FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — A stunner indeed.
The Miramar Patriots rallied to beat the nationally-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders on Friday night at Brian Piccolo Stadium, which saw over 5,000 fans attend the game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.
The Patriots trailed 10-0 and 20-13 to the Raiders, who are ranked as high as No. 3 in the country. But a booming punt, followed by a safety and a 3-yard TD run from senior back Cameron Rigby in the fourth quarter gave the Patriots the lead for good. Then the defense, which was dominant all night, sacked senior quarterback Wade Freeback for the fifth time to end any hope of a Raiders’ comeback.
Miramar has now won three straight in the series. Senior Eric Pittman ran for 89 yards and was named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player. Senior quarterback Nick Jeanty added 118 yards through the air and ran for a TD.
Freeback, a Pitt commit, threw for 193 yards and a score for St. Thomas Aquinas, which was coming off a win over defending national champion John Curtis.
Miramar (3-0) is at Western next Friday night, while St. Thomas Aquinas (3-1) hosts Nova the same night.
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