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November 30, 2008

BCAA All-Star game slated for Dec. 11

The BCAA will host its annual North/South All-Star game on Thursday evening, Dec. 11 at Lockhart Stadium at 7:00.

The game features 100 of the top seniors from schools who are part of the Broward County Athletic Association. The area’s best cheerleaders will also be on hand. The North team is coached by Greg McGirt (Pompano Beach) and Scott Barnwell (Hollywood Hills) and his selected staff will lead the South squad.

For more information on the game, call County Athletic Director Rocky Gillis at 754-321-1208 or www.bcaasports.com. The teams will practice daily at Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale at 4 p.m.

NORTH
Anthony Abatecola, DB, 5-9, 160, Monarch
Richard Afflick, DE, 6-0, 175, Pompano
Chris Alexis, DT, 6-1, 245, Fort Lauderdale
Dalton Baker, OL, 6-2, 260, Douglas
Greg Beauduy, OL/DE, 6-2, 210, Deerfield Beach
Kenneth Bishop, DT/OL, 6-2, 315, Piper
Lesly Calixte, DB, 5-9, 180, Douglas
Isiah Carter, DB, 6-0, 170, Ely
Jonas Celian, DE/LB, 6-1, 200, Coconut Creek
John Chiari, TE/WR, 6-3, 195, Coral Springs
Jamal Davis, WR/DE, 6-2, 185, Coral Springs Charter
Travis Dudley, OLB, 6-0, 185, Fort Lauderdale
Joe Fitzpatrick, TE, 6-4, 220, Cardinal Gibbons
Mike Flash, OL, 6-1, 305, Northeast
Sylvester Flowers, DB, 5-11, 185, Coral Glades
John Fowler, LB/WR, 6-1, 185, Coconut Creek
Patrick Frawley, TE, 6-4, 240, Monarch
Lamario Fuller, RB/KR, 5-9, 165, Plantation
Jared Greenway, WR/DB, 6-2, 180, Coral Springs Charter
Derrick Hanson, OL, 6-3, 330, Boyd Anderson
Antwon Higgs, DE/TE, 6-3, 245, Pompano
Dennis Hocker, QB, 6-1, 205, Coral Springs Charter
Ray Hodgson, DL, 6-0, 210, Taravella
Eric Jacques, OL/DL, 6-2, 285, Ely
Ajani Jones, OL, 6-0, 240, Pompano
Eric Jones, DB, 5-11, 170, Plantation
Matt Kassem, WR/DB, 6-0, 180, Taravella
John Kramer, OL, 6-5, 265, Coral Springs
Jory Lambert, DT, 6-1, 265, Coral Glades
Joshua Laspina, OL/LB, 6-0, 245, Monarch
Travis Laurent, RB, 5-9, 175, Northeast
Richard Lucas, LB, 6-1, 220, Coral Springs
James McFadden, RB, 5-8, 175, Plantation
Nick Monsalve, LB/FB, 5-9, 205, Northeast
Sakia Parker, LB, 5-11, 185, Piper
Rashad Payne, DB/WR, 5-9, 155, Ely
Thiago Pereira, OL, 6-2, 240, Fort Lauderdale
Joseph Philemon, DB/WR, 5-10, 165, Pompano
Richard Ramsey, LB, 6-2, 205, Coral Glades
Travis Reynolds, WR, 6-0, 160, Boyd Anderson
James Rezolus, OLB, 5-10, 185, Northeast
Malcolm Ricks, DE/LB, 6-2, 200, Ely
Denard Robinson, QB, 6-1, 185, Deerfield Beach
James Rogers, LB, 6-1, 210, Cardinal Gibbons
Nick Rogers, WR/RB, 5-11, 175, Piper
Carlos Romero, P/PK, 5-9, 160, Coral Springs
Joe St. Thomas, OL, 6-3, 315, Cardinal Gibbons
Gabriel Santos, LB, 5-10, 185, Pompano
Chris Schrippa, QB, 6-1, 185, Cardinal Gibbons
Johnny Seays, DL, 6-2, 235, Deerfield Beach
Nicholas Stevens, OL/DL, 5-10, 280, Coral Springs
William Trevino, LB, 6-1, 210, Taravella
Verg Virgens, LB, 5-11, 185, Coconut Creek
Santos Walcott, DB, 6-0, 195, Coral Glades
Prince Walker, WR, 5-10, 170, Plantation
John Wallace, RB, 6-1, 205, Boyd Anderson
Karlton Weaver, RB/DB, 5-9, 160, Pompano
Jackie Wilson, QB, 6-1, 210, Boyd Anderson
Adrian Witty, DB/WR, 6-0, 180, Deerfield Beach
Keith Zallman, OL, 6-2, 240, Fort Lauderdale

