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.