ORLANDO (AP) — Emmaunel Soto hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Mike White with 2:34 left in the fourth quarter to lift University School of NSU to a 24-17 victory over Madison County in the Florida Class 3A football state championship game.
Madison County (12-2) led 17-0 midway through the second quarter after Sheddrick Williams caught a 40-yard touchdown from D.J. McKnight. University rallied to close the gap to 17-10 by halftime when Dionte Taylor caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from White.
Jordan Scarlett's touchdown run midway through the third quarter trimmed the deficit to 17-16.
Madison County had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter but facing a fourth-and-17, McKnight's pass to Neal Brown came up a yard short. It was the first title for University School (12-0) and the second consecutive loss in the finals for Madison County.
White was 21-for-31 for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Soto had five catches for 81 while Taylor had seven catches for 80 yards. Keyon Bruton rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown for Madison County while McKnight threw for 132 yards and an interception.