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BTW one game away from state championship game

Routs University School 45-17

Akilah Laster | 11/28/2013, 9 a.m.
UM commit Chad Thomas takes a knee before game vs University School. Photo by Akilah Laster

A Booker T. Washington Nike t-shirt reads “Believe the Hype” and last Friday night at Nova High School, the Tornadoes turned the University School Suns into believers in a 45-17 win.

Heading into the Class 4A regional final the Tornadoes and the Suns were both nationally-ranked teams according to maxpreps.com with Booker T. undisputedly at number one. However, by the end of the night, the 2012 Class 3A state champion [the Suns] understood just how Booker T. had won its last 24 games.

While national rankings have no bearings on winning a state championship, it’s hard to believe that Booker T., who has not lost a game since last September, will fall anywhere short of doing just that — winning it all.

The Suns gave their opponent a decent effort, earning 295 passing yards at the hands of senior quarterback Sean White. But as most teams find out, it takes a balanced if not nearly perfect game to dismantle the Tornadoes.

Only allowing the Suns 37-rushing yards and three first half points, Booker T.’s defense ignited the offense to a 28-point scoring frenzy. Treon Harris played miraculously despite an obvious leg injury and finished with 411 total offensive yards (277-passing, 142-rushing) and six touchdowns.

Harris completed 12-of-18 passes with one interception.

Booker T. will face Cocoa High School in the state semifinal for the third consecutive year on Black Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Traz Powell.

The Tornados have won the first two meetings, outscoring the Tigers 61-27.

If history is any indicator then the Tornados will be heading to Orlando in one short week.