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I should've known

South Dade might be one of the youngest teams in Dade County, but I'm gonna call this one right now. They're going to spoil at least one playoff favorite's season in District 16-6A.

A couple of names that might be household by season's end, senior defensive lineman John Smith (6-3, 269). I lost count how many tackles for loss this kid had last night against Columbus. As Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat kept telling me on the sidelines, "He's in the backfield on every play."

And this South Dade team can pass. Sophomore Dontravius Floyd should have a solid season and look for him to develop into one of the better WR in the county in the future.

As for Columbus, it may have just been Week 1, but they better use the next 2 weeks wisely before the Chiefs come calling.


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Terrel Cheever

I bet if my Norland Vikings beat the Central Rockets tonite everybody eyes will open up.

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat

I was at the Columbus-South Dade game last night and at the Central-Norland game tonight and I am going to be quite frank when I say this.

People can take it for what it's worth, but if Central and Columbus are among the top 7 teams and Central beat Edison in the preseason classic and Booker T. only beat Homestead 14-13 and Central barely beat Norland 7-6 (a game Norland SHOULD have won), Dade County football is simply not very good this year.

I know it's only week 1, but while there are some great individual players and some players that have a good chance to be great, the TEAMS simply aren't that good. Central has a LONG way to go. Travaris Cadet has to stop triyng to be Michael Vick and start being a quarterback and realize he can't outrun EVERYONE. Central's offensive line isn't great. It's defense is pretty good, but didn't show much against a Norland offense that is anemic. Norland is young and has some athletes on defense, but has zip on offense. There is no player on the Norland offense that would strike fear into anyone. Hannibal Buford might be the most explosive offensive player and he didn't even start at running back. Expect to see a lot more of him this year.

As for Columbus, they need to play a lot better if they have dreams of a state title. Jarren Jones is a nice tailback, but for him to be cramping at halftime doesn't give good signs. Is he in shape? In fact, there were numerous Columbus players cramping at the half against South Dade. Are they in shape as a team? Chris Masson has to do more. He was borderline awful against South Dade. Jarvis Givens is a monster on the defensive line. Jhonnie Daniels is a tank at linebacker, but I think he should see more time at running back.

South Dade is a real nice looking youthful bunch that should have beaten Columbus even minus it's top two running backs.

Keith Osgood can chuck the ball if he gets a little time to throw it. Dontravius Floyd is a sophomore wide out who wasn't even a wide out last year. He's long, fast and goes up and gets it. 6 catches and 91 yards with two touchdowns in his first start as a soph. He's a playmaker. Has the ability to be a star. Rakeem Green is a real nice corner. 6-3, 190. He didn't play as a junior, but will shoot through the rankings. But there are academic questions that could hurt him. However, the talent is CLEARLY there in this kid.

That's my take of the first two games I've seen. I'll give a report to South Miami-Krop tomorrow. Let's see what these two squads have, although I don't expect much.


So what do you think about braddock this year with 6 strong returining seniors?

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