A Look Back
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A recap of the 2012 state championship games
CLASS 1A: NORTHVIEW VS. TRENTON
THE NORTHVIEW DEFENSE FORCED FOUR TURNOVERS AND RE-
lied heavily on its rushing attack to beat Trenton 42-21. Northview ( 11-3)
scored three unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter, taking a 21-0
lead into halftime. Trenton ( 13-1) fought back with three scores in the
second half, but Northview matched its performance, scoring three times
as well. Trenton RB Cedric Stokes had a game-high 199 yards and two
touchdowns on 35 carries. LaMikel Kyles led Northview, rushing for 127
yards on 12 carries.
CLASS 2A: UNIV. CHRISTIAN VS. DADE CHRISTIAN
LED BY JEREMIAH HAMLIN’S 118-YARD PERFORMANCE, UNI-
versity Christian ( 13-1) rushed for 261 total yards and scored three
times on the ground, beating Dade Christian 28-10. Dade Christian
( 12-1) held a 10-6 advantage after the first quarter, but University
Christian’s defense did not allow Dade Christian to score again. Hussein Howe scored the first of three unanswered rushing touchdowns
for University Christian in the second half. Dade Christian QB Gary
Sampson finished the game 14 of 34 for 189 yards, throwing one
touchdown and one interception.
CLASS 3A: UNIV. SCHOOL VS. MADISON COUNTY
NOTHING COULD DETER UNIVERSITY FROM WINNING A STATE
championship and capping off its perfect season. University School
(12-0) faced a 17-0 deficit with four minutes remaining in the first half, before Ilan Krus kicked a 25-yard field goal. From there, it was all University
School as the Suns would go on to score three unanswered touchdowns
and win 24-17. University School was led by QB Mike White who was 21-
of- 31 passing for 282 yards and two touchdowns.
CLASS4A: BOOKER T. WASHINGTON VS. BOLLES
QUARTERBACK TREON HARRIS COMPILED 319 TOTAL YARDS AND
scored five touchdowns as Booker T. Washington rolled over The Bolles
School, 35-7. Harris was 11-of- 19 passing for 245 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball 12 times for 74 yards and three touchdowns.
Booker T. Washington ( 13-1) also showcased a suffocating defense
that allowed just 187 yards, recorded two interceptions and forced four
total fumbles. Trailing throughout the game, The Bolles School ( 12-2)
had to rely heavily on its passing attack. Colby Peters finished the day 13
of 30 for 125 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
CLASS 5A: GODBY VS. IMMOKALEE
GODBY ( 14-1) HELD ON FOR A 21-20 WIN IN WHAT WAS ARGUABLY
the most exciting game of the 2012 state championships. Immokalee
( 11-4) QB Tsumbi Johnson completed a two-yard touchdown pass to
Xavier Richardson as time expired in regulation to pull within one point.
Everything was in place for an overtime showdown, but a bad snap forced
Johnson to try to complete a two-point conversion and his pass was intercepted. Johnson finished with 361 of the team’s total 434 yards and
scored all three touchdowns. He was 24-of- 39 passing for 301 yards,
but his three interceptions proved to be devastating for Immokalee. J.T.
Bradwell paced the Godby offense as he compiled 175 total yards. The
dual-threat quarterback was 10-of- 21 passing for 108 yards and added 67
yards rushing on 17 carries. He scored twice and tossed one interception.
CLASS 6A: MIAMI CENTRAL VS. GAINESVILLE
THE TWO-HEADED RUSHING ATTACK FROM MIAMI CENTRAL ( 12-2)
was too much for Gainesville ( 14-1) to handle, as the Rockets roared to
a 37-14 victory. Joseph Yearby led Miami Central with 125 yards rushing
on 23 carries. His performance was complemented by Dalvin Cook, who
rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries. Both ball carriers scored twice. Ra-pheal Webb did everything he could for Gainesville, but it wasn’t enough.
Webb rushed for 155 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns,
including a game-long run of 80 yards.
CLASS 7A: ST. THOMAS AQUINAS VS. LINCOLN
LINCOLN ( 12-2) SCORED FIRST, BUT ST. THOMAS AQUINAS ( 13-2)
scored the most and won, 41-25. St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback John
O’Korn was 11-of- 26 passing for 339 yards and two touchdowns. He added 95 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. In addition, St. Thomas
Aquinas got quality production from Fred Coppett, who had a game-high
151 yards on 22 carries.
CLASS 8A: CYPRESS BAY VS. APOPKA
IF THE MOST EXCITING GAME OF THE 2012 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
wasn’t the 5A game, then it was certainly the 8A championship. Apopka
( 13-2) held on to win the back-and-forth affair, 53-50, over Cypress Bay
( 12-3). The game featured two ties and two lead changes. The difference in
points was never more than two scores for either team. With 5: 27 remaining,
Apopka engineered an 80-yard game-winning drive, capped off by a two-yard
run by Chandler Cox. That drive was kept alive by a roughing-the-passer penalty, which negated a Cypress Bay interception. Apopka quarterback Zack
Darlington compiled a game-high 379 total yards and three touchdowns.
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FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FLORIDA 2013