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Miami Springs wins a thriller over Edison 25-24

Akilah Laster | 9/19/2013, 9 a.m.
Clash of the Titans: Edison vs Springs. Photo by Akilah Laster

The matchup between two teams whose names have fallen into the abyss as far as respected football programs go, was surprisingly a nail-biter. Miami Springs’ marginal 25-24 overtime win against Edison on Thursday at Curtis Park may have been one of the most exciting games each team will face this season. The clincher was an extra-point kick by Spring’s David Torres in overtime in what became a redeeming moment for Torres after he’d missed an extra point in the fourth that would’ve sealed the game for the Golden Hawks.

“The victory over Edison was a real confidence builder for our team,” said Darryel Bethune, first year head coach at Springs. “It showed the consistency we are giving this year is paying off.”

Both football programs are in rebuilding phases, particularly Springs (2-1) who have only won three games since 2010 and are still recovering from a 0-10 season in 2011. Bethune will be an integral part of revitalizing the program, where he was the former offensive coordinator years ago.

Edison (1-1), who has been under Trevor Harris’s tutelage since 2010 has won a few more, but cannot remain consistent and has yet to see the post season. His teams have flirted with a winning record over the last two seasons finishing just above or below .500. But those are vast improvements compared to his 1-9 rookie season.

“It’s been a challenge,” said Harris, who came to Edison after a 0-10 season at Hallandale High School in Broward. “We don’t despise taking small steps.”

The Golden Hawks and Raiders, however, measured up across the board Thursday night.

Both plagued by youthful errors, they combined for 240 penalty yards by the end of the game. And though Edison out-passed Springs by 127 yards it was offset by the additional four penalties the Raiders accumulated.

Edison will face Mourning on Saturday, Sept. 21st at 7 p.m. at North Miami Field. Miami Springs needs to use the momentum from their last two wins as they head into district play (16-7A) facing Westland-Hialeah (1-1) at Hendricks Stadium Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Springs is 2-1 against the Wildcats since 2010, including a close 21-19 victory last season.