Jon Santucci, Palm Beach Post
FORT LAUDERDALE — With the Class 3M state championship tied at 7 at halftime, St. Thomas Aquinas senior safety King Mack told his team they needed to wake up.
Then he went out and gave them the caffeine injection it needed.
Mack, a Penn State commit, returned a punt 58 yards for a score 91 seconds into the third quarter to give the Raiders a lead that it never relinquished.
Aquinas beat Homestead 38-21 on Thursday night at DRV PNK Stadium to capture its fourth consecutive state championship, which ties the state record for consecutive championships. It’s the 14th overall state championship for Aquinas, which is a state record.
“We’ve been talking it about all year,” Mack said of Aquinas winning a fourth straight title. “Making history It’s never been done at St. Thomas. It’s a blessing. It feels great.”