This past weekend, one of the emerging 3A programs in Florida finally had the chance to showcase some of the most underexposed athletes in the state when coach Sedric Irvin’s Miami Westminster Christian Warriors surprised a 44-team field to take home the team title.
In becoming the first program from south Florida to capture this quality event that is loaded with Hillsborough, Pinellas and gulf coast area teams, the Warriors won 11 of 12 games and gave the west coast fans a glimpse of what could be one of the real forces this coming season.
In a tournament that came down to a defensive battle – with the Warriors beating Tampa Bay Tech, 12-7, in the finale, it was actually the offense that clicked – and continued to click.
“We told this team during the spring that we would outwork any team on our schedule,” Irvin said. “I believe that after three years, they understand that you get out what you put in – to anything.”
Irvin watched his quarterback Hunter Boyett, one of the under the radar 2014 prospects, completely take over a stage that was filled with some of the state’s top passers. Boyett threw just one interception in two days and had 29 touchdown passes.
As Boyett continued to climb that publicity ladder, junior transfer Devonaire Clarington, who came from Miami Southridge, dominated, coming up with several key game-winning catches. His reception with time running out against Tampa Bay Tech was the difference maker.
Boyett’s performance may have come as a surprise to some, but to Irvin and this quality team, he did what he has been doing since being healthy.
“I have said all along that there are not too many quarterbacks who are even close to being at Hunter’s level,” Irvin said. “I think this weekend, he more than backed that up. He was the leader he’s been since I arrived here.”
In addition to Boyett and Clarington. 2015 standouts Jordan Cronkite and Tim Irvin, and Class of 2016 difference maker Tony Gaiter, Jr., the son of one-time University of Miami standout Tony Gaiter, Sr.
"There were so many key performers this weekend," Irvin said. "This is honestly a team effort."
Among the programs at this year’s event included Seffner Armwood, Tampa Wharton, Haines City, Jacksonville Lee, Jacksonville Ribault, St. Petersburg Dixie Hollins, Tampa Middleton, Sarasota, Naples, Fort Myers, Land O’Lakes, Palm Harbor University and Pierce County, Ga.), which handed Westminster Christian its only loss. Davie Western also made a great showing as well.
Cleveland, OH - Carol City High School, representing the Miami Dolphins, reached the NFL High School Player Development National 7-on-7 Tournament’s championship game, but fell just short, 24-14, to the team representing the Detroit Lions. This was the fifth consecutive year that a team representing the Dolphins reached the championship game.
“The kids played the tournament with a lot of courage and a lot of heart and represented South Florida and the Dolphins really well,” Carol City Assistant Coach Andre Stafford said. “They fought until the end, but it’s a tough loss to deal with. It doesn’t feel too good, but it’s a good reminder how to continue to work hard and not give up.”
Carol City suffered only one loss throughout the tournament before being defeated by the Detroit Lions. The Chiefs went 4-1 on Day 1 of the tournament, and won their first six games on Day 2 before dropping the finale. Carol City outscored its opponents, 413-261, over both days of the tournament and won by an average margin of 16.3 points in victories.
Carol City quarterback Trayon Gray and wide receiver Theodore Hammonds led the way for the Chiefs. Gray threw 56 touchdowns over the two days of games, with many of them going to Hammonds. Hammonds also had six interceptions in the tournament.
Carol City began single elimination games with a narrow victory over the team representing the New York Jets, 28-21. They then defeated the team representing the New England Patriots, 28-21, to go undefeated in division play.
Carol City got its biggest test in the Elite 8 against the team representing the Pittsburgh Steelers, when they used a 44-yard touchdown in overtime to move on to the semi-finals. Carol City booked its ticket to the championship match by beating the team representing the Denver Broncos 38-21.
“Obviously, this is a tough loss to swallow for Carol City. The kids fought hard, and I admire their scrappy grit and competiveness,” Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Director Twan Russell said. “There was never a sign of quit in them and our organization cannot be more proud of them and Carol City High School. This experience in competing against other teams on a national level will give them great momentum heading into their season.”
Despite the disappointment, Carol City feels that the loss can be a learning lesson and build chemistry for their upcoming season.
“This builds momentum because we have chemistry now, and we are learning how to play together,” Gray said. “It’s going to have good impact on our season.”
For more information on the Miami Dolphins Youth Football Clinic, Youth Football Camps, or school visits, contact the Miami Dolphins Youth and Community Programs Department at (305) 943-7272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional photos of the tournament, visit the Dolphins Academy Facebook page.
(Photo Credit Miami Dolphins)
We are trying to give every football player in the state of Florida exposure. While there is no guarantee that every athlete listed will be offered a collegiate scholarship, the names are out there for colleges and universities to check out.
You can do your part by making sure that the names, schools and other information is correct. We have contacted every high school coach in the state who has also provided us with game film of teams and players, which helps us evaluate every player who puts on a uniform in the state of Florida.
