St. Thomas Aquinas won its 11th Florida state championship Saturday.
The Raiders (14-0) from Fort Lauderdale rallied to beat Edgewater of Orlando 28-23 at Daytona Beach for the 7A title, according to the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida.
The result is significant for Saint Louis (12-0). It’s not official yet, but the Open Division Hawaii state champion Crusaders are expected to play in the GEICO State Champions Bowl on either Dec. 20 or 21. Saint Louis coach Cal Lee previously said it was the Raiders who the Crusaders would be playing if they won Saturday’s game.
St. Thomas Aquinas trailed 14-0 early and 14-7 at halftime before rallying back.
The Raiders are No. 5 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national rankings and No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25. The Crusaders are No. 7 in MaxPreps and No. 6 in USA Today.
Lee is in the middle of getting Saint Louis ready for the trip and the game that the Hawaii football fraternity will be keenly interested in.
“There’s reservations, scheduling the practice facilities, housing, meals for (about) 90 kids,” Lee said.
Asked if he is out to raise the national flag a little higher for all of Hawaii, Lee said, “We’re sure going to try. They (the Raiders) are a good football team. The competition is definitely there. It will be a good test for the both of us. We’ll be finding out how good we are.”