
On its first possession of the third quarter, Simpkins squirted up the middle on a fourth-and-inches from the 40-yard line and wasn’t stopped.
His 60-yard touchdown run gave the Patriots a 30-0 lead early in the quarter.
Simpkins finished with 203 yards passing and 80 yards rushing.