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No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) trailed the entire game until a pair of late fourth-quarter touchdowns propelled the Raiders to a 36-28 victory against Hallandale in a matchup of unbeatens.
With just four minutes remaining, Jake Allen and Trevon Grimes hooked up on a 33-yard score to take a 29-28 lead, the first time the Raiders had led all game. After forcing Hallandale to turn the ball over on downs, Jaxson Kincaide sealed the deal with a 35-yard touchdown run for the Raiders (5-0). Hallandale was intercepted on a desperation heave in the final moments.
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Aquinas’ James McCourt connected on field goals of 40 and 48 yards to keep the Raiders on the board as the offense struggled at times.
Utah commit and Hallandale QB Tyler Huntley threw for nearly 500 yards in the close loss.
In the history between the schools, Hallandale trailed the series 2-13 and had been outscored 534-80 entering the game, according to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
While it got closer, Hallandale — the top-ranked team in Florida’s 5A — likely takes little consolation in the loss. The team looks to get back on track next week against Jackson (Miami).
Aquinas has a bye week before visiting Deerfield Beach on Oct. 9.