Broward edges Palm Beach in football all-star game
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The trophy is staying put for another year.
American Heritage-Plantation's Nikko Armiento drilled a 24-yard field goal with a little more than a minute remaining to lead Broward to an 11-10 victory over Palm Beach in the eighth annual Under Armour Broward-Beach Bowl at American Heritage High School.
The kick - the first career field goal by the Patriots senior punter - capped off a whirlwind finish that saw Broward County score all of its points in the game's final three minutes to capture the trophy for the second consecutive year.
The game featured private schools from Palm Beach County, which represented the North, and Broward schools represented the South.
"I'm not even a kicker," said Armiento, who was named the South's MVP. "It was actually my first ever field goal try and I made it to win the game. It's great to finish a season that way."
Palm Beach County carried a 10-0 advantage into the fourth quarter behind a 9-yard run by American Heritage's Edwin Thomas - who was chosen as the North team MVP - and a 19-yard field goal by Stallions teammate Edwin Geraldo-Cordero.
A 55-yard punt return by American Heritage-Plantation senior Greg Mabin led to a 1-yard plunge by Chaminade-Madonna tailback Jaquan Dorett. The two-point conversion was good, and the South found itself within two points with less than two minutes to play.
Broward executed a successful onside kick and drove inside the North 10 to set up the game-winning kick.
With the victory, the South leads the series 6-2.