The junior season of another of Clemson's 2014 football commitments has ended with a state championship.
Running back Dalvin Cook and future ACC rival Joseph Yearby rushed for two touchdowns each to lead Miami-Central to a 37-14 victory over Gainesville in the Florida Class 6A championship game, which was played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
Cook joined fellow 2014 Clemson commitment Deshaun Watson has a state champion. Watson led Gainesville (Ga.) High to the Georgia state Class 5A title.
Yearby, a junior who is committed to FSU's 2014 class, rushed for 125 yards, while Cook rushed for 79 yards and had another 47 yards receiving.
Yearby’s first touchdown came on Central’s second possession in the first quarter — a 35-yard run on the first play of the drive to give Central a 10-0 lead. Cook found the end zone for the first time early in the second quarter and Yearby closed out the first half with a 19-yard touchdown to give Central a commanding 27-7 lead.
Gainesville (14-1) entered the game hoping to match Central’s rushing attack but outside of an 80-yard touchdown run by Ralpheal Webb in the first quarter there wasn’t much room on the ground for the Hurricanes.
Webb finished the game with 146 yards on 16 carries but Gainesville quarterback Marquis Cato struggled, going 3-of-17 for 70 yards and an interception.
Cook finished his junior season with 1,452 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns, while Yearby rushed for 1,448 yards and 20 scores.
As a sophomore in 2011, Yearby became the first underclassman in Dade history to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark with 2,160 yards and 24 touchdowns. Cook rushed for 876 yards and nine touchdowns last season as a sophomore.
Both players have contributed this season all over the field. Yearby has played quarterback and as a defensive back. Cook has started all season at safety and has returned both an interception and a fumble for a touchdown, as well as scoring on kickoff and punt returns.
The state title was the second for Miami-Central in three years.