St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) stared down the early season Super 25 jinx for No. 2 teams, defeating visiting Miramar 48-18 on Friday.
IMG Academy (Bradenton) began the season as the No. 2 team, only to lose to American Heritage (Plantation) in a preseason game. Last week, then-No. 2 Miami Central fell 38-14 at the hands of then-No. 5 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.).
Miramar (0-2) put the Raiders (2-0) on their heels early in the game, taking a 12-7 lead on a 10-yard pass from D’Angelo Fulford to Aundray Henley. Fulford threw another touchdown pass in the second half.
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Running back James Charles ran for three first-half touchdowns to lead the Raiders. His first touchdown, a 3-yarder, gave Aquinas the first lead in the game, following an 11-play, 70-yard drive. Miramar responded quickly, however, as Henley recovered a fumble and ran 60 yards for a score, though Miramar missed the point-after. Following a second Aquinas fumble, Henley came back with the other score, but again Miramar missed the PAT.
From there, it was nearly all Raiders. They went up for good at 14-12 when Jake Allen connected on an 18-yard touchdown pass to Trevon Grimes. Charles followed with TD runs of five and eight yards. Sam Bruce ran in a 28-yarder, James McCourt had field goals of 23 and 21 yards and linebacker Tyler Dunning recovered a fumble in the end zone to complete the Raiders’ scoring.
The game started more than 30 minutes late because of lightning delays. Aquinas leads the series, 16-7