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September 1, 2013
MIAMI GARDENS -- In a much anticipated matchup of South Florida heavyweights, the match didn't last too many rounds and failed to live up to its billing.
St. Thomas Aquinas, with six state and two national championships under its belt, delivered a lopsided defeat to Miami Northwestern, winners of five state titles and one national championship, 38-3 Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium.
The real mismatch was along the lines of scrimmage, where St. Thomas' size and depth quickly wore down the much smaller, but quick Northwestern fronts.
On defense, St. Thomas junior linebacker Christopher Hart (6-3, 225) recorded two sacks and sophomore sensation Nicholas Bosa (6-3, 240) also brought down the quarterback once. Senior defensive tackle Anthony Moten routinely made his way into the Bulls offensive backfield, disrupting Northwestern's running game, as the Raider's only allowed 85 yards rushing, shutting down the speedy and shifty Northwestern runners.
The St. Thomas secondary did its job, limiting Northwestern to 50 yards passing and taking the Bulls two most potent offensive weapons, wide receivers Odis Grimes and JoJo Robinson, rendering them ineffective as both failed to catch a pass. Junior defensive back Tyson Cisrow picked off a pass to set up a scoring drive in the second quarter, as the Raider's defense consistently imposed their will on the overmatched Bulls offense.
Offensively for St. Thomas, senior running back Madre London carried the ball 15 times for 99 yards and two scores, and junior Deltron Sands added eight rushes for 48 yards and a touchdown. Notre Dame verbal commit Corey Holmes hauled in one pass for 20 yards and junior wideout Devante Peete caught two for 68 yards, one for a 60-yard score in the fourth quarter.
In what appears to be a rebuilding year for Northwestern, one of the few bright spots on the evening was the play of defensive end Mike Smith, who's verbally committed to the University of Miami. He harassed St. Thomas quarterback Wade Freebeck on multiple occasions and forced an early turnover.
Next Saturday, Northwestern will host Jacksonville Raines at Traz Powell Stadium, with kickoff set for 7 pm.
St. Thomas has a bye next week, but will travel to New Orleans, LA for a tilt against John Curtis, last year's national champions. The game will be held in the Superdome, with a late kickoff scheduled. In an unequaled run of dominance, John Curtis has won an astounding 25 state championships in 50 years, posting 13 undefeated seasons.