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Dillard entered Friday’s road game against St. Thomas Aquinas with an unblemished record this season. The Panthers had not lost since falling in the playoffs in 2019.

St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Zion Turner is tackled by Dillard’s Jaylin Coleman during their game on Friday. Turner and the Raiders picked up a 23-13 win over the Panthers. © Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Zion Turner is tackled by Dillard’s Jaylin Coleman during their game on Friday. Turner and the Raiders picked up a 23-13 win over the Panthers.

Hoping to keep that streak alive, Dillard lined up for a 24-yard, game-tying field goal with 3:29 left in the fourth quarter. The Panthers snapped the ball, but junior defensive back King Mack blocked the kick. Another junior defensive back, Conrad Hussey, grabbed the ball and took it about 90 yards to the end zone.

“I just saw the ball and I took off,” Hussey said.

Instead of Dillard tying the game late in the fourth quarter, St. Thomas took a 23-13 lead. An interception by Hussey on Dillard’s next drive made that the final score in front of a full stadium in Fort Lauderdale. The win sealed the District 14-7A title for St. Thomas.

“You want to play competitive games, especially when they’re local,” Raiders coach Roger Harriott said. “When I was here at St. Thomas in high school, our strongest foe was Dillard. It’s nice to see them playing extremely hard, and I know the coaches are going to do a good job of keeping their spirits up and getting them ready for the next game.”

Dillard came out strong to start the game. The Panthers drove down the field and scored on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Armani Norcius to Edward Louis.

“They came out firing, [since] this is the district championship,” St. Thomas Aquinas running back Anthony Hankerson said. “We just came back. ... We didn’t get down on ourselves at all. We came back and fought adversity.”


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