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September 21, 2013
FT. LAUDERDALE - For the third season in a row, Miramar knocked off the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders
The Patriots (4-0) marched into Brian Piccolo Stadium and handed the Raiders (2-1 - ranked eighth in the RivalsHigh100), fresh off an impressive road victory of defending national champions John Curtis (La.), another crushing defeat in the series of this intense rivalry.
After the Raiders jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead, that's when Miramar senior QB Nick Jeanty and company went to work.
Needing a score to stay in the game, the Patriots dug deep into their bag of tricks, calling a hook-and-lateral on first and ten. Jeanty completed the short pass to wideout Kwasim West, who then tossed the ball to a sweeping Eric Pittman, who raced down the sideline breaking arm-tackles, but was stopped just short of Aquinas' goal line.
Jeanty scored on the next play, capping off a two-play, 80-yard drive and closing the gap to 10-7.
Miramar would add a pair of second quarter field goals of 42 and 33 yards from David Campbell to hold a slim 13-10 halftime lead.
Aquinas QB Wade Freebeck (13-of-24 for 193 yards, TD) led two scoring drives that resulted in 10 unanswered points in the third period, including an 8-yard toss to junior Devante Peete. Peete would finish with four receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Entering the fourth quarter, St. Thomas was pinned inside its own 5-yard line. Trying to find some running room off the right side, Deltron Sands was dropped for a loss in the endzone by a blitzing David Lee, resulting in a safety.
Ultimately it would prove to be the difference in the game.
On the ensuing kick, Pittman posted a 50-yard return on his way to the Aquinas 25-yard line. Four plays later, RB Cameron Rigby hit paydirt to give Miramar the lead for good, but the drama wasn't quite over.
Raiders Jr. safety Tyler Cisrow blocked a Miramar field goal attempt with 2:20 remaining, giving the Raiders renewed hope. After a failed reverse on first-down, a Corey Holmes dropped pass on third, St. Thomas was faced with a fourth-and-16.
Freebeck was sacked as he tried to scramble in the face of pressure by LB Alex Trotman and end Kahlil Roan.
Miramar stuffed St. Thomas' running game all night long, limiting Sands to nine yards on nine rushes and holding down Madre London to 27 yards on 11 carries and a score.
Jeanty finished 12-of-17 for 118 yards and Pittman rushed for 89 yards on nine carries. Rigby rushed for 35 yards and a score on 10 attempts. On defense, junior cornerback Tyrek Cole had a standout performance, registering four pass break-ups.
Michael Bradley is the founder of VarsityPreps.com and the South Florida correspondent for FlaVarsity.com