Making history is enough to bring tears to even the sternest of eyes. Just ask South Dade coach Nathaniel Hudson, Jr. whose sideline demeanor is typically poised and stoic. There were more than remnants from the ceremonial Gatorade-bath running down his face Saturday night as his Buccaneers (14-1) brought home the first state championship in the school’s 60 year history. The Bucs defeated reigning Class 8A state champions Apopka High School 41-28 in their first trip ever to the Citrus Bowl.
But says goodbye to team’s star backs
Saturday afternoon marked the end of an era — Central’s Yearby-Cook era. And true to form they went out winners with a 52-7 defeat of their 2011 rival Armwood at the Citrus Bowl. In an eerily accurate display, Cook sported metallic gold Nike kicks in his final high school football game.
It was a game of revenge. Revenge for snatching the district title and ending an undefeated season. South Dade atoned for their only district and regular season loss to Killian (7-5) last Saturday with a 13-7 win over the Cougars on a muddy Tropical Park field. The site that haunted the Buccaneers and where their seven-game win streak was ruined became the place where they propelled themselves to the Class 8A regional final.
Routs University School 45-17
A Booker T. Washington Nike t-shirt reads “Believe the Hype” and last Friday night at Nova High School, the Tornadoes turned the University School Suns into believers in a 45-17 win.
The first round of playoffs typically pose the region’s top two of the strongest districts versus the top two of the weaker districts.
At the onset of the football season usafootball.com posted a list of high schools that had the most NFL players currently on a roster; Miami’s Norland Senior High School was at the top with six. While this statistic brings the school athletic recognition, administrators and former players say they are most proud of the off-field impact of their student-athletes.
Each wins last regular season game
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’
Clements axed with one game left
Coral Reef ended another season just shy of the playoffs and this time with a heavier heart after the controversial termination of their head coach Chevas Clements before the team played its final game. According to Clements, he walked into the school on November 4th to see his office door and the players’ locker room padlocked.
Well Booker T. Washington (10-0, 3-0) is undefeated, district champions, number one in the nation and if anyone would care to wager soon-to-be state champs for the second consecutive year.
The Carol City Chiefs defeated the Norland Vikings 27-14 on Friday night at North Miami Stadium. The game demolished any chance that the Vikings (2-7, 1-3) would see playoff action this year. The victory also made Carol
While the 41-14 result of the Booker T. Washington-Norland game ended in the expected manner, the Tornados of BTW said they still had something to prove. Head Coach Tim “Ice” Harris says, “the win against the Vikings solidifies the mythical State of Miami championship.”
What once looked like a long-shot has now become possible for Killian after a hallmark 21-13 defeat of district rival South Dade (7-1, 2-1) last Saturday at Tropical Park put the Cougars (4-4, 2-1) back in the running for a District 16-8A championship and post season. “[The Buccaneers] hadn’t been hit in the mouth yet,” said Killian coach, Cory Johnson. “We wanted to challenge them physically.”
Miami Carol City Chiefs win in second half battle
The Homestead Broncos received every sign that their district game against Carol City would end auspiciously. They were coming off of a dominating road win against Palmetto, and their star receiver Ermon Lane was ruled eligible after facing a possible suspension. For a moment, it seemed as if all the stars had aligned and the football gods were smiling down on the Broncos.
The Killian Cougars bounced back after a three week slump with a 21-7 upset of the Coral Gables Cavaliers last Thursday at Southridge Field. The Region 8A battle ended Coral Gables’ undefeated season and its first 5-0 start since 2008 under then-Coach Joe Montoya.
Northwestern’s 21-9 loss to Booker T. Washington (7-0, 1-0) last Saturday was what Jerry Jones would call a moral victory. No, it did not affect district standings directly, but the confidence with which the Bulls walked off the field will certainly carry over to next Friday’s battle against the nationally-esteemed and reigning 6A State Champs, the Miami Central Rockets.
