First Coast put on a fireworks show for its fans at halftime of Saturday’s game.
Miami Central never let the home team even come close to putting together any kind of spectacle on the football field.
The Rockets left no doubt for the fourth consecutive week who was clearly the superior team on the football field, hammering First Coast 62-0.
The Rockets (3-0), ranked No. 14 nationally by MaxPreps, scored in every phase of the game and built a 49-0 halftime lead that prompted a running clock in the second half.
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Central amassed a staggering 448 yards on offense including 265 rushing.
“For the past few weeks, for us it’s all been about focusing on ourselves improving,” Central coach Roland Smith said. “Our offensive line has been tremendous and done a great job executing the game plan our coaches put in.”
FSU commit James Cook and senior Kywan Smith each ran for a touchdown and combined for 100 yards, with Cook gaining 49 and Smith 51.
Central’s defense was just as impressive allowing only 42 yards overall and forcing three turnovers.
Christopher Williams, Waynmon Steed and Owen Carney each had numerous tackles and quarterback pressures to smother First Coast’s offense.
One of those was a 35-yard interception return by Joshua Dinson for a touchdown just before halftime.
University of Illinois commitment Carmoni Green, who caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from Tijuane Morten, later returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown.
Morten went 8-for-10 passing for 174 yards and threw two touchdowns and two interceptions. Backup quarterback Seth McGill scored two touchdowns and sophomore Willie Davis added another. Senior Antonio Isaac caught four passes for 78 yards, including Central’s first score on a 21-yard touchdown catch.
Central has outscored its first three opponents — Clermont East Ridge, Miami Killian and First Coast — by a combined 176-14 and shut out the latter two.
Add to that a 41-0 rout of Royal Palm Beach in a preseason classic and the four-time defending Class 6A state champions have not even come close to being challenged so far.
Roland Smith knows that is about to change in the upcoming weeks.
The Rockets open their District 16-6A schedule Friday against Norland (3-1) and then take on rival Booker T. Washington on Sept. 24.
The Tornadoes, ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today, were upset Saturday by Miami Jackson.
“No matter who we’ve been playing, we’ve treated every game with a national championship mentality,” Smith said. “We’re just focusing on getting better each day.”