South Florida High School Roundup: Week 2

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Peter Ariz
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Archbishop Carroll (0-2) 0
University School (3-0) 69
-Not much to say about this one. The U-School offense will be nearly impossible to stop all season long. The Archbishop Carroll QB only completed one pass on 18 attempts.

Notable Stats:

Columbus (1-1) 49
Belen Jesuit (0-2) 3
-In the latest installment of this rivalry, Columbus completely dominated. It is definitely a down year for Belen, but they will improve throughout the season because of the strong coaching they have. As far as Columbus goes, they look better this year than some people thought they would after losing Deon Bush, Brandon Radcliff, amongst other key starters. They will face off against Southridge next friday at Tropical Park in what should be a good test for both teams.

Analysis by Tito Benach:

For the eighth year in a row, Columbus defeated Belen in their annual rivalry. This was nowhere near a close contest by a final score of 49 to 3.

-2013 WR Jesus "Bobo" Wilson is arguably the most productive wide receiver in Dade County, There is no doubt in my mind this kid is going to be a playmaker when he gets to the D1 Level. Wilson can make any play and turn it into a big play. Wilson had two touchdown catches including one where he adjusted to the ball and beat the corner for the ball, then stretched across the goal line while being tackled to score a Touchdown. Wilson is very solid to FSU and Miami likes him but at corner.

-2013 Daryl Chestnut is begininning to turn his critics. During the High School Show Podcast we had I chose Daryl Chestnut as my sleeper prospect who Miami should keep an eye on. Chestnut is having superstar games every week by averaging over a hundred yards and at least two touchdowns a game. Here is the interesting part; I spoke to someone close to the Miami program that says if Chestnut continues to have performances like this, he could be hearing from Miami soon.

-2013 RB Lorenzo Woodley ran for three touchdown's today and showed Belen what they missed out on when he transferred out his freshman year. Woodley had two touchdowns inside the goal line, where he broke several tackles and then a forty yard touchdown where he ran inside then bounced it outside. Woodley has all the tools to be a great running back. But it is a matter of the right coaching and putting all those tools together correctly that will determine his future.

2015 QB Tucker Beirne had a solid performance today by throwing over one hundred yards and two touchdowns. While Beirne did throw one interception, it was a dropped pass by the wide receiver. I have noticed that Beirne seems to have a tendency to force the ball on a deep route to a receiver when he isn't even open. While Beirne is only a Sophomore he does need to work on this because this caused him to throw two interceptions in the Aquinas game.

As For Belen

Belen looked like boys among men during the game. They started off slow and couldn't get their offense going. While their performance was bad, do not discount Belen from possibly knocking off or scaring a Norhtwestern or Miami Central.

Game Highlights:

Notable Stats: Lorenzo Woodley- 96 yards and 3TD on 9 carries; Daryl Chestnut-151 yards and 2TD on 6 carries; Jesus Wilson- 3 catches for 63 yards and 2TD

Jackson (2-0) 34
Braddock (0-2) 8
-2014 QB Quinton Flowers continued his success against Braddock, as he accounted for 4TD in the win. Flowers could be a dynamic receiver in college.

Notable Stats: Quinton Flowers- 235 passing yards and 2TD, 108 rushing yards and 2TD

Champagnat (0-1) 28
Pace (1-1) 36
-Champagnat star and Ole Miss commit Chucky Williams carried the team with a Receiving TD, Rushing TD, and Kickoff Return score, but it wasn't enough. Pace held a 22-6 lead going into the 4th before CC outscored them 22-14 in the 4th.

Notable stats: Charles Williams- 39 rushing yards and 2TD, 1 reception for 26 yards and a TD, 91 yard KO return for TD

Homestead (1-1) 14
Southridge (1-1) 0
-After the disappointing loss last week to Killian, Homestead played a great game to beat a very good Spartans team. Southridge will face Columbus next week.

My Analysis from the game:
-First off, what a huge win for Homestead. Their coaching staff did a great job of getting their players ready this week after the disappointing loss against Killian last week.

-Neither offense could really get into a great flow, but Homestead just pounded away at the Spartan defense all night long and it eventually wore them down late in the game. Homestead was running a lot of sets with two running backs and just plowing forward. Because of this, Ermon Lane was not really involved on the offensive side of the ball for the Broncos, but he was still a great decoy because Southridge still had to keep close tabs on him with their two best defensive players, Jamal Carter and Lamar Robbins.

