TAMPA — Chamberlain routed Gaither 54-6 in a Class 5A region quarterfinal Friday.
Quarterback Dontae Aycock accounted for six touchdowns (four rushing and two passing). And the Chamberlain defense limited Gaither (4-7) to 80 yards and forced three turnovers, two returned for scores.
The Chiefs, who lost to Naples 21-17 in the 2001 state final, next play Wharton.
"We're just going to take it one game at a time," Chamberlain senior center Brandon Stanley said. "We've got a pretty good O-line. We just block hard and got a good running back and quarterback that can find the hole."
Aycock rushed for 202 yards on 14 carries, including an 86-yard touchdown. Kenny Allen added 97 on 17 carries as Chamberlain (10-1) ran for 342 yards, 295 in the first half. Aycock has scored 25 touchdowns this year.
"(Aycock) is a good football player," Cowboys linebacker Josh Hurtado said. "I give him credit for everything he did. We just didn't play our assignments."
Gaither lost running back Jarvis Giles (left ankle injury) on its first play from scrimmage. And 55 of its yards came on Cary White's third-quarter touchdown run.
After taking a 33-0 halftime lead, Chamberlain's defense scored twice in the first three minutes of the third, on Chris Frierson's 23-yard fumble return and Dametrius Turner's 28-yard interception return. Anthony Williams also caught a pair of touchdowns.
In the first half, Chamberlain amassed 343 yards of offense while holding Gaither to minus-10 and one first down.