St. Thomas Aquinas and Booker T. Washington lining up for the coin toss on Friday night. Photo Courtesy of Brandon Odoi, Staff

Originally published on USA TODAY High School Sports

FORT LAUDERDALE – The Booker T. Washington Tornadoes’ 41-game win streak is over.

And it figures that Fort Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas was the team big enough, fast enough and skilled enough to end the Tornadoes’ impressive run.


BTW, a Miami power which has won three straight Class 4A state titles, lost 35-3 on Friday night to host Aquinas, the defending Class 7A state champs, in the first game of the GEICO ESPN High School Kickoff.

Aquinas intercepted three passes in the first half, when it raced to a 21-0 lead, and BTW never got in the game.

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Aquinas quarterback Jake Allen, a Florida commit, threw four touchdowns covering 20, 30, 23 and 32 yards. Two of those — for 32 and 20 — went to Miami commit Sam Bruce.

Part of the strong defensive effort was lineman Nick Bosa, an Ohio State commit. He left the game in the fourth quarter with cramping in his hamstrings and calf muscles.

“I just have to get used to the game speed again,” Bosa told USA TODAY High School Sports.

The Tornadoes fell one win short of the Florida record for longest win streak, but the loss was understandable given that Aquinas, which has won three state titles in the past five years, is ranked No. 5 in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 poll.

BTW is unranked and played Friday’s game before a packed crowd estimated at 6,500 fans along with the national television audience.

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