Palm Beach Lakes holds off McArthur on last play
In a game that featured numerous miscues from both teams, including 26 penalties, Palm Beach Lakes’ defense made a pair of defensive stops in the final three minutes, highlighted by Jeshon Ingraham’s interception in the end zone on the final play of the game as the Rams escaped with a 6-3 victory.
After McArthur missed a game-tying field goal attempt with 1:10 to play, the Mustangs’ defense forced the Rams to punt with 49 seconds to play, giving McArthur one last opportunity.
However, T.J. Smith’s desperation heave into the end zone was picked off by Ingraham, sending the Rams into the regional semifinals in a rematch against Dwyer, who defeated the Rams 41-13 in the regular season.
Palm Beach Lakes (8-3) took a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter on Kevon Purnell’s 10-yard touchdown run.
The Rams opening touchdown drive was kept alive as the Rams converted a fourth-and-18 on Jalen Hall’s scramble for 18 yards.
The Rams were driving deep inside McArthur territory looking for a second score before Hall was intercepted in the end zone by the Mustangs’ Jerrold Pough.
McArthur (9-2) converted the turnover into points as the Mustangs trimmed the Rams lead to 6-3 late in the second quarter on Quentin Quinon’s 27-yard field goal. Steve Evans Plantation swats away Piper with third-quarter plays: Plantation used two big third quarter plays to break the game open and beat Piper 23-12 in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs.
Plantation's offense struggled most of the first half until Gerard Nesbitt found Hammersham White wide open for a 60yd touchdown to give Plantation a 13-6 lead.
After a safety made it 15-6, on Piper's next possession Rahlique Grange blocked a punt to set up Kyle Walters 22yd touchdown run for a 23-6 lead.
Piper scored on the first play of the game when Jamarquez Thomas hauled in a 75yard pass from Jimpson Jean. J. Darin Darst
Palm Beach Lakes quarterback Jalen Hall tries to get away from McArthur's Kevin Knowles during the first half of their game Friday night in Hollywood.