#13 St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) overcomes to beat Miramar (FL)

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by Jeff Fisher

St. Thomas Aquinas RaidersThe odds were against #13 St. Thomas Aquinas coming into Saturday’s game against Miramar.

First, the Raiders (2-1) were without their starting quarterback and three defensive players. Then there was the fact that the Raiders were probably still recovering from last week’s 24-7 manhandling by New Jersey’s Don Bosco Prep.  Third, Miramar (2-2) brought a three-game win streak against the Raiders into the game.  Finally, on the field, the Raiders trailed 12-7 with eight minutes to go in to game.

However, none of that matter as the Raiders scored 13 unanswered point down the stretch to win 20-12.

Junior Blake Dever started at quarterback in place of injured Jake Rizzo, which led to the Raiders using a conservative offensive attack. Dever only threw three passes in the game.

Miramar has now blown second half leads twice this year. Against Plantation’s American Heritage, Miramar lost a 16 point lead in a 30-26 loss.

The game winning touchdown was set-up by one of two blocked punts that the Raiders recorded on the night. In three games, St. Thomas Aquinas has blocked three punts.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.