As we approach the halfway point of the regular season, the Maroone High School Gridiron Report kicks in into high gear this week with an impressive guest list on Wednesday night (9-10) on WQAM (560 AM).
Larry Blustein and Mike Levine will welcome in Camden County, Ga. Hall of Fame head football coach Jeff Herron, Miami Booker T. Washington senior defensive tackle Elkino Watson and Cooper City High first year head coach Art Taylor to this week's show.
CAMDEN COUNTY ON A ROLL
When many football fans think about high school football in the state of Georgia, schools such as Valdosta, Warner Robbins, Brooks County, Macon County and several other top programs always join the conversation. But one of the elite programs that gets it done year after year are the Wildcats of Camden County.
Already knocking off nationally-rated South Florida power, Miami Central, earlier this season, Camden County has earned a national rating, and when they head to Fort Lauderdale on Friday for a clash with the Raiders, winning will be a priority for a team that is used to being in the national spotlight.
The two-time defending state champions head south with plenty of talent including seniors, QB Joel Ruiz (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) and kicker Matt Ehasz. Another team leader is sophomore sensation J.J. Green (5-9, 165), who started 15 games last year as a freshman — which was a first for any Herron-coached teams.
In addition, you have RB Kenny Hutchinson (blazing speed), WR Jalen Simmons (6-foot-3), DB Vishawn Williams, QB Brice Ramsey and LB Quan Brock.
WATSON IS THE REAL DEAL
With so many key losses from last year, it's amazing that Booker T. Washington has been able to remain one of the top 3A teams in the state, and at the center of it all is Watson, who is easily one of the state's top players.
The 6-2, 265-pound Watson has already been offered by such schools as Duke, UCF, Georgia Tech, USF, Louisville and Minnesota to name just a few.
Watson and his teammates will have their hands full on Saturday night as they lineup against the No. 1 6A team in he state, Miami Northwestern, at Traz Powell Stadium!
No matter where he has been in his brilliant coaching career, Taylor has been able to get the most out of his teams. This year, the veteran coach landed in Cooper City, and after the first three weeks of the season, his Cowboys are unbeaten as he has been able to build in a short period of time. Last year, Cooper City was able to win just once.
Taylor and his Cowboys will have a huge challenge this week in the Annual "Hog Bowl" against Western.
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