Westminster Christian knew in January it was going to the playoffs.
The Florida High School Athletic Association's realignment put Westminster Christian in a two-team district with Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, a Broward County foe the Warriors had been unable to beat the past two seasons.
The Warriors were ready for payback Friday afternoon and got it, dominating Chaminade throughout a 44-6 rout at home that secured the District 8-3A championship – the school’s first district crown since 2003.
“You set goals in the summer and work hard and sacrifice and do all the little things right for an opportunity like this,” Westminster Christian coach Sedrick Irvin said. “It’s a long season, but this is the first stepping stone.”
Junior Tim Irvin ran for 138 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns, one on a 48-yard pass from quarterback Hunter Boyette to lead Westminster (5-1). Irvin also had an interception.
Boyette completed 9 of 14 passes for 110 yards and threw three touchdown passes as the Warriors totaled 380 yards. Boyette found Devonaire Clarington for a 17-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Cronkrite caught a 7-yard touchdown pass early for the Warriors and later ran for a 41-yard touchdown.
Westminster’s defense held Chaminade (0-4) to 139 total yards and without a score until it had already forced a running clock with a 37-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
“We knew we had to come out and play disciplined football against them,” Irvin said. “This week we brought a different intensity in practice and in workouts. We really wanted this victory.”
Westminster Christian, which takes on Gulliver next, will turn its attention to preparing itself for a potential deep playoff run in Class 3A. The Warriors have not made the playoffs the past two seasons and have not won a playoff game since 1998.
“We have to come out with the same intensity and dominate every team we play against the rest of the season,” Irvin said.