December 19, 2014

Northwestern hires Max Edwards as new football coach

            Miami Northwestern is hoping a familiar face from its coaching past can get its football program back to an elite level.

            The Bulls hired former assistant Max Edwards as its new head coach Friday three weeks after opening the position for hiring.

            Edwards coached at Northwestern from 1998 to 2004 under Billy Rolle and later Roland Smith, whom he now coached with the past five seasons at Central.

Edwards, 48, has been Central’s defensive coordinator during that time and a pivotal part of the Rockets becoming the first Miami-Dade County team to win four state titles in a five-year span and the first to go to state five consecutive seasons. The Rockets, ranked No. 6 nationally by USA Today, also earned an invite to the inaugural State Champions Bowl Series Dec. 27 in Boca Raton.

Edwards’ defense posted 83 sacks and was one of the most ferocious in the nation this season. He has been a part of six state championship teams during his 22 years coaching in Dade.

            During his first stint at Northwestern, Edwards was a part of the 1998 state championship team and later coached at Booker T. Washington from 2006-2009 under Tim “Ice” Harris, helping the Tornadoes win a state title in 2007. Edwards also briefly coached at Miami Jackson, his alma mater.

            Edwards replaces Eddie “Rabbit” Brown, who coached the Bulls this past season, leading            them to a 5-6 record and to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Brown was suspended for Northwestern’s first-round playoff loss to Hallandale. The position was opened for hiring in late November.

            Edwards becomes Northwestern’s third head coach since 2011. The Bulls have made the playoffs twice in the past four seasons after a county-record run of 19 consecutive appearances from 1992-2010.

January 31, 2014

Booker T. officially presented MaxPreps national championship trophy

At a ceremony Friday morning at the school's auditorium that was even attended by a couple of college coaches including Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, MaxPreps presented Booker T. Washington with its official national championship trophy.

The Tornadoes won their second consecutive Class 4A state title this season going 14-0 with two road victories over nationally-ranked opponents and a home win against then No. 2-ranked Miami Central.

Booker T. was voted the consensus No. 1 and will have another national championship presentation Feb. 12 when USA Today plans to come by the school.

Here's an interview with coach Tim "Ice" Harris.

January 06, 2014

AP Class 2A All-State football teams (Dade/Broward players in bold type)

Class 2A First Team Offense

QB _ Drew Eckels, 6-4 190, Sr.; South Daytona Warner Christian

RB _ Jonathan Vickers, 6-0 205, Sr.; TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

RB _ Demaris Tillmon, 5-11 185, Jr.; South Daytona Warner Christian

WR _ Chris Philpott, 6-4 195, Jr.; TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

WR _ Michael Smith, 5-11 175, Jr.; Tampa Carrollwood

WR _ Nekari Jones, 6-0 185, Sr.; Lakeland Victory Christian

OL _ Josh Allen, 6-3 290, Sr.; JacksonvilleUniversity Christian

OL _ Alex Harrison, 6-2 265, Jr.; TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

OL _ Austin Harold, 6-1 270, Sr.; South Daytona Warner Christian

OL _ Seth Penner, 6-2 305, Jr.; Naples First Baptist

OL _ Dillon McGahee, 6-1 230, Sr.; Belle Glade Glades Day

K _ Jordan Bennett, 6-1 170, Jr.; TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