SOUTH
Tyrie Allen, RB, 5-9, 180, Western
Ryan Becker, QB, 6-1, 190, St. Thomas
Alton Bell, LB, 5-10, 215, Hollywood Hills
Jamar Brown, RB, 5-7, 165, South Broward
Ashley Bullock, OL, 6-8, 280, South Broward
Devot Butler, LB, 6-0, 210, Everglades
Jerry Caplan, QB, 6-1, 185, Hollywood Hills
Jovanny Carvajal, DB, 5-10, 190, McArthur
Courtney Clark, RB, 5-9, 165, Hollywood Hills
Jordon Cohen, TE/NT, 6-1, 230, Cooper City
Patrice Cosbert, LB, 6-0, 185, Flanagan
Andrew Davis, OLB, 5-10, 185, Nova
Daren Davis, LB, 6-1, 195, South Plantation
Jarrett Dieudonne, DB, 6-1, 190, Dillard
Benjamin Dinkins, WR, 6-0, 170, Dillard
Orwin Etkins, RB, 5-10, 193, Miramar
Carlton Falconer, OL, 6-4, 255, Dillard
Steven Faucher, P, 5-10, 160, Cypress Bay
Larry Fels, DL, 5-10, 265, Western
Justin Floyd, DE, 6-0, 220, Dillard
Damian Fortner, RB, 5-10, 170, Everglades
Mario Francois, DB, 6-0, 175, South Plantation
Austin Gamble, LB, 6-0, 225, Cypress Bay
Phil Genovese, RB/DB, 5-11, 180, Cooper City
Demerick Goolsby, OL/DL, 6-0, 265, Hallandale
Jovan Gopie, DL, 5-9, 290, Everglades
Terrance Gourdine, WR, 6-2, 198, Miramar
Terrell Harden, WR, 6-1, 175, South Plantation
Elijah Haynes, RB, 5-9, 180, Stranahan
Robert Hernandez, OL, 6-0, 260, Hallandale
Raynard Lafavor, OL, 6-0, 268, Hollywood Hills
Jamall Lane, DB, 5-10, 165, Everglades
Billy Larrabee, DE, 6-1, 185, Cooper City
Ashley Larrieux, OL, 5-10, 270, Flanagan
Stephen Lopez, LB, 5-11, 220, Pembroke Pines Charter
Roderick Lott, Jr., LB, 5-11, 190, Hallandale
Nelsy Marcellon, DE/OLB, 6-3, 220, Stranahan
David McKinnie, DB, 5-11, 160, Nova
Shane McNally, QB, 6-2, 200, Pembroke Pines Charter
Anthony Mitchell, OL, 6-4, 280, South Broward
William Nesselt, DL, 6-3, 245, St. Thomas
Conor O’Neill, LB, 6-2, 195, St. Thomas
Patrick Paul, LB, 5-11, 205, McArthur
Jonathan Rigaud, DB, 5-9, 170, Pembroke Pines Charter
John Robinson, DB/RB, 5-9, 170, Nova
Rodney Rumph, WR/DB, 5-9, 170, Everglades
Kevin Samuel, OL , 6-1, 305, Hollywood Hills
Chris Secrest, PK, 5-10, 155, McArthur
Tremaine Shepherd, DB/WR, 6-0, 163, Miramar
Greg Smith, DE/OLB, 6-0, 215, Hallandale
Streadwick Stephens, DE/OLB, 6-1, 190, Flanagan
Donovan Spence, DL, 5-11, 240, Everglades
Andre Thomas, WR, 5-9, 175, South Broward
Leslie Tripp, OL, 6-0, 278, Cypress Bay
Darrell Young, DL, 6-2, 225, South Plantation
Phil Walker, DE, 6-2, 220, Cypress Bay
Vincent Westcarr, OL, 6-5, 310, Miramar
Erik Williams, DE, 6-3, 240, Stranahan
Marqueze Williams, RB/DB, 5-8, 165, McArthur
Sigmund Wilson, DL, 5-10, 260, Western

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

State Football Playoffs, Round 3

Here we go into the third round of the state football playoffs. Which teams figure to make it to the next round? In 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B, what programs will head to Orlando for the first week of the state championship games?

