Broome gave defending 3A champion South Pointe everything it wanted on Friday but couldn’t quite muster enough for the upset in a 54-21 Region III-3A loss on Friday.
South Pointe (8-1, 4-0) scored 27 second half points to pull away in a game that was back-and-forth until a few key plays in the third quarter.
“I’m proud of the team,” Broome coach Jet Turner said. “Those guys are so explosive. They have Division I athletes all over the field, and our guys blocked well and ran hard the whole night. The scoreboard doesn’t always tell the whole story.”
The Centurions (3-6, 1-3) trailed 20-14 at halftime, and the Stallions scored first to open the third quarter, making it 27-14.
Broome’s Jarius Jeter then took the handoff on the next play and scampered 80 yards for a touchdown, cutting the lead to six.
Broome then opted for its second onside kick attempt of the game, and the ball appeared to go 10 yards before Broome recovered , but officials ruled otherwise.
“We needed two onside kicks to go our way,” Turner said. “They both went 9-and-a-half yards apparently.”
South Pointe quarterback Greg Ruff scored on a 50-yard scamper three plays later, making it 34-21, and a Broome fumble on the next serieslead to another score.
Jeter had 116 yards on 16 carries, and D’Marco Jackson had 22 carries for 143 yards and two first half touchdowns for the Centurions.
With Broome down 13-0 late in the first quarter, Jackson scored on a 47-yard touchdown run down the far sideline. The Centurions nearly recovered the onside kick but officials ruled a Broome player touched the ball before 10 yards.
South Pointe answered with a 6-play drive to end the first quarter and faced third-and-12 following a Damien Farr sack. But on the first play of the second quarter, Ruff threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Nick McCloud for make it 20-7.
Broome drove 65 yards on 13 plays on its next drive, capped by Jackson’s 2-yard run.