Aquinas waves Miami Beach good bye 42-7
November 21, 2012St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Miami Beach got off to a good start, but that's where it ended as host St. Thomas Aquinas scored 42 unanswered points and won the Class 7A regional quarterfinal on Friday night.
Fred Coppet and Deltron Sands each scored two touchdowns and St. Thomas Aquinas scored twice within a 2:02 second span of the third quarter to break open a close game and rolled to a 42-7 victory at Piccolo Stadium. The Raiders will host Plantation in a regional semifinal next Friday
"That was probably the best six minutes we played all year (opening the second half)," said St. Thomas Aquinas coach Rocco Casullo, who lost to Dwyer, 6-3 in the regional final last year. "The captains got really vocal at halftime. We came out and stopped them and stopped them again. The offense got the ball and we kept scoring."
It was the 500th victory for the St. Thomas Aquinas' football program and the first victory in 46years by St. Thomas Aquinas over Miami Beach.
It was the first meeting between the two schools since 1967 when St. Thomas dropped a 29-7 decision during the regular season. The last time St. Thomas Aquinas defeated Miami Beach was on Sept. 30, 1966 when it won 13-7. St. Thomas Aquinas leads the all-time series, 4-2 dating back to 1960.
The Raiders (9-2), winners of six consecutive games, will host Plantation in the regional semifinal on Friday night. St. Thomas defeated Plantation, 24-20 in the eighth game of the season.
Miami Beach (7-4) capitalized on a Raiders' fumble on the opening kickoff and converted it into a 7-0 lead.
The Hi-Tides' Treyon Garnett recovered a fumble by Coppet on the St. Thomas Aquinas 27-yard line. Four plays later, Alonzo Foster went around right end from 5-yards out for the score with 10:47 remaining in the first quarter. From there it was all St. Thomas.
The teams combined for 29 penalties for 287 yards.