Mark Walton leads Miami Booker T. Washington past Jacksonville Bolles 54-35 in 4A


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ORLANDO, Florida — Mark Walton accounted for 275 total yards and four touchdowns to lead Miami Booker T. Washington to a 54-35 win against Jacksonville Bolles in the Florida high school Class 4A state championship game Saturday.

Walton, who is verbally committed to the Miami Hurricanes, rushed for 186 yards and added 89 receiving yards for the Tornadoes.

It was the third consecutive title for Booker T. Washington (13-0) — all against Bolles.

Walton's three fourth-quarter touchdowns kept the Tornadoes in front to eventually break open a game that was 26-21 going into the final stanza. He had a touchdown catch of 30 yards to give Booker T. Washington a 33-21 lead and his 45-yard TD catch with less than four minutes remaining in the game gave the Tornadoes a 47-28 advantage.

Booker T. Washington's Maurice Alexander was 15 of 20 for 331 yards and four touchdowns. Vaquan Smalls had five receptions for 154 yards and two scores.

Joe Edden threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns for Bolles (10-3) but also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. Christian Bermudez had 99 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs.

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