ORLANDO — Willie Davis scored twice and Daelen Menard threw two touchdown passes to lift Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna to a 38-10 win against West Palm Beach King’s Academy in the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A football championship game.
It was Chaminade-Madonna’s (12-2) second consecutive 3A championship and the Lions’ fifth state title overall.
Trailing 10-0 midway through the second quarter, Davis got the Lions on the scoreboard with a 14-yard touchdown run to cap off a six-play, 52-yard drive. After holding King’s Academy to a three-and-out on their next series, Chaminade-Madonna went 87 yards in nine plays to take a 14-10 lead on Davis’ second touchdown — a 13-yard run.
Chaminade-Madonna got their passing game going behind Menard in the second half.
On their first offensive play of the third quarter, Menard connected with junior Elijan Canion for a 71-yard touchdown and a 21-10 lead. Canion, who is considered one of the top junior prospects in the state, took a short slant route over the middle and outran the King’s Academy defense to the end zone.
Later in the third quarter Menard threw his second touchdown pass — a 16-yard strike to John Dunmore to make the score 28-10. Dunmore, a senior, is committed to Penn State.
King’s Academy (12-2) was looking for its first state championship and got off to a good start. Quarterback Justin Wake threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Cory Croteau to give King’s Academy a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Bernie Cueto added a 37-yard field goal early in the second to make it 10-0.
Wake was 14-of-30 for 115 yards and two interceptions. Croteau had three catches for 51 yards.
CM ;0;14 ;14 ;10 ;—; 38
KA — Croteau 14 pass from Wake (Cute kick) 7:25
KA — Cueto 37 yard FG 11:56
CM — W. Davis 14 run (C. Davis kick) 5:26
CM — W. Davis 13 run (C. Davis kick) 1:06
CM — Canion 71 pass from Menard (C. Davis kick) 11:33
CM — Dunmore 16 pass from Menard (C. Davis kick) 2:09
CM — C. Davis 27 yard FG 6:05
CM — Stanley 36 punt return :08
Rush Att-Yards 26-23;32-103
Passing Yards 115;218
Fumbles Lost 0-0;1-0
Miami Northwestern 22, Armwood 0
Timothy Burns and Samuel Brooks scored defensive touchdowns to lift Miami Northwestern to a win against Seffner Armwood in the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 6A football championship game.
Miami Northwestern (10-5) also got a safety on defense and held Armwood to 48 total yards as the Bulls won their second straight 6A state title. Last year Northwestern defeated Armwood 21-16 in the 6A final.
Northwestern took a 7-0 lead midway through the second quarter after Armwood quarterback Cam’ron Ransom was flushed out of the pocket and threw an ill-advised pass that Burns jumped in front of and returned 23 yards for the touchdown.
The Bulls broke the game open in the third quarter with big plays on both sides of the ball on three consecutive possessions.
On Northwestern’s first possession of the second half quarterback Isaiah Velez found Nathan Noel streaking across the middle of the field. Noel bobbled the catch but eventually brought it in and raced down the sidelines for a 65-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Armwood (13-2) looked to answer after a 51-yard kick return by Agiye Hall gave the Hawks a first down at the Bulls 32-yard line. But Ransom was strip sacked on the next play by Terrence Lewis and Samuel Brooks picked up the loose ball and raced 56 yards for the touchdown to give Northwestern a 20-0 lead.
Northwestern’s defense continued to dominate on the next possession as Ransom was sacked in the end zone by Calijah Kancey for a safety.
The Hawks longest play from scrimmage was a 31-yard run by Ransom in the first quarter. However he was 10-of-22 for 31 yards through the air.
Velez was 9-of-18 for 141 yards and an interception for the Hawks and Romello Brinson had three receptions for 42 yards.
MN — Burns 23 interception return (Navarro kick) 5:08
MN — Noel 65 pass from Velez (Navarro kick) 9:56
MN — Brooks 56 fumble recovery (kick failed) 9:22
MN — Safety, Ransom sacked in end zone 8:12