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Not as popular, but definitely locally noteworthy is the historical rivalry in south Miami-Dade County between the Homestead Broncos and the South Dade Buccaneers. The game ended the season for the two non-playoff contending teams, with Homestead pulling off a victory, 20-10.
Former University of Miami (UM) player and Homestead alumni, Jermaine Chambers, who acted as a motivator and honorary coach on the sideline, said that he stayed in town for this game instead of heading to Tallahassee for the UM vs. FSU game.
“It’s about as close to a UM/FSU rivalry as you can get in high school football,” he said. “It means more than anything.”
The game, affectionately called “The Battle of Lucy Street” — the street that divides the two schools within a five mile radius of each other — began with South Dade going into halftime with a 10-0 lead. Unable to stop South Dade in the first half, the Broncos regained momentum in the second half keeping the Buccaneers scoreless for the remainder of the game. With their defense turned up, it was time for the Broncos offense to take charge.
The first Broncos touchdown came from quarterback Khalil Render after he threw a 64-yard pass to sophomore receiver Ermon Lane. They took their first lead at 10:55 in the fourth with a 25-yard touchdown punt return by senior receiver Herb Waters. The game was clinched after a huge interception by Broncos senior linebacker James Burgess — with a broken arm — ran it back for a 54-yard touchdown.
“This makes up for everything,” said Waters, who celebrated his last high school game, after a disappointing season. It was the first time he played against South Dade, who had defeated Homestead in their last three meetings.
Other scores in football:
Central (9-0) defeated North Miami Beach (0-10) 42-0.
Northwestern (7-3) defeated Jackson (7-3) 22-0: Though Northwestern did not make the playoffs, they proved to Jackson and the rest of the county that they are still a very talented team. Bulls quarterback E.J. Hilliard threw a 70-yard pass and 55-yard pass for touchdowns going into the half. Jackson failed to convert on the few opportunities they had. But while the Bulls defeated the Generals in the annual Soul Bowl classic, Jackson will be moving within its division into the playoffs.
Edison (6-4) defeated Miami Springs (0-10) 54-7.
Carol City (4-5) defeated American (6-4) 34-14.
Norland (10-0) defeated Krop (4-5) 58-21.
Regional Quarterfinals Playoffs:
Friday, Nov. 18th: Norland v. Cardinal Gibbons; Jackson v. American Heritage; Southridge v. Southwest; Central v. Pembroke Pines Charter; Booker T. v. Riviera Beach Inlet Grove.
By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer