American’s victory Thursday night may have had its flaws.
But what mattered to the Patriots was its meaning.
While its offense could barely move the ball, American’s defense was once again stellar and led it to a 12-8 victory over Carol City at Traz Powell Stadium.
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The victory capped a 9-1 regular season for the Patriots that matched its best record in school history and the first time they finished with such a mark since 1988.
“Nobody outside of our coaches believed we could do something special this season,” said American first-year coach Anthony White. “From the spring, we knew what we had, and we knew if we stayed the course we could do something special.”
The Patriots will face host Plantation in a Region 4-7A quarterfinal next Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Milander Park. American has lost in the first round to Plantation each of the past two seasons and has not won a playoff game since 1997.
“This is a big accomplishment because we have a lot of coaches that played here before, and they told us how much it means,” Webster said. “This defense always takes charge, and we love the challenge.”
American’s defense has been its strength throughout the season. The Patriots have three shutouts and allowed 14 points or less in all nine of their victories this season.
Deangelo Nelms (14 sacks), sophomore Enos Lewis (88 tackles, four sacks), Webster (11 sacks), senior Darius Rolle (11 sacks) and senior Jeremiah Dinson (three interceptions) are among the unit’s leaders.
A pair of field goals by Diego Arcon preceded a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Antoine Webster that gave American a 12-0 lead. American’s defense finished with seven sacks and forced three turnovers. Karon Jackson had a key late interception and Shammond Williams also recovered a fumble. The efforts made up for an offense that picked up only two first downs, rushed for one yards and finished with 38 total yards.
“I like our defense against anybody,” White said. “Plantation has a great team, and we have to execute better on offense.”
▪ Belen Jesuit 3, Miami Springs 0: Marcello Hernandez goal.
▪ South Dade 1, Killian 0: Kevin Velasquez goal.
▪ Dade Christian 4, Monsignor Pace 3: Ivan Arenas 3 goals, assist.
▪ Mater Academy 2 Homestead 1: Tony Perez (Homestead) goal, assist.
▪ Divine Savior 4, Miami Country Day 3: Sam Benson, Diego Oropeza, Julian Claramonte (MCD), goal.
▪ TERRA 4, Central 4: Agustin Cioni, Ivan Fernandez goal.
▪ St. Brendan 2, Archbishop Curley 1: Jorge Mahmoud goal.
▪ Mater Academy 2, Homestead 1: David Espantoso, Leonardo Padin, goal.
▪ Pine Crest 5, Pompano Beach 0: Ryan Driscoll, Max Krieg 2 goals.
▪ Monarch 3, Deerfield Beach 0: Rodrigo Silva goal, assist.
▪ Westland Hialeah 3, Goleman 0: Franklin Rendón, Marcell Perdomo goal.
▪ Miami Springs 5, Homestead 0:
▪ South Florida HEAT 4, Hillel 1: Ali Wolf (Hill) goal.
▪ Calvary Christian 8, Chamiande 0: Aly Mielke, Beatrice Blanco three goals.
▪ Douglas 3, Coral Glades 0: Jordan Ross goal, Vanessa Agudelo goal.
▪ Coral Springs Charter 1, University School 0:
▪ Cardinal Gibbons 2, Somerset Academy 0: Mackenzie Crittenberger 2 goals.
▪ Miami Beach 4, Coral Park 1: Cristy Mejill goal, two assists.
▪ St. Thomas Aquinas 8, Cooper City 0: Bella Dorosy 2 goals.
▪ Cypress Bay 8, South Plantation 0: Maria Munoz, Jacky Huchler 2 goals.
▪ Coral Gables 3, Reagan 0: Marianna Babboni 2 goals. Amy Ransom goal, assist.
▪ Palmer Trinity 6, Sagemont 0: Sofia Rivas 2 goals. Victoria Rosales goal, assist.
▪ Mater Academy 8, SLAM 0: Alexis Rodriguez 3 Goals, assist.
Mater Academy Charter vs. Somerset Academy (Chapel Trail Park), 7
Miami Palmetto at University School, 7
Belen Jesuit at. Monsignor Pace, 7:30
Braddock at Southridge, 7:30
Champagnat at IMG Academy, 7:30
Coral Gables vs. Southwest (Tropical), 7:30
Doral Academy at Dade Christian, 7:30
Somerset Charter at Archbishop Carroll, 4
Edison at North Miami, 7:30
Keys Gate vs. Gulliver Prep, 3:30
South Dade at Homestead (Harris), 7:30
Northwestern vs. Jackson (Traz), 7:30
Miami Beach vs. Ronald Reagan (Milander), 7:30
Miami Community Charter at Ransom Everglades, 7:30
Mourning at Miami High (Curtis Field), 7:30
North Miami Beach at Madison County, 7
Westland Hialeah at Chaminade, 3:30
Kathleen at American Heritage, 7:30
Taravella at Boyd Anderson, 7
Cardinal Gibbons at Coral Springs, 7
Coconut Creek at Monarch (Deerfield Beach), 7
Cooper City at West Broward (Flanagan), 7
Northeast at Cypress Bay, 7
Deerfield Beach at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7
Douglas at Nova, 7
Everglades at Piper, 6
McArthur at. Hollywood Hills (Cooper City), 7
Plantation at South Plantation, 7
Western at South Broward, 7
Archbishop McCarthy at Key West, 7
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Region 4-2A championships (Lee County Aquatics Center) 9 a.m.
Booker T. Washington at MAST, 2
Hialeah Educational Academy at Goleman, 3:30
SLAM Charter at Keys Gate, 3:30
Ronald Reagan at Coral Gables, 4
Northwestern at Doral Academy, 4
Coral Park at Miami High, 4
Southwest at Braddock, 4
Killian at Miami Beach (Memorial), 5
North Broward Prep at LaSalle, 5
North Miami Beach at Edison, 6
Mourning at Miami Country Day, 7
South Miami at Columbus, 8
Hialeah at Edison, 2
Ronald Reagan at Coral Gables, 2
Southwest at. Braddock (Miller Pond Park), 2
Coral Park at Miami High, 2
Hialeah-Miami Lakes at Jackson, 3:30
South Dade at Southridge, 3:30
SLAM Charter at LaSalle, 3:30
Archbishop Carroll at Doctors Charter, 3:30
Varela at Miami Palmetto, 3:30
Homestead at Miami Central, 3:30
Goleman at TERRA, 3:30
Miami Springs at Westland Hialeah, 3:30
Sunset at Killian (Ron Eahman), 3:30
Ferguson at Coral Reef, 3:30
Somerset Academy at Dade Christian, 4
Archemedian at. Island Christian, 4
Riviera Prep at Miami Community Charter, 4
South Miami at Lourdes (Kendall Soccer Complex), 4
Florida Christian at Ransom Everglades, 4
Keys Gate at Carrollton, 4
Booker T. Washington at MAST, 4
Mourning at Miami Country Day, 5
Westminster Christian at St. Brendan, 6