The early blitz by the Lions came after lightning delayed kickoff by nearly an hour.
It was Chaminade-Madonna's defense that struck first when Curtis Janiver
intercepted a Dia Bell
pass on American Heritage's first possession less than three minutes into the game.
After holding American Heritage to a three-and-out on the next possession, Jeremiah Smith
almost added a second touchdown with a 70-yard punt return but a litany of flags negated the score. Undeterred, the Lions needed just eight plays to find the end zone on a 7-yard slant pass from quarterback Cedrick Bailey
to Smith, the five-star receiver and No. 2-rated player in the country.
On the next Chaminade-Madonna possession, Bailey hit Smith on a skinny post for a 20-yard score and a 21-0 lead with just under four minutes left in the first quarter.
Smith had five catches for 77 yards and two scores in the first half.
The only signs of life for American Heritage came off a Gregory Thomas
interception that turned into a 21-yard Gavin Harvey
field goal. Chaminade-Madonna led 21-3 at the half.
The Patriots came out of the locker room and cut the lead to 21-10 on a 1-yard Byron Louis
run on their first possession, using nearly half of the third quarter clock.
Chaminade-Madonna, with the 11-point lead, relied on running backs Davion Gause
, Arwin Jackson
and Jaquari Lewis
to pound the rock and kill clock in a scoring drive that straddled the third and fourth quarters. The Lions converted two fourth downs on their 17-play, 85-yard drive before finding the end zone on a 3-yard Jackson run for a 28-10 lead.
American Heritage answered with a quick drive, capped by a 2-yard Deandre Desinor
plunge and trailed 28-16 after the failed two-point conversion with six minutes remaining.
Chaminade-Madonna moves to 4-0 with all of its victories coming against teams in the top 100 nationally, including a 61-21 dismantling of Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) last week. The stakes get even bigger next week with a showdown against No. 5 Central (Miami)