In the previous 10 meetings against Miramar, the Plantation football team has had minimal success to hang its hat on.
That changed in the teams’ District 12-8A game on Friday at PAL Field.
Hammersham White caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Gerard Nesbitt with 9:52 left in the fourth quarter that was good enough for Plantation to escape with a 22-14 win.
Kayin Cooper caught a two-point conversion pass from Nesbitt from the swinging gate formation to close scoring.
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The Colonels (3-0, 1-0 in district) twice had to stop the Miramar offense from scoring the potential tying points
Adrian Cole intercepted a Cedquan Smith pass in the end zone with 3:23 to play. Miramar drove to Colonels nine with under 20 seconds remaining in regulation. The comeback stalled when Otis Ragin recovered a Smith fumble with 12 seconds left.
Ragin finished the night with the fumble and interception as well as a blocked field goal.
The Colonels were 1-9 against the Patriots in games played against each other dating back to 2007. Plantation’s previous lone victory was 20-12 in 2015.
“It was like two dogs going after the same ball,” Plantation coach Steve Davis said. “I knew it would be a heck of a game. I knew it would be a playoff like atmosphere this early in the season. Glad we came out on top tonight.”
Both teams got off to a fast start with Plantation scoring on its opening drive when Christian Johnson hauled in a 22-yard pass from Nesbitt for a 7-0.
Miramar tied the score on its first possession when Smith completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Hill.
Plantation broke the deadlock with 1:06 to play in the first half when senior running back Kyle Walters scored from 3-yards out for a 14-7 halftime lead. Walters finished with 128 yards on 18 carries to lead all runners.
Miramar had a chance to add a late field goal, but Ragin blocked a 37-yard attempt by Xavier Clarke. Miramar eventually tied the score at 14-14 on a Clifton Miller 9-yard run in the third quarter.
The Patriots (0-3, 0-1 in district) struggled offensively, despite Smith passing for 252 yards. Miramar has scored only 29 points in its three losses.
Turnovers and penalties hampered Miramar all night. The had four turnovers and were penalized 19 times for 143 yards.