ATLANTA — Khaliel Spearman paced Rutherford with 21 points, as the Rams finished the Georgia-Florida Shootout with a 54-53 prep boys basketball win over host Tri-Cities on Saturday.
Spearman led the rally for the Rams, who trailed by three at the end of three quarters. Rutherford (10-0) held a four-point lead late, endured a 3-pointer and hung on for the victory.
Dave Steele added nine points for the Rams, who are at Gulf Breeze on Tuesday.
North Florida Christian 58, Arnold 53
TALLAHASSEE— Rob Davison scored 18 points in defeat, while Cameron Britton added 11 points and Devon Stewart eight for the Marlins (2-6). Arnold won the JV game 62-40. Ryan Thomas scored 19, Tyler Minchew 15 and Cody Saunders 11 for the Marlins (4-4).
Arnoldis at Bay on Tuesday.
WestGadsden56, Port St. Joe 38
PORT ST. JOE — Marcel Johnson scored 10 points for the Tiger Sharks (5-3, 3-2 District 4-1A), who are at Wewahitchka on Tuesday.
Port St. Joe 8, Freeport 3
FREEPORT— Marcel Duarte and Javarri Beachum each scored three goals for Port St. Joe in the rout. Daniel Jones and Jacob Lacour each scored a goal, while Beachum (two), Duarte, Drew Lacour (two), Jacob Lacour and Justin Hites turned in assists. Tucker Smith had four saves and Beachum two in goal for the Tiger Sharks (7-1-1, 5-0-1, District 1-1A), who host North Bay Haven on Tuesday.
Port St. Joe 8, Freeport 0
FREEPORT— Kathleen Rish led the way with three goals, while Allie Strippling, Cailyn Laplante, Lexie McGhee, Loren Costin and Christian Laine scored once each. Cat Robles had two assists and McGhee, Laine, Hayley Wood and Brittany Shoemaker had one apiece. Laine and Celeste Childs stopped one shot each for Port St. Joe (5-3-1, 3-2-1 District 1-1A), which plays North Bay Haven on Tuesday.
MiamiCentral 37, Gainesville 14
ORLANDO (AP) — Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook rushed for two touchdowns apiece as Miami Central defeated Gainesville 37-14 in the Florida Class 6A state championship game on Saturday.
Miami Central (12-2) won its second state championship in the last three seasons behind the legs of Yearby, who rushed for 125 yards, and Cook, who added 79 yards and 47 yards receiving. Emilio Nadelman added three field goals.
Yearby’s first touchdown came on Central’s second possession in the first quarter — a 35-yard run on the first play of the drive to give Central a 10-0 lead. Cook found the end zone for the first time early in the second quarter and Yearby closed out the first half with a 19-yard touchdown to give Central a commanding 27-7 lead.
Gainesville (14-1) entered the game hoping to match Central’s rushing attack but outside of an 80-yard touchdown run by Ralpheal Webb in the first quarter there wasn’t much room on the ground for the Hurricanes.
Webb finished the game with 146 yards on 16 carries but Gainesville quarterback Marquis Cato struggled, going 3-of-17 for 70 yards and an interception.