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The historical battle of southern Dade schools Killian and Southridge was didn’t live up to the hype as Killian swept through the Spartans 27-13 to remain
undefeated last Saturday night at Harris Field (Homestead). Southridge (1-3), known for its tough play, boisterous alumnus and legendary coach, Lamont Green, was stalled by the running game of the Cougars (4-0).
The Cougars’ ground game, piloted by the talent of sophomore Jaquan Johnson, amassed 212 yards. Johnson led with 94 yards on 11 carries, including a 55-yard touchdown midway through the third to put the Cougars ahead 27-0. Senior halfbacks Harry Jones and Miguel Andrillon added 114 yards between them.
“Our running has been stagnant the last couple of games,” said Cory Johnson, Killian head coach and alumnus. “But this was a good game to get it back on track.”
The Spartans had several opportunities to get on the board, including a wide open pass to sophomore tight-end, Devonaire Scott, that was dropped and would have likely led to a touchdown late in the third.
Killian’s defense held the Spartans under 200 total offensive yards and Spartans quarterback, Troy Cook, to five completions for 20 yards deep into the fourth quarter.
Southridge, however, played until the end, and stopped what would have been Killian’s third shutout game of the season, with a touchdown off of a punt block by safety Harry Davis with 13 seconds left in the third.
And as Killian’s victory was definite their defense eased up allowing another touchdown with 13 seconds left in the game off of a 26-yard pass and catch from Cook to Jamal Dorvilier.
The last-ditch effort may have boosted morale, but would be moot in the outcome. Johnson said that he would talk to his team about finishing strong, but tipped his hat to Green and his coaching staff.
“This team is built through its coaches,” Coach Johnson said. “They’re just in the beginning stages. Once the players fully buy-in they’ll be awesome.”
Southridge, won their district last year, in a three-way tie breaker with Killian and Coral Reef. Last season they lost to Killian during the season 10-7.
They have struggled to get it going this season, including a shutout loss 0-14 to big time rival Homestead — a team they beat last season. Southridge faces Northwestern for a non-district battle on Thursday at Traz Powell at 7 p.m. As Killian enters their bi-week, Johnson has some concerns.
“This is the same time we started to decline last season,” he said, thinking back about Killian’s 5-1 last season start that was followed by two consecutive losses. “We will have to do some soul searching.”
By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer