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Bender, Welsh and Blair on radio

This week's Maroone High School Gridiron Report on WQAM (560 AM - www.wqam.com) is all about the teams who have made it through the first three weeks of the season unbeaten.

Larry Blustein will welcome in three key players in south Florida high school football so far this young season on Tuesday night between 9-10.

Cardinal Gibbons quarterback Chase Bender, Miami High head coach Frank Welsh and Boyd Anderson first year head coach Wayne Blair will showcase their under the radar programs for an hour.

As Cardinal Gibbons continues to win football games, the name CHASE BENDER will only become greater to those who recruit and scout football.

At 6-3, 180-pounds, this gifted senior has made major strides over the past year, and when talented quarterbacks are talked about, this is a player who certainly has to be in that conversation.

Leading his Chiefs to a 3-0 record to start the year, Bender and his teammates made history last Friday by playing in the first ever on-campus night football game under the lights at the northeast Fort Lauderdale facility. The Chiefs beat Stranahan and will now open the district schedule on Thursday at Pompano Beach.

For those who have not followed football in south Florida, or are not up on the history, when it comes to football, the Miami High Stingarees get a lifetime pass.

For those decades of the 40s, 50s and into the 60s, Miami High dominated the area, state and nation with elite players and those who made a major impact on the sport locally.

Today, Welsh's teams are much different with the overwhelming growth of the region through the years, but this is a program that is not resting on the past. Miami High made the playoffs last year - behind Columbus - and have proven that they will fight for a spot once again.

This is a program that spent plenty of time in the off season, getting better and being exposed to an elite level of play.

Coach Welsh and his Stingarees will be tested against district foe Columbus this week, The state's No. 1 8A team!

If you knew how Wayne Blair arrived at where he is right now - in the midst of a 3-0 start, at a school that has cried out for leadership - on and off the playing field for years/decades - you would understand what the Boyd Anderson Cobras have walking their sideline.

What Boyd Anderson did, when the powers hired Blair during the summer to take over the program, was hire someone who would add discipline, positive classroom work habits and teach football. Football that he learned at St. Thomas Aquinas, Tulane University, professionally and from other coaches along the way - including fellow Raider Roger Harriott at University School.

The Cobras will enter district play this week against 0-3 Northeast, which is in need of a win.

If you miss the show, you can catch it all archived on http://sfhighschoolsports.com/