Give us your picks for the third round of the playoffs.

1B
NORTH

Tallahassee FAMU (9-3) at South Daytona Beach Warner Christian (11-1)

SOUTH
Lakeland Victory Christian (9-3) at Jupiter Christian (12-0)

1A
NORTH

Port St. Joe (10-2) at Tallahassee North Florida Christian (8-2)

SOUTH
Fort Meade (11-1) at American Heritage Delray (9-2)

2B
NORTH

Ocala Trinity Catholic (11-1) at Tallahassee Florida High (11-1)

SOUTH
Pahokee (9-2) at Frostproof (10-1)

2A
NORTH

Jacksonville Bolles (12-0) at Madison County (11-0)

SOUTH
Gulliver Prep (10-1) at Tampa Catholic (9-3)

3A
NORTH

Tallahassee Godby (10-2) at St. Augustine (12-0)
Citra North Marion (9-3) at Dade City Pasco (11-1)

SOUTH
Arcadia Desoto (9-3) at Cocoa (11-1)
Naples (11-1) at Miami Monsignor Pace (10-2)

4A
NORTH

Tallahassee Lincoln (9-3) at Fort Walton Beach (10-1)
Daytona Beach Seabreeze (7-5) at Orange Park Ridgeview (8-4)

SOUTH
Seffner Armwood (12-0) at Tampa Plant (11-1)
Miami Booker T. Washington (10-2) at Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer (11-1)

5A
NORTH

Pensacola Pine Forest (11-0) at Orange Park (10-2)
Tampa Chamberlain (11-1) at Lakeland (12-0)

SOUTH
Punta Gorda Charlotte (11-1) at Largo (11-1)
Stuart South Fork (9-3) at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (12-0)

6A
NORTH

Apopka (10-2) at Sanford Seminole (10-2)
Orlando Boone (10-2) at Royal Palm Beach (11-1)

SOUTH
Miramar (10-2) at Deerfield Beach (10-2)
Northwestern (11-1) at Killian (10-2)

November 29, 2008

Round 2 State Playoff Scoreboard

CLASS 6A
Apopka 41, East Ridge 34
Boone 17, Dr. Phillips 7
Sanford Seminole 30, Spruce Creek 13
Miami Killian 27, Miami Palmetto 6
Royal Palm Beach 28, Vero Beach 13
Miramar 34, Cypress Bay 29
Deerfield Beach 55, Boyd Anderson 22
Northwestern 38, Central 32

CLASS 5A
Lakeland 20, Osceola 16
Chamberlain 42, Wharton 14
Largo 30, St. Petersburg 0
Orange Park 21, Mainland 20
South Fork 35, Delray Atlantic 28
St. Thomas Aquinas 49, Dillard 8
Charlotte 25, Venice 23
Pine Forest 21, Niceville 18


CLASS 4A
Plant 13, Bradenton Southeast 7
Armwood 50, Tampa Bay Tech 20
Seabreeze 16, Merritt Island 0
Ridgeview 23, Nease 14
Dwyer 31, Fort Pierce Westwood 6
Booker T. Washington 35, Hallandale 19
Fort Walton Beach 14, Pace 13
Lincoln 27, Leon 20


CLASS 3A
Cocoa 17, Ridge Community 0
Pasco 50, Gulf 0
St. Augustine 27, Andrew Jackson 14
Monsignor Pace 13, Glades Central 6
North Marion 49, Williston 7
Naples 17, Dunbar 14
DeSoto County 14, Braden River 7
Godby 48, Arnold 6


CLASS 2A
Tampa Catholic 10, Mulberry 7
Bolles 57, South Sumter 7
Gulliver Prep 26, Archbishop Carroll 14
Madison County 35, Pensacola Catholic 28


CLASS 2B
Frostproof 27, Wildwood 7
Pahokee 45, Davie University 6
Trinity Catholic 27, Newberry 17
Florida High 48, South Walton 7


CLASS 1A
North Florida Christian 33, Wildwood 7
Fort Meade 21, Glades Day 7
Delray American Heritage 42, Dade Christian 12
Port St. Joe 22, West Gadsden 19


CLASS 1B
Victory Christrian 10, Pine Castle Christian 7
Warner Christian 27, Orangewood Christian 21
FAMU DRS 54, Eagle's View 20
Jupiter Christian 55, Upperroom Christian 14

November 24, 2008

Vlad Emilien chooses Michigan

This was not the year that Plantation senior safety Vlad Emilien had looked forward to, but in the end, things are starting to fall into place for the 6-1, 190-pounder.