We provide this service, along with other information to help the recruiting experience. Keep in mind, in the off season, we add over 100 names per week to these lists!
If you have prospects to add to this ongoing list, please send player information and video (You Tube/Hudl) link to Larry Blustein at Floridakids1@aol.com.
2017 LAST UPDATED: August 29, 2013.
Noah Curtis, 6-2, 175, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer.
Thomas "TJ" Jones, 6-1, 165, Tallahassee Lincoln.
Kevin Knox, 6-4, 170, Tampa Catholic.
Peyton Scharinger, 6-1 165, Tallahassee Godby.
Taylor Ballinger, 5-9, 166, Miami Killian.
Lashawn Lighthill Barber, 5-9, 175, Melbourne.
Ednar Bruno, 5-10, 175, Florida City Barrington Christian Academy.
Kyshaun Bryan, 5-10, 170, Plantation American Heritage.
Mike Epstein, 5-11, 180, Weston Cypress Bay.
Giavante Evans, 5-8, 155, Delray American Heritage.
Demarcus Lindsey, 5-10, 170, Crawfordville Wakulla.
Marquis Mickens, 5-9, 175, Oviedo.
Willie Parker, 5-10, 190, Tampa Carrollwood Day.
(FB) - Terrell Powell, 5-9, 180, Tallahassee FAMU.
Alec Sinkfield, 5-8, 160, Delray American Heritage.
Chauncey Smart, 5-7, 160, Eagle Lake Lake Region.
Devan Barrett, Athlete, 6-0, 180, Tampa Catholic.
Joe Burgess, 6-0, 180, Tampa Blake.
Kareem Jones, 5-10, 160, Florida City Barrington Christian Academy.
Cortavious Kelty, 6-1, 170, Fort Myers Evangelical Christian.
Bentlee Sanders, 5-10, 160, Tampa Catholic.
Jeffery Ysma, 6-1, 170, Tampa Sickles.
Jake Hanson, 6-2, 210, Jupiter.
Dontavis Johnson, 6-2, 268, Florida City Barrington Christian Academy.
Marquon Bivins, 6-3, 280, New Smryna Beach.
(DE) - Zachary Carter, 6-5, 215, Tampa Hillsborough.
(DE) - Camron Cotman, 5-9, 170, St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut.
Robert Holmes, 6-5, 330, West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy.
(DE) - Paul Taylor, 6-4, 210, Tampa Bay Tech.
B.J. Daniels, 6-0, 175, Melbourne.
Dylan Meeks, 6-1, 212, Orlando Dr. Phillips.
Terrell Powell, 5-7, 170, Tallahassee FAMU.
Chris Ceasar, DB/RB, 5-7, 160, Fort Myers Evangelical Christian.
Noah Motto, 5-9, 175, Daytona Beach Seabreeze.
Ryan Shelton, 5-9, 175, Port Orange Spruce Creek.
As the authority of youth football in south Florida, Generation Nexxt has released its first look at the incoming freshman class on high school prospects.
Generation Nexxt is out on every youth football field from the Florida Keys to Boynton Beach during the course of a season, making sure that you have the latest on these quality football prospects.
Here is a look at the top prospects for the Class of 2017. Changes will be made, so if there are any prospects to add - or change of schools, please drop us a note at Floridakids1@aol.com.
LAST UPDATED: July 12, 2013.
Jordan Merrill, Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes – (FORT LAUDERDALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL).
Faion Hicks, Davie Broncos – (FORT LAUDERDALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL).
Jonathan Moore, Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes – (FORT LAUDERDALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL).
Danny Fleury, Sunrise Gators – (FORT LAUDERDALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL).
Dionte Miles, Miami Gardens Bulldogs – (PLANTATION AMERICAN HERITAGE).
Shonda Gordon, Tamarac Cougars - (CORAL SPRINGS TARAVELLA).
Matthew Gross, West Boca Dragons – (WEST BOCA RATON).
Orlando Hidalgo, Coral Gables – (MIAMI CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS).
Stanford Samuels III, Pasadena Panthers – (PEMBROKE PINES FLANAGAN).
Robert Robinson, Overtown Rattlers – (MIAMI NORTHWESTERN).
Antonio Sheppard, Lauderdale Lakes Vikings – (PLANTATION AMERICAN HERITAGE).
Alton Jordon, Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes – (DEERFIELD BEACH).
Kobe Green, Tamarac Cougars – (COCONUT CREEK MONARCH).
Giavante Evans, Boca Braves – (DEERFIELD BEACH).
Arthur Mann, Gwen Cherry Bulls – (MIAMI NORTHWESTERN).
Daniel Dorisca, Hialeah Cougars – (HIALEAH GARDENS MATER ACADEMY).
Arkeem Chatfield, NW Boys & Girls Club – (CORAL GABLES).
