In most of the previous 28 meetings between the Deerfield Beach and St. Thomas Aquinas football teams, it was the circled date on the calendar.
This Friday, Deerfield Beach would like to forget the outcome.
St. Thomas scored quickly and often in the first half en route to a 38-6 non-district victory at Deerfield Beach High.
Aquinas leads the all-time series 17-12 that started in 1970. Overall, the Raiders have outscored the Bucks 754-433 and have won 8 of the last 10 meetings in the series.
The 32-point win was the largest margin of victory since the 45-8 win in 2014 for the Raiders.
University of Miami commit Anthony Solomon recovered a pair of fumbles for touchdowns to lead the Raiders (5-1). His second score was a sack and fumble of Bucks quarterback Derohn King, returning the ball 5 yards for the touchdown on the first play of the second half.
If down by 38 points wasn’t embarrassing enough, the mercy rule was not in effect.
The Bucks’ inability to perform on special teams and the Raiders’ touchdown on their first play from scrimmage to open the game was enough to produce an Aquinas rout.
“We had a couple of weeks to prepare after our loss to Miami Central,” St. Thomas coach Roger Harriott said. “We hate losing a lot more than we love winning. We channeled that into motivation and the guys made sure that we made a statement.
On the game’s first play from scrimmage, Xavier Restrepo found Marcus Rosemy on a 50-yard halfback pass for a touchdown that stunned the Bucks defense.
Deerfield Beach (6-1) never recovered.
The Bucks were forced to punt on their first possession and the snap sailed into the endzone, where Solomon recovered it for a 14-0 lead.
“Everything is about momentum,” Solomon said. “My team was running hard all game. I did what I had to do with the opportunity and I took it.”
Touchdowns by Daniel Carter on a 1-yard run and Nigel White on an 8-yard run as well as a Logan Lupo 26-yard field goal helped the Raiders build a 31-0 halftime lead.
“We came out and gave St. Thomas 31 points,” Deerfield Beach coach Jevon Glenn said. “We were undisciplined from the first play of the game. That forced us to play a style of play that wasn’t us. Hats off to St. Thomas, but we gave them everything they got.”
The Bucks finished with three turnovers, a missed first-half field goal attempt and averaged only 16.3 yards on punts.
They avoided the shutout on a King 12-yard pass to Dashaun Davis late in the third quarter.