On Monday, with his team out of the playoffs, Emilien joined teammate Brandon McGee (University of Miami) in announcing his college choice, and the gifted athlete will head to Ann Arbor to play for the Michigan Wolverines.

Injured before the season began, Emilien, one of the top prospects in the state, joins a growing list to follow Rich Rodriguez to Ann Arbor, where the team suffered through a rare (3-9) losing season. But with local players such as Emilien, kicker Brendan Gibbons (West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman), running back Vincent Smith and linebacker Brandin Hawthorne (Pahokee), things are sure to improve.

Emilien chose the Wolverines over Ohio St., Wake Forest, Stanford, South Florida, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In the end, Emilien picked Michigan who stood by him even during his ACL injury. He will enroll in school this January!


LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

Second round state playoff games

There are 15 games on tap this week from the Palm Beaches to South Miami. Go ahead and make your selection and see if you can choose the team to make it to the third round of the state playoffs:

1A
• American Heritage-Delray Beach at Miami-Dade Christian
• Fort Meade at Glades Day

1B
• Lauderhill Upperroom Christian at Jupiter Christian (John I. Leonard High School)

2A
• Miami Gulliver Prep at Miami Archbishop Carroll

2B
• Davie University School at Pahokee


3A
• Glades Central at Monsignor Pace

4A
• Hallandale at Miami Booker T. Washington
• Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer at Fort Pierce Westwood

5A
• Stuart South Fork at Delray Beach Atlantic
• Fort Lauderdale Dillard at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

6A
• Royal Palm Beach at Vero Beach
• Boyd Anderson at Deerfield Beach (Coral Springs High)
• Miramar at Cypress Bay
• Northwestern at Central
• Palmetto at Killian (FIU Stadium)

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

November 20, 2008

Best of South Florida? You choose them!

With the season winding down, all-star teams will soon be chosen by The Miami Herald and other outlets in the region. If you had to make one all-star team of players from Miami-Dade and Broward, regardless of school size or grade, what would be the perfect first team for the nation's elite football region?

Is Eugene Smith your quarterback? How about the trio of Lamar Miller, Brandon Gainer and Devon Wright in the backfield with Gio Bernard, Corvin Lamb, James White and Eduardo Clements moving to the second team?

Who would be your kicker, defensive backfield, linebackers, linemen and receivers? What one head coach would you choose to direct this team?

Let's see who you would pick to face off with Los Angeles, Houston, Cincinnati, Atlanta or Dallas for the best prospect region in the country?

OFFENSE
QB
RB
RB
RB
OL
OL
OL
OL
OL
TE
WR
WR
PK
KICKOFF RETURNER

DEFENSE
DE
DE
DL
DL
LB
LB
LB
CB
CB
S
S
P

HEAD COACH

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

November 17, 2008

The Season is in your hands

TheseasonHopefully, most of you that follow our coverage of high school football in South Florida have also followed our new online video series, The Season.  If you haven't, check it out. We've tried our best to spotlight the top games of the season each week. Sometimes we've guessed right (see: Booker T.-Northwestern, South Dade-Palmetto), sometimes we've missed (blowouts like Coral Gables-Columbus and Doral-Archbishop Carroll).

From the start of this project we've both anticipated and feared this coming week of football action. With playoffs here, all the games are good, all are compelling, and all have their own legion of devoted fans. In the past week, those of us involved in the high schools section have debated which game is most worthy of The Season's attention this week. Everyone has a different opinion, and they are all valid ones. So, we've decided to let you decide.

Just visit the Miami Herald High School Sports main page, scroll down to the Web Vote section and make your choice. We've pared the games down to three options:

Miramar vs. Carol City: One of the worst-kept secrets in South Florida football is that blue chip quarterback Eugene Smith (along with several teammates) was supposed to go to Carol City, but chose Miramar in order to better showcase his skills. That, along with Carol City's resurgance under new head coach Harold Barnwell, makes for some interesting storylines.