UT _ Theo Anderson, 6-0 180 So., Largo Indian Rocks Christian


First Team Defense

DL _ Dennis Williams, 6-1 270, Sr.; South Daytona Warner Christian

DL _ Antonio Simmons, 6-3 215, Sr.; JacksonvilleUniversity Christian

DL _ Kevin Bronson, 6-2 300, Sr.; Delray BeachVillageAcademy

DL _ Kedrick Labady, 6-0 215, Jr.; Hialeah Champagnat

LB _ Zach Williams, 5-10 190, Jr.; Naples First Baptist

LB _ Kevin Coy, 6-0 220, Sr.; Lakeland Victory Christian

LB _ Trey Paytas, 5-10 190, Sr.; South Daytona Warner Christian

DB _ Malik Jackson, 5-11 185, Jr.; Hialeah Champagnat

DB _ Jake Stoshak, 6-0 180, Sr.; JacksonvilleUniversity Christian

DB _ Gerald Robinson, 5-11 175, Jr.; Hialeah Champagnat

DB _ Josh Preston, 6-4 170, Jr.; Destin Rocky Bayou

P _ Trevor Smith, 6-2 170, Jr.; TampaCambridge

UT _ Damien King, 5-10 165, Jr.; Largo Indian Rocks Christian


Second Team Offense

QB _ Kato Nelson, 5-11 170, So., Hialeah Champagnat

RB _ Hussein Howe, 6-0 170, So., JacksonvilleUniversity Christian

RB _ Christian Rodriguez, 5-8 175, Jr.; Naples First Baptist

WR _ Riley Escalle, 6-3 185, Sr.; Fort Myers Evangelical Christian

WR _ Tyrone Walker, 5-9 180, Sr.; South Daytona Warner Christian

WR _ Darnell Salomon, 6-0 185, So.; Hialeah Champagnat

OL _ Josh Nicholls, 5-11 270, Sr.; JacksonvilleUniversity Christian

OL _ Jad Shaloub, 5-11 235, Sr.; Vero Beach St Edward's

OL _ Jordan Heldreth, 6-5 260, Sr.; South Daytona Warner Christian

OL _ Jacob McBryde, 6-3 265, Sr.; Largo Indian Rocks Christian

OL _ Jonathan Perez, 6-0 240, Sr.; Dade Christian

K _ Preston Clark, 6-0 160, Sr.; JacksonvilleUniversity Christian

UT _ Elias Early, 5-7 167, Jr.; Tampa Carrollwood


Second Team Defense

DL _ Lonnie Marts III, 6-2 220, Sr.; Jacksonville Harvest Community

DL _ Will Mercer, 6-0 300, Jr.; Belle Glade Glades Day

DL _ Travonte Valentine, 6-4 320, Sr.; Hialeah Champagnat

DL _ Chris Nelson, 6-3 295, Sr.; Lakeland Victory Christian

LB _ Myles Edwards, 6-1 190, Sr.; Quincy Munroe

LB _ Jim Jones, 6-0 220, Jr.; Tallahassee FAMU

LB _ Dominic Cuono, 6-2 220, Sr.; Tampa Carrollwood

DB _ Denzel Irvin, 6-0 190, Sr.; WinterGardenFoundationAcademy

DB _ Max Frankel, 6-0 205, Jr.; Tampa Carrollwood

DB _ Kevon Spence, 5-11 180, Jr.; Belle Glade Glades Day

DB _ Antione Webster, 5-11 175, So.; Hialeah Champagnat

P _ Stephen Yaffe, 6-0 170, So.; Tampa Carrollwood

UT _ Jesus Jimenez, 5-7 140, Sr.; St AugustineFlorida Deaf


Honorable Mention

QB Caleb Lewis, 6-4 200, Jr.; Lakeland Victory Christian; QB Justin Moore, 6-0 205, Sr.; Tallahassee North Florida Christian; QB Taylor King, 6-4 220, Sr.; Tampa Carrollwood; QB Caleb Chapman, 6-3 205, Sr.; Fort Myers Evangelical Christian; QB Garrett Young, 6-1 170, Jr.; Tampa Cambridge; RB Levi Derry, 5-8 175, Sr.; Destin Rocky Bayou; RB Zeke McGaughy, 5-8 150, So.; Largo Indian Rocks Christian; RB Byron Masoline, 5-8 170, Sr. Leesburg First Academy; RB Tamarious Bowes, 6-1 235, Sr.; Jacksonville University Christian; WR Jordan Player, 6-0 200, Sr.; Jupiter Christian; WR Steven Claude, 6-2 185, Jr.; Hialeah Champagnat; UT Franklin Labady, 5-7 165, Sr.; Hialeah Champaganat; UT Darrion Cohens, 5-7 165, Sr.; Moore Haven; DL Malcolm Hills, 6-3 260, Sr.; Jacksonville University Christian; DL R.J. Harris, 6-3 260, Jr.; Tallahassee North Florida Christian; LB Darius Irvin, 6-2 200, Jr.; Winter Garden Foundation Academy; LB TreDez Jones, 6-1 210, Soph.; Tallahassee North Florida Christian; DB Brice Ford, 5-10 170, Jr.; Lakeland Victory Christian; DB Donte Fields, 6-1 165, Sr.; Tallahassee FAMU.

January 04, 2014

Champagnat's Travonte Valentine decommits from the University of Miami amid coaching rumors

Rumors of coach Al Golden leaving the University of Miami football team to take the helm at Penn State has already affected, literally, the biggest prospect in the Hurricanes’ Class of 2014 recruiting class.

Hialeah Champagnat Catholic defensive tackle Travonte Valentine (6-3, 338 pounds) decommitted from UM on Saturday after participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, and named LSU the lead school for his services.

