In Friday’s 7A football state championship, the Dreadnaughts’ reliance on running back Demarkus Bowman plays into St. Thomas Aquinas’ hands, “as the Raiders are awfully good at shutting down one-dimensional teams who lean on one player,” Miami sportswriter Bill Daley says. He predicts the Fort Lauderdale will take their 11th state title with a 35-17 victory.

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