ORLANDO — Apopka's Rakeem Smith intercepted a pass with 26 seconds left to preserve a 53-50 victory over Weston Cypress Bay in the Class 8A football title game Saturday night.
After Chandler Cox's third touchdown run put Apopka (13-2) back in front, Cypress Bay (12-3) drove inside the Apopka 30, but Smith picked off Jaranta Lewis (12-for-19 for 244 yards, three TDs) and Apopka ran out the clock.
Apopka was led by Zack Darlington's 254 yards passing (two TDs) and 125 yards rushing (one TD). Kevin Smith caught five passes for 108 yards.
Cypress Bay got 170 yards and four touchdowns from running back Matt Dayes.
6A: Miami Central coasts past Gainesville
ORLANDO — Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook rushed for two touchdowns each as Miami Central defeated Gainesville 37-14.
Miami Central (12-2) won its second state championship in the last three seasons behind 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 with 146 yards on 16 carries but Gainesville quarterback Marquis Cato struggled, going 3-of-17 for 70 yards and an interception.