Miami Central defeats Seffner Armwood, 24-10, in Florida high school Class 6A championship

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ORLANDO, Florida — Anthony Jones rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns to help Miami Central defeat Seffner Armwood, 24-10, in the Florida high school Class 6A championship game Saturday.

Miami Central (13-1) won its third consecutive 6A championship.

Armwood (14-1) took a 10-7 lead in the third quarter when Noah Johnson connected with Darian McNeal on an 18-yard touchdown. On the next series, Central was stopped on a fake punt and Armwood took over at the Central 44-yard line but failed to score.

"We lean on our defense a lot and we knew they were going to have to make a big stop in that situation," Miami Central coach Roland Smith said. "They have been in that position before and they always come through."

Central got a 35-yard field goal from Beymar Piraquive to tie the game at 10 with 1:20 remaining in the quarter. In the fourth quarter, Jones and Cedric Miller (12 rushes, 116 yards) took over running exclusively out of the wildcat formation.

Jones rushed for a 21-yard touchdown on a 3rd and 13 to give the Rockets a 17-10 lead with 4:51 remaining. On Armwood's next series, Johnson was intercepted by Olin Cushon III. Johnson threw for 67 yards and was intercepted twice. The Hawks also lost two fumbles.

"Turnovers did us in," Armwood coach Sean Callahan said. "We knew we couldn't make those kinds of mistakes against this team and we did. That was the difference."

Jones rushed for his final touchdown, a 20-yard run, with 41 seconds left in the game.

"I knew we needed to make plays in the fourth quarter," Jones said. "That's what championship teams do. That's why we've been here so many times."

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