Booker T. Washington boarded its cross-country flight back to Miami on Saturday afternoon still the nation’s top-ranked team.
The Tornadoes (6-0) are still at the top thanks to timely play from their defense that helped them win a tough game against Bishop Gorman 28-12 late Friday night in Las Vegas.
Leading by two points in the fourth quarter with Bishop Gorman nearing midfield, Booker T. linebacker Tyrone Robinson slapped the ball out of Gaels quarterback Randall Cunningham’s hands, allowing Terry Jefferson to recover.
The play led to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and Booker T. Washington’s second victory this season against a nationally-ranked out-of-state opponent on national television.
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Senior quarterback Treon Harris threw three touchdown passes and ran for an 11-yard score following Jefferson’s fumble recovery to give Booker T. a 21-12 lead. Harris later hit Lamar Parker for a 35-yard touchdown pass.
Bishop Gorman (4-2), ranked No. 25 nationally by MaxPreps, ran for 133 rushing yards as a team, led by junior running back Russell Booze’s 112 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
“We train our guys to be ready for every kind of situation,” Booker T. coach Tim “Ice” Harris said. “These are the kinds of games we knew would test what we’re made of and get us ready.”
Andre C. Fernandez
• Archbishop Curley 13, Florida Christian 0: Marlin Harris ran for two touchdowns as the Knights took down the Patriots for their third win of the season.
• Late Friday — Champagnat 74, Coral Springs Christian 0: The Lions (6-0) cruised to the district victory behind the sharp passing of Kato Nelson, who completed 10 of 11 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns. Nelson also ran for a 30-yard touchdown.
• 1. Palmetto 76, 2. MAST Academy 64, 3. Mourning 56, 4. Hialeah Gardens 54, 5. Columbus 42, 6. Ferguson 36, 7. Reagan 35, 8. TERRA 29, 9. American 27, 10. Miami Beach 24: 200 medley: MAST 1:42.43; 200 free: Marcus Souza (KIL) 1:48.03; 200 IM: Joaquin Uz (FER) 2:00.37; 50 free: Ryan Capote (AM) 22.77; 100 fly: Guy Fernandez (MAST) 52.40; 100 free: Marcus Souza (KIL) 49.31; 500 free: Daniel Angeles (ATM) 4:55.60; 200 relay: MAST 1:31.63; 100 back: Guy Fernandez (MAST) 54.46; 100 breast: Alexander Reid (MB) 59.50; 400 relay: PAL 3:29.60.
• 1. Coral Reef 108, 2. Palmetto 63, 3. Reagan 57, 4. Hialeah Gardens 51, 5. Killian 46, 6. Coral Gables 45, 7. Southwest 37, 8. American 25, 9. Krop, 10. MAST Academy: 200 medley: CR 1:55.52; Maria Perez (HML), Cloe Bedard-Khalid (CR) 1:59.20; 200 IM: Kelly Fertel (CR) 2:09.76; 50 free: Omaira German (AM) 25.10; 100 fly: Maria Lopez (HG) 57.82; 100 free: Isabella Paez (RR) 54.45; 500 free: Maria Perez (HML) 5:27.09; 200 relay: CR 1:47.42; 100 back: Isabella Paez (RR) 1:00.84; 100 breast: Kelly Fertel (CR) 1:06.77; 400 relay: PAL 3:57.80
Ransom everglades, behind the stellar play of middle blocker Caroline Sklaver, defeated Chaminade-Madonna to win the Chaminade Invitational.
Sklaver, who earned tournament MVP honors with a game-high 10 kills and 16 assists, helped the Raiders in a 25-22, 25-17 final match against the Lions.
The win caps the second consecutive year in which Ransom (16-3) takes top honors at the invitational.
• Ransom Everglade d. Chaminade-Madonna 25-22, 25-17: Caroline Sklaver 16 assists, 10 kills.
Varela went 5-0 on its trips up north to Palm Beach en route to a win in the Palm Beach Classic Division II Championship.
The Vipers (11-7) defeated Palm Beach Gardens twice, the first was to open up the tournament and the second to win it. Varela also took down Plantation American Heritage, Boca Raton and John I Leonard.
Maria Jose Estupinan headlined during the tournament, registering 72 assists, 31 digs, 22 kills and five aces in five games.
• Late Friday – Ransom d. Southwest: Caroline Sklaver 4 kills, 12 points. Sophie Bullard 4 kills. Nikki Colonna 5 kills. Sydney Bent 5 kills, 3 blocks.