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December 7, 2012
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ORLANDO - University Christian QB Tim Betros knows a few things about winning rings for a Duval County Private School. Betros was last year's 4A MVP for Jacksonville Bolles.
He shared that knowledge with all of his teammates after guiding them to 22 unanswered points in the second half - on the way to a 28-10 win to become the Class 2A State Champions.
UC was able to get things going in the second half following an extremely sluggish first 2 periods managing just 72 yards on 18 carries as a team.
That changed in the second half on two rushes starting with Fr. RB Hussein Howe's man-sized run from 26 yards away to put the fighting Christians in the lead 14-10 with time expiring in the 3rd Quarter.
Following a 3-and-out forced by the UC Defense, Richmond-bound SR RB Jeremiah Hamlin took the handoff from Betros off the right C-gap for 83yards and a TD that would be one of the final blows on the afternoon for Dade Christian.
Betros' 5yd run with 0:36 left in the game put the final nail in the Crusaders coffin. This makes back to back state championships for the UC Quarterback. Betros was the starting wing back on the Bolles team that upset Booker T. Washington in the 4A Finals in 2011.
"Bringing UC [University Christian] back and putting UC on the map just feels great," Betros said. "It's amazing. I was in the school from the 5th-8th grade and I always loved the school; it meant so much to me, so it was easy for me to come and join my brother and help this team reach the top."
Things were a little dicey for his team as they were having the same issues on offense that his Bolles team experienced before pulling things together.
"There wasn't a whole lot going on out there (on offense) like last year," Betros added. "We just kept grinding and chipping away and figured something good would happen if we kept doing that. What a way for the season end two years in a row; couldn't think of two better games to finish seasons with."
Hamlin finished the game with 118 yards on just 7 carries and the TD.
As Betros paused one last time before getting in line to receive his championship medal, he had one more though about what this game meant beyond the hash marks for his team which finishes the 2012 campaign at 13-1.
"UC back on the map and Duval [County] has so much talent, everywhere you go in that area there's division one talent and teams that can play and beat anybody in the state," Betros said. "We were just the example of that today even though UC's been down a little bit since the 80's and 90's, but we're back on the map."