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The Booker T. Washington Tornadoes pummeled the Miami Edison Red Raiders in a 53-0 district win last Thursday night at Curtis Park.
The Red Raiders (0-3), who were hopeful to compete against the nationally ranked Class 4A state runner-ups, were met by the Tornadoes’ nearly perfect offense and aggressive defense.
Despite the Tornado’s now 4-1 record, Red Raiders’ head coach, Trevor Harris, believed his team was prepared for an all out battle.
“We understand and respect our opponents, but [we were] preparing to win this game,” Harris said. “These are the types of games we want to play in. We’ve been in these situations before.”
Harris referred to winning a jamboree during the spring against Coral Reef and Coral Gables, two teams that were projected to defeat the Red Raiders.
Unfortunately, that outcome was not to be against the Tornadoes, who delivered Edison their second shutout of the season. In the last nine seasons, Booker T. has won all nine meetings with the Red Raiders, including four shutout losses, the largest by 60.
BTW’s junior quarterback, Treon Harris, perfectly threw eight completions for 200 yards, amassing almost half of the Tornadoes’ total offensive yards. Harris connected with senior receiver Nicolas Norris on a 54-yard pass-his longest of the night, with junior receiver Deltron Hopkins on a 14-yard pass, and junior receiver, Lamar Parker on a 42-yard pass. Parker finished with 122 yards and two touchdowns.
“I’m really proud of him,” said Tim “Ice” Harris, Booker T. head coach and father of Treon Harris. “He’s maturing well at that position and is starting to understand the high percentage part of the game.”
The Tornadoes scored 39 points in the first half and early in the third, subbed in sophomore quarterback, Malik Atkins, for Harris. Atkins threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver, Karim Bryant, to close the third.
Booker T. heads into a bi-week, where Harris said they will not be on the field for three days, but focus on study hall, film, and weights.
“We will focus on what’s important, but keep that same intensity,” Harris said.
Next, Edison faces district rival Doral Academy (2-3) at Doral, Friday, October 5th, at 7 p.m.
Booker T. will face Jackson in two weeks.
By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer