Even on a rainy night, No. 4 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) had no trouble carrying its explosive offense and dominant defense into the postseason Friday night.
In a Class 5A Regional Quarterfinal game, the Patriots posted their third straight shutout with a 42-0 romp over Merritt Island.
In their last three games, the defending state champion Patriots (9-0) have outscored opponents 123-0.
Vanderbilt running back commit Miles Jones (2 TDs) got Heritage on the board first with a 49-yard rushing TD, and senior Jordan Johnson followed that up with a TD of his own to make it 13-0. Junior running back Tyler Jones then got in on the act with a rushing TD of his own, increasing the lead over Merritt Island (6-4) to 19-0.
Tyler Jones ran for his second TD of the night to start the second quarter, a 7-yard jaunt that increased the advantage to 25-0. The Patriots went to the half up 35-0 after another Miles Jones score.
Junior Brandon Cohen added a rushing TD to cap the scoring.
American Heritage’s next step in its title defense is a Class 5A Regional Semifinal next Friday against the Bishop Moore/Westwood winner.