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Aquinas beats Cooper City 53-0

November 6, 2012
St. Thomas Aquinas High School



St. Thomas Aquinas never forgot about last year's crushing loss to Cooper City.

Raiders players wanted to remember the pain, so they had wristbands made that had the final score of the game, 21-16, imprinted on them.

Finally, on Friday, the Raiders were able to erase some of those memories, as they dominated Cooper City to earn a 53-0 blowout win and clinch the District 15-7A title.

"It was huge. We wore those wristbands all offseason and we still wear them today," Raiders quarterback John O'Korn said. "It has been with us since that day last year and we've used it as motivation all through summer workouts, and up until this point."

After last season's loss to the Cowboys ended St. Thomas' string of consecutive district championships, which dated back to 1996, the Raiders began a new steak with Friday's victory.

"District is the most important thing and we went undefeated in a very tough district," head coach Rocco Casullo said. "Teams have definitely gotten a lot better in our district. I'm proud of those guys."

From the beginning of the contest, St. Thomas was on a mission.

Offensively, the Raiders (7-2, 5-0) moved the ball up and down the field, scoring 39 first-half points behind two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown from O'Korn.

St. Thomas did not even attempt a punt in the game, as O'Korn led the offense with 162 passing yards and 31 yards on the ground despite not playing in the second half because of the lopsided score.

And the Raiders' defense was just as dominant, holding Cooper City (4-5, 3-2) to just two first downs and -5 yards of total offense. The Cowboys could not do anything on the offensive side of the ball, as eight of their first nine passes of the game fell incomplete.

"The defense really had a chip on their shoulder after last week's game against Plantation," Casullo said. "They really wanted this game bad. Our guys know some of these kids and they really wanted to come out and make a statement."


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