Carol City, South Dade, and Central poised for playoffs
Each wins last regular season game
Akilah Laster | 11/14/2013, 9 a.m.
Carol City (7-3, 3-1) defeated American 28-21 last Thursday night at Traz Powell despite the Patriots 15-point third quarter.
The Patriots (6-4, 6-0) gained the lead after an eight-point first half deficit during the third quarter on touchdown from running back Akeem Granger and Karon Jackson that put them ahead 21-14. But it was the resilience of Chiefs’ running back Ronneldon Ellington with two fourth quarter touchdowns that pulled them through. Ellington finished with 65 yards.
Chiefs’ quarterback Trayone Gray, who is committed to University of Miami, added both first half touchdowns and finished with 187 passing yards and 95 rushing yards.
Carol City heads into their first playoff game since 2009 on a two game win streak. The Chiefs face Dillard.
South Dade (9-1, 3-1) earned its second consecutive win against neighborhood rival Homestead (6-4, 1-3) last Friday to finish both teams’ regular season.
The Buccaneers, who will continue to the post season, were propelled by the play of senior quarterback Kahlil Render who finished with 280 passing yards and four touchdowns. Render, who is sixth in the county for passing yards, connected twice with both receivers C.J. Worton and Tyre Brady, including a 95-yard bomb to Worton in the third quarter.
But the Broncos held their own, keeping the score tied until the fourth quarter, largely due to the play of quarterback Maurice Alexander, who finished with 208 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Broncos’ Georgia commit Gilbert Johnson finished with a touchdown and 43 receiving yards, while University of Florida commit finished his career at Homestead with an 100-yard game, but no touchdown.
South Dade District 16-8A’s runner-up will face Southwest (9-1, 5-0), whose undefeated season was ended in their final season battle against Coral Gables, this week in the regional quarterfinals.
Central’s defense held University School to three scoreless quarters in a 28-3 victory last Aaturday night at Traz Powell.
The Rockets (8-1, 4-0) stymied the Suns’ (8-2, 3-0) offense, only allowing 100 total offensive yards and a first quarter field goal. The Suns average more than 360 total offensive yards per game this season.
Central’s offensive yards more than quadrupled University’s. The Rockets finished with 414-total offensive yards, with 317 yards coming from the rushing of the dynamic duo UF commit Dalvin Cook (136 yards) and UM commit Joseph Yearby (177 yards).
Cook added three touchdowns, but it was the first game Yearby has not scored a touchdown all season.
He will get a chance to make up for it this week as the Rockets head into post season play against Boynton Beach (9-1, 6-1).