Atlantic, down five at halftime, overtakes Plantation in regional 3-3M football quarterfinal – Sun Sentinel

Delray Beach – Atlantic erased a five-point halftime deficit and scored an unanswered 27 points with an impressive performance on defense as the host Eagles pulled out late in the fourth for a 34-12 victory against Plantation in a Class 3M regional quarterfinal on Monday night.

The Atlantic (8-3) qualifies for the 3M class regional semi-final and will play in Saint-Thomas d’Aquin on Friday.

Plantation (7-4) had a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 12-7 advantage at halftime. Atlantic held Plantation scoreless in the second half and the Eagles also scored two defensive goals.

“We were crazy in the first half and didn’t line up properly,” Atlantic coach Jamael Stewart said. “I just told them that if we line up properly and go out and execute, everything else will be fine and we’ll come out on top and that’s what they did.”

Atlantic senior running back Jovante Pierre-Louis rushed for a 6-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.

The Eagles offense intensified late in the fourth. Atlantic second-year quarterback Lincoln Graf connected with second-year wide receiver Kamare Williams for a 33-yard gain at the Colonels 4-yard line. Junior Jayden Parrish blasted his way in for a 4-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 20-12 with 4:00 to play.

The Eagles defense created a big turnover as junior Devon Byrd recorded his second interception of the game and got a 25-yard return for a score. Graf threw a two-point conversion pass to senior Mi’kel Hendrix to make it 28-12 with 3:30 to go.

Junior Tyrique Hollis had an interception return for a touchdown on the last play of the game.

“We will bend, but we will not break,” Stewart said. “Our children have been facing adversity since the summer. These children are still fighting constantly.

Graf passed for 232 yards and rushed for 36 yards in the win. Williams had four catches for 112 yards to lead the Eagles offense.

“Our team had to dig deep,” Graf said. “Our defense and our O-line have really stepped up. The running game set up the big plays and we made field plays. It feels good and it shows that you can go through adversity. We must continue to fight. »

The Eagles were unable to convert fourth and sixth to the Colonels 44 on the contest opener.

The Colonels marched to the Eagles 10 on the ensuing drive. Byrd stepped up with an interception in the end zone to keep the game scoreless.

The Eagles missed a chance in the first quarter as junior running back Da’marion Alberic had a 50-yard touchdown down the right sideline disallowed after a penalty hold.

The Colonels offense made a big play in the next series as senior quarterback Amer Ellis connected with junior wide receiver Chad Braddy in midfield and he ran for a 62-yard touchdown for take it to 6-0.

The Eagles offense responded behind solid running play with Alberic and Pierre-Louis. Alberic rushed down the middle for a 2-yard score and the Eagles took a 7-6 lead with 11:52 left in the second quarter.

“These boys ran the ball really well,” Stewart said. “It was a nice 1-2 punch. It really opened things up on the outside for the passing game.

The colonels were able to respond at the end of the first half. Ellis rolled over and threw a 7-yard pass to junior running back Reginald Johnson to make it 12-7 with 1:28 left in second.

Graf connected with Kamare Williams for a 44-yard pass on the next series. Graf rushed for a 20-yard gain on the final play of the first half when he was stopped short of the end zone at 5.

The Colonels trailed 13-12 on fourth down and couldn’t convert on fourth down after an incomplete pass to the Eagles 28.

The Eagles converted to fourth-and-inches from their own 38 with a long run through midfield, but the Colonels were able to force a fumble on the play and recovered at their own 30.

The Eagles defensive line, led by Hendrix and Damauri Thompson, strengthened to hold off the Colonels in the fourth.

Ellis passed for 125 yards and rushed for 86 yards in the loss.

“They kind of stalled us a bit in the third quarter,” Plantation coach Steve Davis said. “Atlantic got those big plays and that kind of opened up the game. We didn’t respond well to that. Every time you lose in the playoffs, it’s hard and also for the seniors. It’s a game we’re going to learn from and we can use it as motivation in the offseason.

Atlantic, the No. 4 seed in the group, had won the District 9 title and four straight games to close out the regular season. Plantation, the District 12 champion, entered the playoffs as the No. 5 seed.

Atlantic also defeated Plantation 44-6 to claim the Class 7A Gold Tri-County Championship in 2020.

The Atlantic lost 43-7 to St. Thomas d’Aquin in last year’s playoffs in the first round.

Regional quarter-final results

The seed precedes the name of the school

Monday

3-4M

1. Palm Beach Central 46, 8. Jupiter 7

5. Stoneman Douglas 48, 4. Santaluces 44

2. Monarch 56, 7. Boca Raton 21 (4th Q)

3. Palm Beach Gardens 30, 6. Wellington 13

3-3M

4. Atlantic 34, 5. Plantation 12

3. Blanche Ely 28, 6. Dwyer 0

3-2M

4. Boynton Beach 29, 5. King’s Academy 26

1. American Heritage 43, 8. Inlet Grove 7

Friday

4-4M

4. Miami Palmetto 37, 5. West Broward 13

2. West 38, 7. Cypress Bay 17

3. Doral Academy 50, 6. Somerset Academy 25

4-3M

2. Miramar 48, 7. Pembroke Pine Charter 0

3-3M

1. St. Thomas Aquinas 59, 8. Coconut Creek 14

2. Dillard 45, 7. Fort Lauderdale 20

3-2M

2. Cardinal Gibbons 45, 7. Pine Crest 0

3. Calvary Christian 49, 6. St. Andrew’s 34

Saturday

4-3M

3. Miami Southridge 20, 6. South Broward 14

Regional semi-final schedule

Matches at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 18, unless otherwise indicated

4-4M

3. Doral Academy at 2. Western

3-4M

5. Stoneman Douglas at 1. Palm Beach Central

3. Palm Beach Gardens at 2. Monarch

4-3M

3. Miami Southridge to 2. Miramar

3-3M

4. Atlantic to 1. Saint Thomas Aquinas

3. Blanche Ely to 2. Dillard, TBA

3-2M

4. Boynton Beach at 1. American Heritage, TBA

3. Christian Calvary at 2. Cardinal Gibbons

3-1M

4. Avant Garde at 1. Chaminade-Madonna

3. Benjamin to 2. Cardinal Newman

4-1R

3. Chiefdom in 2. Pahokee

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