It wasn’t Chaminade-Madonna’s prettiest game of the year by any stretch of the imagination.
But even with six turnovers on offense and 11 penalties in the game, the Lions held firm and walked away from its Class 3A state semifinal with a 16-0 road win at Clearwater Central Catholic to make it back to Orlando for a third consecutive season and have a chance to defend their state title from a year ago.
Chamiande (11-2) led 7-0 at halftime on a 33-yard touchdown run by Willie Davis, who finished the game with 221 yards. Three second-half field goals from Carter Davis accounted for the rest of Chaminade’s points.
The win on Friday marked Chaminade’s fourth shutout in the past five games.
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The Lions will face West Palm Beach’s King’s Academy on Saturday for the Class 3A title. King’s Academy advanced to Orlando after a 49-48, come-from-behind victory over FSU High School.