Northwestern vs. Columbus: Coach Chris Merritt reminded everyone after last week's game that football "is a four-quarter game", and his team proved it with a late comeback against Killian to finish unbeaten in the regular season. Will it all go for nothing against a Northwestern team that hasn't lost a playoff game in three years?

Southwest vs. Palmetto: I challenge you (coaches, players and parents aside) to name me three players on this year's Eagles team. I dare you. Hey, I see you googling them. But really, Southwest is in the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, and their efforts have been rewarded with a date against Palmetto and Jamaal Berry, the tailback tabbed by some as the best in the country.

So there you go, you have your choices. Right now it looks like The West is out to a big lead. Come on, Chiefs' and Panthers' fans, let your voices be heard!

November 14, 2008

Cavaliers make it 52-1-2 against Southwest

While this was to be a rebuilding season for coach Joe Montoya and his Coral Gables football teams, the Cavaliers will head into next Thursday night's first round playoff game against district champion Central with an impressive 9-1 record.

On Thursday night, the Cavaliers, ran their all-time record against Southwest Miami to an amazing 52-1-2, which I have followed for many of those games throughout the years. This used to be the Thanksgiving morning game at the fabled Central Stadium when legendary Nick Kotys and Coral Gables would trot out some 110 players – in uniform against the Eagles, who were always intimidated by the sheer number of players this school had on the varsity roster.

While many of the starters for Southwest were rested against the Cavaliers, you have to give credit to this Coral Gables team that was to use this season as a rebuilding campaign, but instead finds itself heading into the Central game on a roll – with some very young and impressive athletes.

Sophomore linebacker Denzel Perryman (5-11, 200) is everything many have said he was. Keep in mind, this quality football talent is young and he has a long way to go, but you have love the direction in which he is moving. He is impressive – to say the least – and it makes you believe that former Cavalier Jon Vilma was right when saying he will be the next great player in a long line of football talent at this school.

Perryman is not alone. The future is bright with ninth grade linebacker Tyler Tarlin (5-9, 165), and sophomore running back Shaquille Cooper (5-6, 150) and offensive lineman Gabriel Pou (6-1, 220), the brother of University of Miami lineman Alex Pou.

The junior class is where Montoya believes this team will continue to get better over the next year. Running back Jarvis Bridge is lightning quick and very elusive. Although small at 5-8, 155, he is that perfect Mid American Conference player. Also, quarterback Patrick McCain (6-3, 195) has grasped the system and is looking very good.

Other players who have stepped up for Coral Gables include running back Edward Smith (5-8, 155), talented receiver Andre Gutierez (6-0, 200), who was impressive against the Eagles, defensive lineman Sean Prieto (6-2, 230) and offensive lineman Lawrence De'ronzy, a 6-1, 326-pounder.

The Cavaliers have other players who have continued to improve and will be special for the future.

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

November 13, 2008

The Countdown

The latest edition of The Countdown is now up and available for your listening pleasure. This week, host Manny Navarro and High School Sports Editor Andre C. Fernandez preview the final week of the regular season and discuss all the big stories including Miramar quarterback Eugene Smith's commitment to West Virginia and his date with No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas, Columbus' rise to the No. 1 spot in the Class 6A state football poll and the big showdown between Coral Gables and Southwest this week.


November 12, 2008

Render will join area players at WVU

As we continue to stay on top of the local players here in South Florida, we wanted bring you news from California, where former Northwestern and Sunset safety Arthur Render will join newly-committed West Virginia University players Eugene Smith and Stedman Bailey (Miramar).

Render (5-11, 185) attends Palomar Junior College, and even though he committed to the Mountaineers back in the summer, schools such as Kansas St., Middle Tennessee St., Oregon, Auburn, Baylor and Oklahoma St. continue to watch his progress.

Render is already familiar with Daquan Hargrett from Northwestern, who is one of the many locals the Mountaineers have recruited for the upcoming class.

In addition to Render, other South Floridians at Palomar include Martavious Lee, WR, 6-2, 180, Fr., Coral Gables; Willie Lucas, OL, 6-1, 330, Fr., Central; Paul Moore, WR, 5-10, 170, Fr., Central and Arthur Williams, TE, 6-4, 270, Fr., Carol City.

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com