James Houston (RB) Weston Warriors – (PLANTATION AMERICAN HERITAGE).
K.J. Love, Tamarac Cougars - (COCONUT CREEK MONARCH).
Craig Nelson, Pasadena Panthers – (MIAMI BOOKER T. WASINGTON).
Leroy Henley, Tamarac Cougars – (FORT LAUDERDALE CARDINAL GIBBONS).
Anthony Wilson, NW Boys & Girls Club – (MIAMI CENTRAL).
Johntavius Butler, Davie Broncos – (UNDECIDED).
Milan Lemon, Davie Broncos – (FORT LAUDERDALE CARDINAL GIBBONS).
Michael Harley, Lauderdale Lakes Vikings – (LOVEJOY, GA.).
Michael Carrion, Coconut Creek Eagles – (CORAL SPRINGS CHARTER).
Ruben Ramirez Jr., Pasadena Panthers – (HOLLYWOOD CHAMINADE-MADONNA).
Karon Brown, Pasadena Panthers – (MIRAMAR).
Mershawn Miller, Miami Gardens Vikings – (MIAMI NORLAND).
Jonathan Renko, W. Boca Dragons – (BOCA RATON OLYMPIC HEIGHTS.
Torria Young, Lauderdale Lakes Vikings – (FORT LAUDERDALE).
Joshua DePete, Lauderdale Lakes Vikings – (OAKLAND PARK NORTHEAST).
Tyriq Taylor, Washington Park Bucs – (HOLLYWOOD HILLS).
Jonathan Ford, Lauderdale Lakes Vikings – (FORT LAUDERDALE DILLARD).
Brandon James, Palmetto Raiders – (MIAMI GULLIVER PREP).
Keandre Gonzalez, Washington Park Bucs – (HALLANDALE).
George Ellis, Miami Gardens Vikings - (UNDECIDED).
Austin Chacon, Coral Gables Cavaliers – (MIAMI CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS).
David Goodwin, N. Broward Raiders – (COCONUT CREEK).
Jonathan Resnick, W. Boca Dragons – (FORT LAUDERDALE ST. THOMAS AQUINAS).
Danny Montoya, Weston Warriors – (WESTON CYPRESS BAY).
Brandon Halas, Coconut Creek Eagles - (FORT LAUDERDALE ST. THOMAS AQUINAS).
Sammy Laster, Pasadena Panthers – (MIAMI BOOKER T. WASHINGTON).
Lynn Bryant, NW Boys & Girls Club – (HIALEAH).
DeAngelo Eiland, Miami Gardens Bulldogs – (MIAMI CAROL CITY).
Tyrone Mills, Palmetto Raiders – (HOMESTEAD).
Ryan James, Washington Park Bucs – (HOLLYWOOD MCARTHUR).
Trajan Brandy, Kendall Boys & Girls Club – (MIAMI CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS).
Jonathan Moreland, Washington Park Bucs – (MIAMI DR. KROP).
Jaylen Floyd, Pasadena Panthers – (MIAMI-DADE CHRISTIAN).
THE CLASS OF 2017 WATCHLIST
Jotavious Barrett, RB/DB, Palmetto Raiders (MIAMI SOUTHRIDGE).
Kyshaun Bryan, RB, Coral Springs (PLANTATION AMERICAN HERITAGE).
Gene Davis, QB, Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes (FORT LAUDERDALE STRANAHAN).
Darius Flowers, QB/WR, Palmetto Raiders (MIAMI FELIX VARELA).
Nicholas Gonzalez, QB, Kendall Boys & Girls Kolts (MIAMI CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS).
Emmanuel Greene, Athlete, Northwest Broward (COCONUT CREEK).
Devonta Lopez, DB, Palmetto Bay Broncos (SOUTHWEST MIAMI).
Quevon Miller, WR/DB, Palmetto Raiders (HOMESTEAD SOUTH DADE).
Hunter Moreno, OL/LB, Palmetto Panthers (MIAMI GULLIVER PREP).
Khalajuwan Murat, RB/DB, Miami Gardens Ravens (MIAMI NORLAND).
Tyrese Reaves, DB, West Park Hurricanes (MIAMI NORLAND).
Nakia Robinson, Jr., Athlete, Gwen Cherry (MIAMI JACKSON).
Kevin Romer, WR, Palmetto Bay Broncos (CORAL GABLES).
Emmanuel Watson, RB/DB, Palmetto Raiders (HOMESTEAD SOUTH DADE).
Anthony White, WR/DB, West Park Hurricanes (UNDECIDED).
Congratulations to Thomas Burns of the Miami Northwest Express Club for receiving gold medals in the youth boys 110H at 14.15, 200H at 24.32 and 400m at 51.07 at the 2013 Track & Field Youth Nationals.
Burns happens to be the younger brother of current University of Miami defensive back Artie Burns – who is still among the nation’s fastest athletes.