-Jamal Carter was playing corner for a majority of the game and covering Lane. This worked to Homestead's advantage because it took Carter out of the box and forced him to pretty much stay away from the running game. As the game went on, Lane started playing in the slot and Carter dropped back into his safety spot. He looked very physical while on Lane and had a couple nice punt and kickoff returns. His athleticism, physicality, and emotion was evident from this game.

-A player who impressed me from the Southridge side was Lamar Robbins. The 6'3 DB has some nice offers and is considered a 4* on rivals. He is lanky and rangy and made a couple nice plays over the top in coverage. He is somebody to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

-Homestead safety Edwin Berry had a big night for the Broncos. He made some big tackles in the run game on Spartans RB Jamal Adjamah, who also had a nice game.

-2015 RB Johnnie Hankins carried the load for the Broncos in the run game. He was running tough between-the-tackles all night long and had some tough short-yardage runs as well. He scored the touchdown that put Homestead on the board.

-Overall, it was a disappointing performance for Southridge as they will face Columbus next week in another test. QB Troy Cook must improve on tonight's game in order to take the Spartans where they are capable of. A lot of credit should also go to the Homestead defense, which used blitzes all night to confuse to really put a lot of pressure on Cook.

Game Highlights:

South Miami (1-1) 0
Killian (2-0) 19[/B]
-The Killian resurgence continued, as they shutout a rebuilding South Miami team.

Northwestern (2-0) 24
Norland (1-1) 6
-The Bulls got another huge win and look to be on the right path towards district play. It will be interesting to see how things shake out between them, Homestead, Central, and Carol City because it doesn't look like Belen are serious contenders this season.

Game Highlights:

Central (1-1) 37
Booker T (1-1) 26
-The matchup of the two best teams in Miami did not disappoint. Booker T led 19 to 3 at the half, but then Central made the switch to put Joseph Yearby at QB, which gave them the spark. Cook and Yearby were also playing DB and Cook's 75 yard pick 6 was a game-changer. 2015 Central WR Davonte Phillips put his name on the map with a huge performance as well. The Clemson commit Cook is still open and Miami could make a move.


Carol City (1-1) 50
Krop (1-1) 28
-It looks like the Chiefs could make some noise in their district this year. QB Akeem Jones will be a handful for the likes of Central and MNW. The game was tied at the half before CC outscored Krop 22-7 in the 3rd quarter

Notable Stats: Akeem Jones- rushing TD and passing TD; Jovon Durante (2015 WR Krop)- 55 yards and a TD; CC RB Diquan Johnson- 243 yds and 4TD

Blanche Ely (1-1) 20
Miramar (1-1) 42
-The Patriots bounced back from a tough loss against nationally ranked Manatee.

Game Breakdown From Cameron Underwood:
The 2012 season continued for the Miramar Patriots, as they hosted the Blanche Ely Tigers for game #2. Following a 21-14 first half, the Patriots pulled away and defeated the Tigers 42-20.

Let’s take a look at what happened:

Blanche Ely:
Blanche Ely didn’t have many bright spots in this game, but capitalized on Miramar mistakes with great success.

The Tigers could only muster 30 yards of Total Offense in the first half, but thanks to a 96 yard Kickoff return for a TD, and a tipped ball interception giving them a short field, they only trailed 21-14 at the break.

After Miramar’s opening score, Senior CB Rashard Robinson returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, quickly igniting the Ely team. Robinson, who is committed to attend LSU like Patrick Johnson (Peterson) and Avery Johnson before him, is far and away Ely’s best player. Outside of this play, his impact on the game was fairly minimal. In fact, his only other play of note was fumbling a kickoff after Miramar’s final touchdown late in the 4th quarter.

Ely RB #9 had a nice game running between the tackles. He gained less than 50 yards on the night, but his hard running style will be a challenge for teams to contend with later in the season.

One thing that stood from the press box was the size of the Ely receivers. I can’t do names like I normally do, because I left my copy of their roster in my office, but #5 and #19 were 6’4” and 6’5”, and looked like they should be bigger mismatches than they were. Their route running technique could be better, but with time, these players should prove to be dominant on the outside for the Tigers.

