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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

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David Cole

Holy crap. I knew the Eagles' record against Gables was bad, but not THAT bad.

I went to SW and was on the varsity team in 1981 when we played Sunset instead of Coral Gables for Homecoming that year. I think we'd always scheduled Gables for homecoming and we'd always lost; that was the first year we'd ever won our homecoming game and finished with a winning record (we were 5-5 that year).

You would have thought we'd won the state championship after that game. We were doing wind sprints across the Tropical Park field AFTER the game because we were so happy.

Perhaps this year SW took a longer view since they made the playoffs - I'm very proud of them for this accomplishment and hope they have a good run.

Grover Salzer

SW Eagles lose, nothing new. I watch SW lose 7-6 in 1961 when Dan Calabrese missed an extra point. Ron Pascarella, FB ran all over Gables that day, but to no avail.

Grover Salzer

SW Eagles lose, nothing new. I watch SW lose 7-6 in 1961 when Dan Calabrese missed an extra point. Ron Pascarella, FB ran all over Gables that day, but to no avail.

Mark Williams

In 1979, we lost 7-6 in overtime. We scored on the first play and missed the extra point. A facemask penalty on fourth down gave Gables a second life and they scored and kicked the PAT to win. Next year, we played to a 0-0 game at the end of the first quarter, scored early in the second quarter and then Rodney Bellinger went nuts on us and the score ended 56-7. Such are the ups and downs of Southwest football.

Laz Marquez

Sad to hear we lost to Gables. But at the same time it's great to see the Eagles in the playoffs!! GO EAGLES!!!!

DAVID JORDON

I STILL THAT THIS TEAM IS GOOD - THEY ARE YOUNG AND THEY CAN DO IT. I LIKE JARVIS AND THE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN LAWRENCE. I LIKE SEEING WHEN THE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN LAWRENCE BLOCKS RESULTING IN A PASSAGE WAY FOR JARVIS TO RUN THROUGH. TO ME THAT IS A GOOD PLAY AND ALSO WHEN THEY RUN BEHIND THE LINEMAN LAWRENCE.

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