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Aquinas rolls past Plantation 38-7 in 7A regional

November 24, 2012
St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Fred Coppet ran for two first half touchdowns and the St. Thomas Aquinas defense turned in a stellar performance as the host Raiders rolled to a 38-7 victory over Plantation in the Class 7A regional semifinal at Brian Piccolo Stadium on Friday night.

St. Thomas Aquinas caught the first break on the third play of the game when Plantation quarterback Chris Lammons was tackled by Scott Northcutt and Peter Nicoletto and fumbled the ball. The Raiders' James Crawford recovered and carried it 19 yards to the Colonels' 1-yard line, where Coppet took it in one play later for a 7-0 lead.

St. Thomas Aquinas struck again on its second possession as John O'Korn found Mark Barr on a 48-yard scoring pass for a 14-0 lead, and made it 16-0 when Plantation punter De'Yonte Davis was forced out of the end zone for a safety with 5:10 remaining.

The Raiders extended the lead to 28-0 in the second quarter on an 8-yard scoring run by Coppet; a safety when Lemmons was sacked for a safety by Joey Bosa, and Alex Knight's 40-yard field goal for a 28-0.

The victory was costly for the Raiders, who lost star defensive end Joey Bosa to a flagrant foul with 5:09 remaining in the game.

"(The referee) didn't give the ejection sign," said St. Thomas Aquinas coach Rocco Casullo, Raiders (10-2) will host the Boyd Anderson in the regional final on Friday night. "Games like this get a little chippy and I didn't see what he did, we'll look at the film and I will see what he did."

Plantation (8-4) did manage to score before the end of the first half when Sojourn Shelton returned a punt 55 yards for a score with 1:52 remaining in the first half to cut the lead to 28-7.

St. Thomas Aquinas took the second half kickoff and marched 69 yards in 9 plays and went to 35-7 on a 1-yard keeper by O'Korn. Knight added a 30-yard field goal for the final margin.

"We got off to a disastrous start and you just can't do that against St. Thomas," said Plantation coach Steve Davis, whose team was making its first postseason appearance since 2009 when it lost to Miramar in the regional semifinal. "It was tough for us to stop the bleeding and we were playing uphill the whole game."

In the first meeting between the teams, Plantation ran for 275 yards, however it could only muster 3 total yards in the first half and just 86 for the game. St. Thomas Aquinas also forced two safeties in the game.

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