#33 at Defensive End played a good game. I remember him getting early jumps on passing plays, and stuffing a couple running plays. His size makes him project to the next level as a Linebacker, and not Defensive End, but his physical skills are undeniable.

Ely hung around with Miramar for a while. As the game wore on, however, it became clear they were just no match for the Patriots.

Another week, and another huge game from Alex Lee. The Senior RB accounted for 208 yards of total offense, rushing for 163 and adding 45 receiving. He scored 3 touchdowns, 2 rushing and 1 receiving, and all those stats (total yards, rushing yards, receiving yards, and touchdowns) were career highs. Many people talked about the Gold cleats he wore in the game. If wearing those cleats makes you play like that, I have a feeling that a lot more players might follow in Lee's footsteps.

Over the first 2 games, Lee has 299 rushing yards, 65 rushing yards, and those 3 touchdowns. Without question, he’s been the MVP of the team to this point of the season.

Lee was not the only running back to find success on the night for the Patriots. Alex Anderson, Khalil Lewis, Malik Mapps, Cameron Rigby, and Eric Pittman all contributed to the rushing attack that totaled 304 yards on 49 carries. Miramar finally found it’s swag by running the ball. It’s fair to say that we now know what happens when we pound the rock at the opponent.

After a shaky game at Manatee, Nick Jeanty had a solid performance for Miramar. He finished 14/21 passing with 166 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. Unlike last week with a couple mental errors leading to turnovers, the only blemish on his record on this night was a tipped ball that was intercepted by the Ely defense.

One thing that concerned me was actually the batted ball situation. I remember 3 or 4 passes being batted or tipped near the line of scrimmage. Teams are a bit too good at catching those free balls, so Jeanty would be wise to eliminate those plays, as best he can.

Lastly, Jeanty is still getting comfortable in the offense, and playing at the 8A level. I know we’ve played to 7A teams, but both Manatee and Ely are very good teams, and play much faster, and much more physical than the teams Jeanty faced in his time at Archbishop McCarthy. The last Miramar QB who came from a private school took a couple games to hit his stride too. If my memory serves me right, that season ended pretty well.

The Wide Receivers got some work in this game, but most of their catches were underneath routes. With a top college recruit like Rashard Robinson patrolling the secondary for Ely, I understand that strategy completely. Geonte Smith and Sean Avant were the top targets, ending the game with 4 and 3 catches, respectively. Other options were out there, but I have no problem with a controlled passing game for the time being. As Jeanty becomes more comfortable in the offense, expect the receivers to emerge with more and more impact.

On defense, the G-Unit at safety (Andre Godfrey and D’Kambui Greaves) played a solid game in the secondary. They fixed the coverage errors that we’d seen the past couple games, and imposed their physicality on the Tigers. The last TD pass for Ely came when the 2nd team defense was on the field, so you can’t fault the G-Unit for that pass.

Many other defenders played strong games on this night. Ja’Quan Smith and Telvin Arnold proved to be destructive forces in the middle of the defense, combining for 11 tackles and 2 sacks. Ryan Samuels and Kaywon Davis played good defense from their linebacker positions.

Apart from those players, there were 2 headliners on this night: Tyrek Cole and Jermaine Grace.

Cole, a Sophomore, started in place of the injured Terence Gaskins and had a very good night. Dealing with the physically imposing Ely receivers, Cole allowed 1 catch on the night, and ended the game with 7 passes broken up. Now, I know people will say “You’re just inflating stats for your Miramar players”, but on every play Cole made, I checked with coaches and journalists to make sure we had all seen that before counting it as a PBU. A couple of those plays could have been interceptions instead, but for a sophomore making his first start, I think 7 PBUs is a solid night.

By now, you know who Jermaine Grace is. The captain and leader of the Darkside defense once again played a solid game in multiple areas. His 8 tackles were tied for team-high (with Ryan Samuels) and that was just the beginning for Country. He also had an interception (off a tipped ball) and a 7 yard return. His biggest play, however, was not universally appreciated.

Neo in the Matrix....or Jermaine Grace? Which one is it?

On a punt return in the 3rd quarter, Grace delivered an absolutely massive crackback block, springing Tanares Robinson for a 47 yard return. Grace, feeling the power of the moment, yelled to the crowd and flexed like Neo at the end of the first Matrix Movie as he walked to the sideline. Grace drew a flag for…something on that play. I disagreed with the penalty call then, and I disagree with it now. In either case, his play awakened the Patriots, and kept the momentum going as the lead ballooned to 35-14 on the ensuing drive.

