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TAMPA — Carrollwood Day senior tailback Robert Davis became the all-time Hillsborough County rushing leader Friday, and the Patriots came away with a 24-12 Class 2A region semifinal victory over Moore Haven in their first trip to the playoffs.
The Terriers’ jet-sweep rushing game gave the Patriots (10-1) fits in the early going. Sixth-grader Barrion Cohens gained 50 yards on his first two carries. And CDS gave up an 83-yard touchdown over the middle to junior Darrion Cohens to tie the score at six in the second quarter.
The CDS defense answered the bell the rest of the way.
On the first five offensive possessions of the second half, the Terriers went minus-1 yard, minus-2 yards, minus-5 yards, 5 yards and 6 yards. The Terriers scored on a short field on their final possession with just over a minute to play.
“That was the best defense CDS has ever played,” coach Lane McLaughlin said. “We have never been more prepared for a game.”
Davis was electric in a game where he knew he had a chance to capture the rushing title.
“At one point I came in and sat down on the bench, my dad told me I only needed 40 more yards,” said Davis, who surpassed the mark of 5,320 set by Riverview’s Avious Steadman 11 years ago. “That was the greatest feeling ever.”
Davis broke the record in the first half, en route to a 31-carry, 232-yard performance. At least half of Davis’ carries went for first downs.
The Patriots rushed 54 times for 243 yards and only attempted 11 passes.
“We knew we would wear them down,” McLaughlin said. “We’re gonna be practicing on Thanksgiving.”