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South Dade stops Coral Gables

caines | 5/30/2013, 5:30 a.m.

The South Dade Buccaneers are preparing for the journey to what they hope will be another district championship and perhaps even a state title. Winners of the District 13-8A last season gave, Head Coach Nathaniel Hudson, Jr. says he has confidence in his players and coaching staff and believes they will continue to be very competitive in the upcoming season. That confidence shined through as the Bucs defeated the Coral Gables Cavaliers 41-28 at last weeks spring game. Were getting better and I see a lot of bright spots, Hudson said. The energy has been really good. South Dade scored easily in the first quarter, finishing the first 12 minutes up 21-7 at the hands of one of their secret weapons and on-field leaders, quarterback Kahlil Render. Render, who will be a senior this upcoming season, transferred from rival neighborhood high school, Homestead Senior. He came in very excited, Hudson said. The one thing he wanted was an opportunity. Render, who Hudson calls a very exceptional athlete and a great runner, scored two of the three first quarter touchdowns. His stellar performance allowed him to rest for a large part of the second half of the game. I like his demeanor, Hudson said. Hes making great decisions. Hudson commended his offense as a whole and said that he would also look to several other players, including will-be-senior and receiver Tyree Brady, who scored two touchdowns during the game. The Bucs defense lagged some, allowing the Cavs to tie the game at 28 by halftime, but stepped it up in the last two quarters and delivered a shutout second half. We need to work on playing together as a group and communicating, Hudson said of his defense. Its about building that trust and building chemistry. Building on the success of last year, Hudson said this year the Bucs are working to push the program forward after last season ended at the hands of then district rival and runner-up Killian. I was a little spoiled last year, Hudson said. But its about not taking anything for granted. Hudson relies on his own intuition, but also heavily on his coaching staff and former South Dade coaches, including his father, Nathaniel Hudson, Sr. and Greg Dentino. Its about pushing it to that next level, Hudson said. By Akilah LasterMiami Times writer, akilahlaster@gmail.com