No. 9 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) punches ticket to 7A semifinals

No. 9 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) punches ticket to 7A semifinals

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No. 9 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) punches ticket to 7A semifinals

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May 19 2016 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S.A -- St. Thomas Aquinas head coach Roger Harriott (left) talks with Aquinas linebacker Derrell Shelton (right). St. Thomas Aquinas, the likely No. 1 team in the preseason Super 25, is hosting its annual gold and blue inter squad scrimmage at the school’s stadium. -- Photo by Steve Mitchell USA TODAY Sports Images, Gannett ORG XMIT: US 134928 St. Thomas Aquin 5/19/2016 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

St. Thomas Aquinas head coach Roger Harriott (left) talks with Aquinas linebacker Derrell Shelton (right) earlier in the season. (Photo: Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports Images.).

Jake Allen threw three touchdown passes and Mike Epstein ran for two touchdowns to lead No. 9 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) to a 50-10 defeat of Mater Academy Charter (Hialeah Gardens) in a Region 4-7A final on Friday in Hialeah.

Aquinas running back Kyshaun Bryan put the Raiders up 7-0 on their first series with a 35-yard run. After a Mater Academy field goal, Allen made it 14-3 for the Raiders when he connected with Army All-American wide receiver Mike Harley for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Epstein’s 1-yard run put the Raiders up 20-3 and the rout was on.

Marco Salani added a 28-yard field goal and the Raiders led 28-3 at the half. The Lions’ only touchdown came early in the third quarter on a 12-yard pass from Kaywon Hanna to Marcus Lodge. Epstein answered right back for Aquinas on a 13-yard run to put the Raiders up 30-10.

Allen made it 37-10 on a 22-yard pass to Jonathan Moore. On the Raiders’ next series, Allen and Moore connected again, this time for a 23-yard touchdown pass. Sam Llewellyn had a 2-yard run for a touchdown to put the Raiders up 50-10 early in the fourth quarter.

Aquinas (10-2) will play Venice on Friday in a state semifinal. The loss ends the season for the Lions (11-2) and former Aquinas coach Rocco Casullo, who fell 60-7 in last year’s 7A playoffs to the Raiders.

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