When Ehren Wallhoff’s team left the field at NSU University School back on Oct. 12, he and his team had a terrible feeling.
What had transpired was Fort Lauderdale Westminster dropped an embarrassing 42-7 decision, and never got in the flow of the regular season matchup. It was their first loss of the year.
With the Sunshine State Athletic Association playoffs coming up, the Lions knew that they would have to return to the scene of their only loss – and this one would watch the stakes rise in a major way.
Last Thursday night – with a trip to Lakeland on the line, Westminster Academy approached the second meeting of the year in a business manner, and from the beginning, there was no doubt that this was not the same team that was completely overmatched.
From running to passing, kicking, blocking and every other facet of the game, the Lions (9-1) took care of business and came home with a convincing 41-20 win, handing the Sharks their first loss of the season.
That victory sends this team to the title game of the Sunshine State Athletic Conference title game on Saturday night at Bryant Stadium in Lakeland against 8-2 Oviedo Master’s Academy.
The win was indeed a team effort as senior QB Anthony Barbar led the way with 5 touchdowns. He was 7 of 10 for 181 yards and 4 passing touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown.
In addition, highly regarded junior WR D.J. Wimbley had 6 catches for 124 yards and 3 TDs. He also added 4 tackles on defense.
The Lions received a boost from senior RB/LB Alonso Collins, who rushed the ball 30 times for 139 yards and a touchdown. He also had a punt return for 31 yards that led to a key Lions touchdown. He also added 5 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss.
Like he has done all season, senior LB Evan Tempro led the defense with 11 tackles, 1 TFL and a PBU.
In addition to that game, the final week of the regular season stacked up like this:
Boca Raton St. Andrew’s 35, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest 0
Clearwater Calvary Christian 56, Melbourne Holy Trinity 13
Clearwater Central Catholic 34, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 14
Coconut Creek Monarch 14, Deerfield Beach 0
Coconut Creek North Broward Prep 28, Delray Beach American Heritage 21
Coral Gables 24, Southwest Miami 20
Davie Nova 75, Lake Worth Dr. Joaquin Garcia 8
Davie Western 34, Plantation 14
Hialeah 24, Miami Dr. Krop 21
Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 57, St. Petersburg Lakewood 0
Hollywood Hills 40, Oakland Park Northeast 0
Hollywood McArthur 45, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson 7
Homestead South Dade 33, Miami Southridge 30
Miami Belen Jesuit 24, Miami Immaculata LaSalle 0
Miami Coral Reef 31, Hialeah Gardens 0
Miami Edison 41, Doral Academy 14
Miami Ferguson 28, Doral Regan 0
Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace 45, Miami Lake Barbara Goleman 2
Miami Jackson 32, Miami High 24
Miami Norland 54, Miami Killian 0
Miami Palmetto 47, Miami Beach 0
Miami Sunset 37, Hialeah Miami-Lakes 6
Miami True North Classical Academy 49, Homestead Everglades Prep 0
Miami Varela 27, Miami Coral Park 20
Miami Westminster Christian 42, Somerset Silver Palms 21
Miramar 53, Hollywood South Broward 18
North Miami 34, Westland Hialeah 14
North Miami Beach 24, Hialeah American 18 (OT)
Parkland Douglas 24, Coral Springs Coral Glades 6
Pembroke Pines Flanagan 41, Hallandale 8
Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy 32, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy 0
Pembroke Pines West Broward 23, Miramar Everglades 14
Pompano Beach Blanche Ely 33, Fort Lauderdale Dillard 28
Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy 51, Key West 47
Tampa Carrollwood Day 41, Miami Gulliver Prep 14
Weston Cypress Bay 44, South Plantation 0