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Brodsky Award Dinner spotlights locals

With the 6th Annual Joe Brodsky Awards Banquet on the horizon next week, the South Florida Touchdown Club has released its winners Small_td
of Outstanding High School Football Athletes and Coach of the Year for the 2010 season.

Leading the list is Miami Central running back Devonta Freeman who is the Class 4A-Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year while Coral Gables linebacker Denzel Perryman will take home 4A-6A Defensive Player of the Year honors. Miami Norland defensive lineman Omar McFarlane was named the 1A-3A Defensive Player of the Year while Nicholas Busse, a center from Belen Jesuit was named 1A-3A Offensive Player of the Year. All four players were named to the Miami Herald’s First Team All-County squad.

After leading his team to its first-ever state championship last December, Miami Central’s Telly Lockette was named the Coach of the Year.

All will be on hand next Wednesday night, April 27 when the Touchdown Club holds its annual banquet. Brodsky was a legendary coach in Miami-Dade County in the 60s and 70s and led the Hialeah-Miami Lakes Trojans, when the school had only been opened two years, to the 1975 state football championship.

In honor of him, this year’s Awards Banquet will be held at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School beginning at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails followed by the dinner/awards ceremony at 7:15 p.m.

Former University of Miami standout and current radio analyst for the Canes, Don Bailey Jr. will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

Freeman ran through, around and over opponents all last season finishing with 2,208 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns in leading the Rockets past Orlando Dr. Phillips in the Class 6A state championship game on Dec. 18 and has taken his talents to Florida State University, where he had an outs6tanding spring for the Seminoles.

Even though Gables failed to make the postseason, Perryman still had a huge year as he recorded an eye-popping 134 tackles and had seven sacks as well. He won’t have to go very far to play his college football as Perryman will attend the University of Miami right down the road next fall and play for new head coach Al Golden.

McFarlane was a near immovable object on the defensive front line as he helped lead the Vikings to the Class 3A state championship game where they lost to Tampa Jefferson. A four-year starter, McFarlane racked up 80 tackles and 14 sacks in 2010.

As a junior in 2009, Busse helped anchor a veteran offensive line with 36 pancake blocks as the Wolverines put together a magical run all the way to the Class 3A state championship game before losing to Pensacola. Last season he recorded 47 more “pancakes” and was the only senior on the offensive line as Belen won its second straight district championship. Like Freeman, Busse will take his football talents to Florida State next fall.

Tickets for the event are $60 per person or $500 for a table of 10 and can be purchased by calling the Touchdown Club hotline at 305-477-1815 or by email at event@brodskyawards.com.