ORANGE PARK — Rutherford rebounded from its lone defeat of the season by downing St. Augustine 56-45 on Saturday in boys high school basketball.
Lorenzo Ferrell had 18 points to lead the Rams, 7-1. Quiberon Jones added 13 and Charlie Thomas 10.
Rutherford will play at Cross Roads Academy on Tuesday.
Miami Carol City 14, Lakeland Lake Gibson 6.
ORLANDO) — Sophomore Nayquan Wright scored two touchdowns in the second half and Miami Carol City defeated Lakeland Lake Gibson for the Florida Class 6A football championship.
The Chiefs (11-3) held previously undefeated Lake Gibson to 89 total yards and five first downs.
Wright dove over from the 1-yard line for the game’s first score with 5:37 left in the third quarter. It was set up by his 51-yard run on the preceding play. His second touchdown run put Carol City up 14-0 on the second play of the fourth quarter.
Lake Gibson (13-1) scored on Kevaris Thomas’ 20-yard pass to Mytrevious Link with six minutes remaining after the Braves recovered a fumble on the Carol City 18.
It was Carol City’s first 6A state championship since 2003 when 6A was the largest of Florida’s classifications.
Aquinas 45, Plant 6
ORLANDO — St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale easily won the Class 7A state championship on Friday night.
Behind five touchdown passes from Jake Allen, three to Mike Harley, the Raiders won their third straight state title by handing Plant (13-1) its first loss of the season at Camping World Stadium.
In improving to 12-2 overall, St. Thomas Aquinas becames just the second team in Florida prep history to win at least 10 state championships. Only Bolles has won more FHSAA football titles than the Raiders. Bolles’ quest for title No. 12 came up 14 points short on Thursday against Cocoa in the 4A final.
The Raiders took control early behind the passing of Florida-bound Allen, who threw touchdown passes to three different receivers en route to a 31-6 halftime lead.