Aquinas playoff ready, beat Deerfield 45-0
November 10, 2012St. Thomas Aquinas High School
- With both teams headed to the playoffs, St. Thomas Aquinas tuned-up for the postseason with a decisive, 45-0 victory over visiting Deerfield Beach in the regular season finale for both teams on Friday night.
The Raiders scored 31 points off four Bucks turnovers and a muffed punt to record its second consecutive shutout and third of the season. Quarterback John O'Korn passed for 138 yards and ran for two scores to lead the way.
St. Thomas Aquinas coach Rocco Casullo was pleased with his team's performance. The school also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the school's first state championship and Casullo is hoping to add to its six state championships.
St. Thomas Aquinas (8-2) is on a five-game win streak and opens the playoff on Class 7A playoffs when it hosts Miami Beach in the regional quarterfinal next week.
"We are peaking at the right time," said Casullo, who is in second season as Raiders coach. "We have played really well the last three weeks. You want to keep momentum going into the playoffs. We played well in all three phases of the game tonight."
Deerfield Beach (5-5) failed to capitalize on two first quarter fumble recoveries, found itself down 14-0 with 11:49 remaining in the first half and never recovered. O'Korn scored on a 13-yard run and Jonathan Boozer added an 8-yard run for a 14-0 lead.
A Deerfield Beach special team's miscue with 34.5 seconds left in the first half gave St. Thomas the ball on the Bucks' 12. The Raiders were unable to punch it in and Alex Knight converted a 20-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead.
Deerfield Beach (5-5) saw its five-game win streak come to an end with the loss. The Bucks, which finished second in the district tiebreaker on Monday to South Plantation. Deerfield Beach opens the Class 8-A regional quarterfinal playoffs at Cypress Bay next week.
Other Raiders who found the end zone were Javaris Hendricks (52 yards fumble return); Dion Collier (10-yard TD pass from Drew Domino); Gerald Lane (10 TD run).