American Heritage (Delray Beach, Fla.)
ended University's season in 2011. Jordan Scarlett
wasn't about to let history repeat itself on Friday night.
The sophomore running back rushed for three touchdowns to propel University to an impressive 34-17 victory over previously-unbeaten American Heritage in the Class 3A playoffs.
An 85-yard touchdown pass opened up the scoring for American Heritage early in the first.
University answered when Scarlett plunged into the end zone from a yard out to knot the score at 7-7.
With time winding down in the first quarter University took its first lead, courtesy of a Andrew DiRocco
26-yard field goal to make it 10-7.
Senior quarterback Marcus Davis
responded for American Heritage in the form of a 6-yard touchdown run, allowing American Heritage to regain the lead 14-10.
Following a missed field goal by DiRocco, University found a different way to score, capitalizing on a botched snap by American Heritage to register a safety with five minutes left in the second quarter.
American Heritage settled for a field goal after driving down to University 1-yard line to make it 17-12 at the half.
In the third quarter, Scarlett struck again, this time on a 50-yard score to give University the lead once more, 20-17.
With less than three minutes left in the third, Scarlett gave University some more breathing room with a 10-yard score, as the Suns went up 27-17.
An interception returned for a touchdown by Skai Moore
sealed the win for University, which advances in the Class 3A bracket to take on Clearwater Central Catholic.
University is now 10-0 on the season and has outscored opponents 428-84.