After a frantic final few minutes, No. 3 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) remained unbeaten, leaving Florida with a narrow 23-22 victory against No. 15 American Heritage (Plantation).
It was the only game of the weekend featuring two Super 25 teams.
American Heritage blocked a 24-yard field field goal that would have pushed the deficit to two scores with 1:03 left. Heritage took over at the DeMatha 45-yard line trailing by seven.
Khalil Herbert blasted a long touchdown run with 53 seconds left. That cut the lead to one and Heritage opted to go for two for the win. A penalty against DeMatha pushed the ball forward, but then a delay of game penalty forced the ball back. The coaches instead went for the extra point. But the PAT missed.
DeMatha recovered the onside kick and was able to run out the clock.
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It didn’t look like the final minutes would be so frantic based on the way the game began. American Heritage score first with a field goal, but DeMatha then tallied 16 consecutive points. American Heritage bounced back with a touchdown late in the third quarter to cut it to a one-score game.
After DeMatha scored to extend the lead to two touchdowns, American Heritage scored a quick TD on an 8-yard TD run by Herbert to make it 23-16 with four minutes left.
The kickoff went untouched and American Heritage recovered at its 8-yard line. But Heritage fumbled, giving DeMatha the ball back in the red zone with 2:35 remaining. That set up the blocked field goal.
DeMatha has now beaten two ranked teams from Florida in consecutive weekends. The Stags downed Miami Central 38-14 last Saturday.
DeMatha is off next weekend before hosting La Salle College High from suburban Philadelphia in what should be another competitive game.