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BTW Tornadoes have a long way to go!

Before Booker T. Washington fans hit the panic button and start talking about the what ifs for the 2008 season, I suggest that you sit back and watch this program do what they have been doing since the school re-opened. Work hard, add some of the top athletes in the nation and rebuild.

Friday night’s loss to Chandler Hamilton (Az.) was one of those things where the “young” Tornadoes were exposed for not being able to replace the 17 starters so quickly. They were matched against a very impressive football team that won state titles back in Arizona and were well coached and had great football talent.

The blame game? Nobody. This is a BTW team that lacks experience, and while there were many, many positives on Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium, mistakes and things associated with young and inexperienced players, went on from start to finish. That has to be corrected, or teams such as Hallandale, Dwyer, Tampa Plant and Armwood will pass this impressive program by!

There are many things to be impressed by on a team that rolled through the 2007 season, winning a 4A state title. But believe that this is a program, under first year coach Earl Tillman, that will be back. But you need to be patient. If you have to be reminded how much talent this team lost, all you had to do was watch the University of Miami opener on Thursday, and tune in to FIU’s game at Kansas on Saturday!

Players that made an impact on Friday night in the senior class included: Torrance Moise (QB), Andre Edwards (WR), Emmanuel Noel (WR), Jamal Forest (DB), Natturner Harris (DB), Keenan Frazier (LB), Monsignor Pace transfer David Van Dyke (DB), O’Bryan Ferguson (LB) and Jarius Levy (LB).

Juniors to watch includes top-flight running back Eduardo Clements, who was the target of Hamilton’s defense all night. They bottled up the standout back most of the night and were not intimidated by the “Florida” speed.

OTHER TOP JUNIORS: Quinton Dunbar (WR), Willie Williams (RB), Oscar Diaz (PK), Lynden Trail (DE), Jelanie Rouland (WR) and Jose Jose (OL).

TOP SOPHOMORES: Jeremiah Hay (QB), Derek Moise (WR), Kedarius Evans (DB).

FRESHMAN: Kevon Caffey (LB).

Here is hoping that Pahokee and Northwestrn have more success with their impressive opponents on Saturday, but if it doesn’t happen, you just learn from this terrific experience and move on.

The games are a great and needs to happen yearly as we will soon have those marquee teams back for the nation to see…..
LARRY BLUSTEIN
Lblustein@miamiherald.com

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Jamar

Now make excuses. You didn't say that when the West lost in spring. You and everybody else think the West can't 3 peet. You will see. BTW, Central and everybody else in the county still have to see NW.

#1 fan

It seem like the herald writers are making excuses for BTW, they ranked them so high in dades football poll. But now they're rembering that they lost 17 starters and the team is young and lack experinece. I was there that team was not that good. BTW shouldn't been rank #1, just like miami springs rank #8 no way i seen them play and lose to palmetto. NW is young and also lost 33 seniors don't expect them to win.

pat chastain

Im from Northside of Warner robins Georgia and if we play like we did last night, you will have no trouble in beatimg us. lol

pat chastain

I heard you all have a good quarterback and great team speed

Finnie

Ask Carol City. You can't be on top forever. The only place to go is down.

Miami Garden

The Herald loves N'western & BTW. Since they both won't be doing to much this year. I wonder whos bandwagon they'll jump on next. NMB,Central,S Dade or Columbus.

ROCKET PRIDE(ALUMNI)

NO ONE WANNA HEAR ALL THAT ABOUT BTW IS SO YOUNG. YOU CLAIM CENTRAL NEED A D! WELL COACH EARL LITTLE IS THE DC AT MIAMI CENTRAL. NO ONE TALKED ABOUT HIS D BEING YOUNG AFTER THEIR SPRING LOST TO GLADES CENTRAL... COACH LITTLE IS A FORMER CANE & PLAYED 9YRS IN THE N.F.L. HE WILL HAVE THAT ROCKET DEFENSE READY!!! COACH LITTLE CALLED A GREAT GAME AGAINST CAROL CITY LAST FRIDAY NIGHT. OUR OFFENSE PLAYED LIKE CRAP. THE O-LINE COULDNT STOP A 3 MAN RUSH!!! THANK GOD WE HAVE BLACK MAGIC(JEFFERY GODFREY)!!!!!!

TRUE B.T.W. FAN

TO ALL, WHO HAVE SO LITTLE FAITH, AN RESPECT FOR THE TORNADOES,(LMAO) STAND BY!!! THEY (BTW) ARE NOT LOSERS. THEY WILL TIGHTEN UP AND BOUNCE BACK, WITH A VENGENCE, AND PLEASE, PLEASE, UNDER ESTIMATE THEM.

Reginald Humphrey

Booker T. Washinton Aint Ready 4 The Best In Georgia, Northside Warner Robins, They Goin Down.

Keith Rogers

What a great win for Arizona high school football. Even though BTW might be down this year, for an Arizona team to win in Florida is something. Arizona is certainly not known for high school football.

I live just five miles from Hamilton High here in Arizona and am mighty proud of what they did.

Keith Rogers
Chandler, Arizona

JIMMY ROBERTS

NORTHSIDE WILL BE READY FOR BOOKER SAT.PAT WE WILL BE READY WITH A STRONG DEFENSE!GO EAGLES!!!!

pat chastain

I want to hear what BTW has to say about us...........Northside. Holla, cuz ya know ya hear me. lol

pat chastain

i see you up there representing Jimmy Lee. Did you hear that "nasty " rumor that perry might have been stealing our signs before we ran our plays. Surely, chad and torrey wouldnt do something like that ? lol

A TRUE TORNADOE FAN

THIS IS FOR ALL THE HATERS THAT ARE DOWNING BOOKER T. WE MAY HAVE LOST, BUT THEY JUST GOT LUCKY.........BUT NORTHSIDE BETTER BE READY BECAUSE WE COMING STRONG YOU COULD BELIVE THAT..............AND FOR THE 1 WHO ASKED WHAT BANDWAGON WE GONE JUMP ON THERE AINT GONE BE A REASON FOR THAT............. BECAUSE WHEN WE COME WE GONE BRING THE STORM........DAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!

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