Week 9 of South Florida high school football was like no other: talent was all over the field.
This time around, St. Thomas Aquinas welcomed American Heritage in a thriller that was broadcasted on ESPN2. Along with that, Traz Powell Stadium hosted a Thursday night showdown between Miami Northwestern and Miami Palmetto.
Here’s a recap of the top games of the week:
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 33, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 23
Thanks to the likes of three defensive touchdowns, along with great production by senior running back Anthony Hankerson, Aquinas (3-1) shined bright on the biggest stage, edging past the Patriots (5-2). The Jason Taylor led defense forced five turnovers, pushing them into an early 20-0 lead and keeping them intact in the second half.
Heritage’s Vinson Davis, who played quarterback Friday, added a 58-yard rushing touchdown and red zone score to his resume.
Miami Northwestern 17, Miami Palmetto 7
In a game that featured seven players committed to the University of Miami, the Bulls (2-1) overcame an early deficit to capture their second win of the season. Senior edge rusher Patrick Payton notched yet again another defensive touchdown, this time a pick six that gave Northwestern the lead. Running back Siddiq Jackson pushed the lead on a three-yard rush late in the third quarter.
For Palmetto (1-1), their only score came off a 99-yard kickoff return by senior athlete Mike Jackson.
Columbus (Miami, Fla.) 42, Miami Senior High 6
The Explorers (3-0) kept their foot on the gas for all four quarters against the Stingarees (1-2), dominating them at home.
Gulliver Prep (Miami, Fla.) 35, Dade Christian (Miami, Fla.) 6
The Raiders remained undefeated on the season, blowing out the Crusaders in impressive fashion. Junior quarterback Carson Haggard completed 13 of his 20 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were caught by sophomore receiver Jalen Brown.
Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.) 65, Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.) 7
The Lions remained persistent in their route to a back-to-back Class 2A state title, beating the Gators in their play-in game. They’ll now prepare for a quarter-final contest versus First Baptist Academy.
Killian (Miami, Fla.) 43, Carol City (Miami, Fla.) 36
Although it took a magnificent fourth quarter comeback, the Cougars (2-1) managed to escape on the road, knocking down the Chiefs (1-2) in one to remember.
North Miami 20, Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.) 14
In shocking fashion, the Chargers kept the Tornadoes win-less on the season, earning a competitive victory in overtime.
Edison (Miami, Fla.) 47, Norland (Miami, Fla.) 7
The Red Raiders (2-1) stood their ground all night long, bouncing back following a 14-0 loss to Miami Central.
Belen (Miami, Fla.) 10, Immaculata La-Salle (Miami, Fla.) 8
Down with 17.2 seconds left to play, Wolverines (3-3) signal-caller Alberto Mendoza connected with receiver Carlos Iglesias for a heroic touchdown that keeps their long-lasting winning streak against the Royal Lions (3-2) alive.