Miami Booker T. Washington has had plenty of thrilling finishes over the years in state semifinal games.
The Tornadoes had no time for drama Friday night.
Led by another masterful performance by senior quarterback Treon Harris, who accounted for six Booker T. touchdowns for the second consecutive game, the Tornadoes routed visiting Cocoa 49-10 in a Class 4A state semifinal at Traz Powell Stadium.
The Tornadoes (13-0), ranked No. 1 nationally in every poll, won their 25th consecutive game and beat Cocoa in the semifinals for the third consecutive season.
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Next, Booker T. will try to take the final step toward wrapping up a second consecutive state title and more than likely a national championship when it faces Jacksonville Bolles next Saturday night at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
It’s also the third consecutive season Booker T. will play Bolles in the final.
"Our kids and coaches did an excellent job in terms of game planning and we were able to make some big plays early and shut them down on defense," Booker T. coach Ice Harris said. "We wanted to put together a tough schedule to make sure the kids were battle-tested for a game like this."
Harris’ son, Treon, threw three touchdown passes and ran for three more scores in last week’s rout against 2012 Class 3A state champion Davie University School.
This week, Harris did more of his damage passing.
Harris completed 11 of 16 passes for 265 yards and threw five touchdown passes with no interceptions. Harris also ran for a 15-yard touchdown to help Booker T. storm to a 28-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
"This feels great going back to state for the third straight year," Harris said. "We wanted to get it over with early. As seniors, we want to win it and get that national trophy too."
Senior receivers Lamar Parker and Deltron Hopkins each caught two of Harris’ touchdowns. Parker caught four passes for 64 yards with touchdown receptions of 15 and 11 yards, and Hopkins’ lone catches were his two touchdowns – one from 22 and the other from 35 yards out.
Sophomore running back Mark Walton caught the other one on a screen out of the backfield he took 16 yards to the end zone for the game’s first score. Walton also ran for a 9-yard touchdown later in the first.
Booker T.’s defense shut down Cocoa’s run-oriented offense early allowing it to build the big lead. The Tigers (11-2) amassed 153 yards rushing, but had only 11 in the first quarter.
“This has been a great experience and we felt like this was a state championship, but we know we have one more to go,” said senior defensive end Demetrius Jackson, who will be making his first trip to state with the team.
“We’re hungry and we know what this championship can do for our community. We just have to round it up and win one more game.”