The only thing Cameron Dantzler didn’t do was drive the bus home after a victory for St. Thomas Aquinas.
The junior quarterback for the Falcons threw for 176 yards, rushed for 199 while being involved in five touchdowns and forced a fumble on defense in a 42-21 victory over Northlake Christian on Friday night.
No. 9 St. Thomas Aquinas (6-1, 4-0) is in control in District 7-2A as it snapped the seventh-ranked Wolverines’ (6-1, 2-1) 17-game regular season winning streak dating to 2012.
Dantzler got St. Thomas Aquinas on the scoreboard two plays into the game when he connected with Mason Miller for a 64-yard touchdown pass to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead.
Touchdown runs of 5 yards and a yard by Dantzler finished out the scoring for the Falcons, who were up 21-7 after the first 12 minutes.
“Coming into this game, I really thought we had the chance to break off a lot of big plays,” Dantzler said. “You have to give all the credit in the world to the offensive line. They literally were perfect out there tonight. The holes they opened up were huge, and they led me to the promised land. I give it all to them.”
Dantzler wasn’t the only big-play threat for St. Thomas Aquinas against the Wolverines, as freshman tailback Brad Lewis scored on a 47-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter to make it 28-7. A brilliant 71-yard touchdown run by Dantzler — his third of the first half — finished out the scoring at the half for the Falcons.
“I played well tonight, I will admit,” Dantzler said. “But I couldn’t have done any of it without the other guys out on the field when I was on offense and defense. It was a complete team effort. Now we are in the driver’s seat in district. We came out to play tonight and wanted this game bad. I’m really happy we were able to come away victorious.”
Falcons coach John White said his quarterback continues to show why he is one of the best in the area.
“Good win,” White said. “Big win. You can use a lot of adjectives to describe this one. We played well. Cameron has played well all year, and tonight was no exception, particularly in the first half. His big plays on both sides of the ball were the difference in the ball game.”
Northlake Christian got the lone touchdown of the third quarter when Miguel Black scored from 4 yards out to cut the lead to 35-21.
The leading rusher for the Wolverines, Black finished the game with 142 yards on 22 carries with a pair of touchdowns.
Wolverines coach Anthony Agresta credited St. Thomas Aquinas for doing what was necessary to come away with the victory.
“Early in the game we just had way too many coverage breakdowns,” he said. “They didn’t do anything we hadn’t seen before. Hats off to them, they deserved to win the football game tonight. Turnovers were key for us tonight. They killed a couple of big drives. At the end of the day, STA made plays when they had to and we did not.