Following that dire prognosis by Rudy about the state of Dade football. I'm just gonna say that while I agree some of the top teams have looked sluggish, there's still 10 weeks to go in the regular season.
Anyway, for many people who have justifiably been trying to find out scores of games that we didn't get in time from Friday night (or in 2 cases Thursday night), here are some scores.
Gulliver 48, Tampa Berkeley Prep 6
Mater Academy 28, Ransom 10
Palmer Trinity d. Doral (didn't get the score yet, but it wasn't Doral 17, PT 14)
Bay Point 18, University Christian 13
Naples St. John Neumann 33, Westminster Christian 18
Tampa Jesuit 34, Archbishop Curley 10
Belen Jesuit 30, American Heritage-Delray 27 (2OT)
and Thursday's games
Coral Reef 35, Southwest 14
Miami Springs 21, Ferguson 9
We are going to have follow-up coverage in the Sunday paper.
As for a couple of teams I underestimated this week, props to Archbishop Carroll for beating an always strong benjamin squad, as well as Bay Point and Belen for big road wins that I didn't anticipate.
Big game for Bay Point QB Aukebius Wright from what I was told. Stay tuned for our players of the week.
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.