Player of the Week

Alex Lee – 16 carries, 163 yards, 2 TDs, 1 catch, 45 yards, 1 TD

Career highs in all categories other than catches.

Enough said.

Where do we go from here?
As the season progresses, we’ll continue to do a brief look ahead. Here are my keys to staying on the winning side of thing:
1. Address special teams. Last week, it was missed kicks and blocked punts. This week, we fixed those things, but went back to old problems by allowing a kick return for a touchdown. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I think more starters should be playing on the special teams units.
2. Solidify Passing game. Running the ball controls the clock, but passing puts points on the board. Against good teams, you have to be balanced on offense, and for us, that means having an effective and timely passing attack.
3. Run. The. Ball. 49 carres. 304 yards. 4 touchdowns. Do I really need to say anything else?
4. Stop cheating on Defense. Once again, the defense got caught cheating, and that’s how Ely scored their last touchdown. We are good enough to let our players and our schemes stifle opposing teams. There’s no need to cheat. And, honestly, we’re too young on defense to “cheat” effectively. It hurts more than it helps. Stop it.
This week’s game was a good one for Miramar to work out the demons of the Manatee game, and get back into the Win column. Now that that’s done, it’s time to keep the momentum going as we build toward district play, and a matchup with a certain Catholic school (but we’ll talk about that in a couple of weeks).

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?

Until Next Time,

Cameron J. Underwood
Miramar Sports

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St. Thomas Aquinas (2-0) 43
Cypress Bay (1-1) 17
-The Raiders followed up a big victory against Columbus last week with a win over one of the top teams in Broward, Cypress Bay. The game was tied at 14 going into halftime before STA pulled away in the second half, outscoring Cypress Bay 29-3.

Game Highlights:

Notable Stats: 2014 WR Corey Holmes- 4 catches, 76 yards with a 30 yard TD reception, 50 yard KO return; Fred Coppet- 71 yard TD run

Glades Central (0-2) 13
Plantation (1-1) 34
-Looks like it's a down year in the Muck for the Raiders. They face a great team next week in American Heritage Delray.

American Heritage Plantation (1-1) 27
Jacksonville Bolles (2-0) 30
-AHP led 27-23 in the 4th before Bolles scored on a 33-yard TD pass. Good test for AHP against the Jacksonville powerhouse and defending state champs.

Notable Stats: Sony Michel- 2 TDs with one going for 71 yards

Stranahan (1-1) 12
South Plantation (2-0) 27
-Led by Alex Collins, South Plantation looks primed for a great season. Collins had another huge game, going over 200 yards and scoring twice

Cardinal Newman (2-0) 49
Pahokee (0-1) 22
-The CN offense had another week putting up huge numbers and 2014 Miami commit Travis Rudolph had a big day for the second straight week.

Notable Stats: Travis Rudolph- TD receptions of 47 and 34 yards each

American Heritage Delray (2-0) 36
Armwood (1-1) 28
-This win for AHD is considered an upset over the powerhouse Armwood side. Greg Bryant was held to only 45 yards on 17 rushes, but he still scored twice.

Notable Stats: Greg Bryant- 17 carries for 45 yards and a TD, 53 yard TD reception; UF commit Alvin Bailey (Armwood)- 2 TD receptions (33, 13)

Boca Raton (1-1) 9
Atlantic (1-1) 10
-Atlantic won the slugfest after being shutout last week by American Heritage Delray. Keith Gaskins' 83-yard TD run in the fourth gave Atlantic the lead for good before Boca Raton scored and missed the XP to tie it up.

Notable Stats: Miami commit Keith Bryant- 3 tackles, 2TFL, 2 sacks

Hallandale (2-0) 23
Northeast (1-1) 12
-Game info from a source who was at the game:

Hallandale won another tough game on Friday battling it out with Northeast high lead by star receiver Stacy Coley. Coley is as good as advertised if not better. He ran beautiful corner route to score his only td of the night as his team struggled to help him out. Hallandale continues to be carried by their defense lead by their LB core which has 2 players committed to schools (FIU, Utah State) and 2014 safeties Jon Jackson and John Battle

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