There comes a moment in every coach’s career where he/she has to decide between going big or playing it safe. Friday night, under the bright lights at “The Mecca” of high school football, Norland coach Daryle Heidelburg faced that decision. With 1:09 remaining in the game, after a monumental 35-yard touchdown pass, the Vikings who were two of three on extra-point attempts, went for the gusto.
After hearing of Northwestern’s defeat of Norland, the Homestead Broncos, approached their game Saturday against the Central Rockets at Traz Powell, with a newfound hope. “Northwestern opened the door for us and we appreciate that,” Homestead coach Larry Coffey said with a smirk. “It’s huge because everyone is even now.”
Booker T. Washington (5-0, 1-0) defeated Monsignor Pace (3-1, 0-1) 49-7 Carol City (3-2, 1-0) defeated Southridge (1-3) 7-6 Jackson (3-1) defeated Edison (1-3) 40-0 Norland (2-3, 1-0) defeated Columbus (1-4, 0-1) 20-15 South Dade (5-0; 1-0) defeated Varela (2-2, 1-0) 47-7 Northwestern (2-2, 0-1) defeated Blanche Ely (0-4) 29-16
What can Palmetto be proud of after being shutout 43-0 by district rival South Dade last Thursday night at Harris Field? Maybe they can be grateful the score wasn’t higher.
Chances slim that Central can be dethroned
The majority of district 16-6A teams, whether they want to admit it or not, are playing for second place. That’s because Central’s dominance pretty much guarantees that they’ll hold on to the top spot in the district. Last Friday’s 16-6A district play leveled the playing field among the next four teams even more when Carol City defeated Northwestern 28-15 at Traz Powell and Norland upset Homestead 19-17 at Harris Field.
stops Killian 21-20 in overtime
Coral Reef looked playoff ready after an emotional overtime win against district rival Killian last Friday afternoon at Southridge. Coach Chevas Clements embraced senior receiver Jacob McCrary in a post-game celebration after beating last year’s district 16-8A runner-up 21-20.
The matchup between two teams whose names have fallen into the abyss as far as respected football programs go, was surprisingly a nail-biter.
Jackson pulls an upset
With the worst start in Norland’s last four years, the question is what will the Vikings do? The Vikings “program” has struggled to keep its state championship momentum consistent over the last season.
The South Dade Buccaneers narrowly skirted a loss to the Columbus Explorers in a 12-10 victory Friday night at Harris Field in what may have been a preview of a post-season regional battle come late November.
If social media is any indicator of popular opinion, the demand for a revamp in the Northwestern coaching staff will loom overhead for the Bulls for the remainder of the season unless head coach Stephen Fields can find a way to band-aid his team’s embarrassing 38-3 televised loss to nationally ranked St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium.
Carol City beats Boyd Anderson, 24-7
Two former teammates and Carol City alumni patted each other on the back as the Chiefs closed out their 24-7 preseason victory against Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lake) last Friday night at Traz Powell.
If any musical titans could bring South Floridians out on a swelteringly summer night, it would be legendary rapper Jay-Z and the the blue-eyed teenage heartthrob turned platinum solo artist, Justin Timberlake, for the culmination of their 14-city Legends of the Summer tour.
Four of the nation’s top 25 high school football teams hail from South Florida; Miami Central (ranked No. 1 on MaxPreps.com), Booker T. Washington Senior High School (ranked No. 1 in USAToday poll), St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale (ranked No. 11 in USAToday poll) and University School (Fort Lauderdale, ranked No. 25 on MaxPreps.com).
The Miami Dolphins Academy hosted its second annual youth camp last week at Felix Varela High School. The weeklong camp gave some 60 participants ages five to 14 an opportunity to interact and train alongside former Dolphins players for five full days.
Rarely do most individuals have a chance to create history. For Dennis Alexander, getting the head basketball coach position at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School provides him with that opportunity. Both the program and the school were established in 2009.