Broward High Schools

Taj McGowan leads Hallandale past Stranahan

Taj McGowan rushed for 123 yards on six carries and scored two touchdowns to lead Hallandale past Stranahan 27-14 Thursday night in a District 15-6A game played at South Plantation.

McGowan, a USF verbal commit, took a third-quarter hand off from quarterback Tyler Huntley 95 yards for the score to give Hallandale a 27-0 lead. He also scored the game's first touchdown on an 8-yard run in the second quarter. The victory improves the Chargers’ record to 8-1 and keeps them undefeated (4-0) in district play.

Huntley completed 14 of 18 passes for 197 yards and a score. By contrast, Stranahan's starting quarterback Javonne Heastie, who was under pressure the entire game, completed only 2 of 12 passes for 11 yards and was intercepted once before being relieved in the third quarter. He was also sacked six times. Heastie rushed for 40 yards on 19 carries.

Hallandale’s offense saw eight different receivers catch passes. Neru Nshaka was the game's leading receiver with six catches for 76 yards. Joshua Hammond caught two passes for 18 yards including a 5-yard score just before intermission. Breon Jackson entered the game for Heastie in the third quarter and directed touchdown drives on his first two series. Stranahan (3-4, 1-3) was led by Anthony Hunt, Jr. who ran for 72 yards on 14 carries and scored both of the Dragons' touchdowns.

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