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Caffey, Hudge and Heidelberg on radio

The Maroone High School Gridiron Report gets back into the playoff swing this Wednesday night with an impressive show on WQAM (560 AM).

Larry Blustein will talk third round playoffs with Booker T. Washington linebacker Kevon Caffey, Miramar quarterback Cameron Hudge and Norland head coach Daryle Heidelburg from 9-10 p.m.

Over the past three years, Booker T. Washington has been setting the table for a run that would be loaded with talent and great coaching.

With the return of Tim "Ice" Harris as head coach, things improved dramatically this year. As early as spring, many could tell that this was a team of the future - and present.

With so many young players making major contributions this year, as the 11-1 Tornadoes get set to host three-time defending state champion Cocoa on Friday night at Curtis Park, there is a senior who has watched all of this evolve the past few years.

Kevin Caffey is a 5-9, 185 pound linebacker on a defense that is so gifted, sophomores and juniors are already being nationally recruited and viewed by college coaches across the nation.

What Caffey has provided this season is a mature, experienced player who patrols the defense. While he may not be 6-3, 230 or run a blazing 40, this is an athlete who males plays.

After Geno Smith left Miramar, and Ryan Williams had an impressive one-year run toward a state title, many felt that there was no way the Patriots would able to find another quarterback who could move the offense and control the game with a huge line and a top-flight receiving corps.

After looking at several prospects, the one that many never gave a second thought, would not only emerge with the job, but also gain the respect and admiration of every player and coach on the team. Hudge has not only passed his way into the hearts of fans all over Broward County, but he has proven to be one of South Florida's best.

As the unbeaten (11-0) Patriots get ready to host Palm Beach Gardens on Friday, it will be Hudge, directing an offense that has been very tough to stop. Finally, the respect he truly deserves for monumental wins against Norland (pre-season), St. Thomas Aquinas and Cypress Bay twice.

Last year, Norland surprised everyone when they reached the state championship game, losing to Tampa Jefferson. While many predicted the Vikings to lose to Jefferson, it was the way they lost that has served as motivation for this gifted program.

What Coach Heidelburg learned from that loss to Jefferson is that if you start slow against great teams, it will be tougher to come back. Finishing games has been a priority for the Vikings who have scored points at a record pace.

When he came back to his alma mater three years ago, after turning Edison around, Heidelburg knew the formula to winning was keeping his kids home, and as they head toward an unbeaten showdown at Glades Central on Friday night, mission accomplished, so far!

As he does every week, Jonah Woullard from Generation Nexxt stops by to take a look at the top teams and players.

This week, we take a look back at the playoffs and what's ahead over the next few weeks.

Miss the show live? You can catch it any time on http://sfhighschoolsports.com/ or live streaming at www.wqam.com.