St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) will attempt to repeat as Florida 7A champions and win its fourth title in six years after advancing to the state championship game with a 27-10 victory against Braden River (Bradenton) on Friday night.
Aquinas, ranked No. 12 in the Super 25, trailed 7-0 and 10-7 but took the lead early in the second quarter and held Braden River scoreless in the second half for the victory.
Aquinas took a 14-10 lead on a TD pass from Jake Allen to Dominic Thiemann with 10:59 remaining in the first half and then scored 20 seconds before halftime on a 1-yard run by James Charles. The second score followed a sack and fumble recovery.
The only scoring in the second half was on field goals of 30 and 27 yards, respectively.
There was a scary moment when Braden River’s Chase Knoph had to be taken off on a stretcher after making a tackle. He gave the crowd a thumbs up as he was taken off the field, according to multiple reports.
Aquinas advances to face Viera, which beat Columbia 42-23. Viera will be making its first trip to the state final when it faces Aquinas next week at the Citrus Bowl.