“Since Miami ain't looking so good now, until further notice, I'm decommitting from Miami University because I'm not sure about Al Golden so far,” Valentine said in an interview with The Times-Picayune (New Orleans).

“All of the commotion about Penn State and this and that right now. Al Golden is a great coach. He told me I was going to see things that I've never seen before. So for right now, I'm decommitting.”

Valentine will take an official visit to LSU on Jan. 17, Kentucky on Jan. 24, and to UM on Jan. 31. Many believe LSU was always second place to Valentine behind UM, and now the Hurricanes’ next coach would have less than a month to regain his pledge with National Signing Day on Feb. 5.

Valentine’s coach Mike Tunsil said because LSU does a great job sending defensive tackles to the NFL, and the Tigers’ lack of depth at the position are intriguing factors.

“I’m a hometown guy, so I would definitely love for him to play down here so his friends and family could come see him,” Tunsil said, “but at the end of the day, it’s Travonte’s decision.”

Valentine took to his Twitter account later Saturday afternoon to help clear the air.

“Incase the U fans aint read things all the way , yes Im decommiting until this coaching situation is done until then sorry but im chillin!!” he wrote.

December 27, 2013

Roger Harriott wastes no time joining Florida Atlantic, nabbing star 2015 RB Jordan Scarlett

Roger Harriott is leaving high school football for the college ranks once again, and he's taking one of his star players with him.

Harriott, who led Davie University School to a state title in 2012, stepped down from the head coaching position on Friday to become an assistant head coach and running backs coach at Florida Atlantic, joining first-year coach Charlie Partridge. 

As one of the most articulate and player-friendly coaches in South Florida, Harriott already made his presence felt on his first day landing the best recruit in the school’s history as University School junior running back Jordan Scarlett committed to FAU just hours after the news became official.

“I called Coach Harriott and we talked about today, and it would be a benefit for me to go there as far as staying [close to] home," said Scarlett, an underrated four-star prospect by 247Sports. "I just felt it would be a good move for me to stay with my running back coach, and keep the same routine I’ve been going through.”

Scarlett -- who had a strong interest to stay in Florida and had offers from more than 20 schools including Florida State, Miami, Florida, Alabama and Auburn -- said his closeness to Harriott as a father figure and family friend were also obvious reasons he pulled the trigger so quickly.

Teammate Deonta Fair, a Class of 2015 safety, also announced his commitment to FAU on Friday afternoon. Whether Scarlett and Fair sign National Letters of Intent to play for the Owls in 2015 remains to be seen.

Harriott, a former Boston University and Villanova running back who tallied more than 2,000 yards in his college career, briefly resigned as U-School coach in January 2010 to become the running backs coach at Syracuse, but decided to return home with his wife and four children in mind.

Now Harriott can have his cake and can eat it, too, trying to help FAU make a statement heading into its second season in Conference USA.

FAU officially announced Harriott's hire Friday afternoon. Patridge will also retain associate head coach and offensive coordinator Brian Wright on his staff.

"I am thrilled to bring Roger on board with the Owls," Partridge said in a statement released by the school. "He has been an extremely successful football coach and leader of student-athletes. He will bring leadership principles that will impact our program and his Florida roots demonstrates our commitment to the area." 

With the news, several of University School’s top players in the Class of 2015 are in the process of transferring elsewhere.

Scarlett said he's thinking of attending Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas or Plantation American Heritage if he doesn’t stay at University School.

Defensive tackle Brandon Boyce, who committed to Duke on Friday afternoon, confirmed via his Twitter account he’s headed to Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

Cornerback Rashard Causey told the Miami Herald on Friday he’s also “likely” to follow Boyce, but Plantation American Heritage is also an option. Causey told 247Sports it was likely he, Boyce, Scarlett, and star 2016 slot receiver Sam Bruce could possibly enroll to Aquinas.

December 16, 2013

Coral Reef hires Billy Rolle as new football coach

            Billy Rolle is one of only two Miami-DadeCounty football coaches to win state championships at different schools.

            On Monday, Rolle was officially given the opportunity to try and make another team great.

            Rolle, who has led Northwestern and Killian to state championships in his career, was hired at Coral Reef’s new coach. Rolle coached the Barracudas’ final regular season game this year on an interim basis after the school released former coach Chevas Clements.

            “I’m back in the water, and this time, I’m a barracuda,” Rolle said. “Coaching is in my blood. I thought I could sit out and watch. But that didn’t last too long.”

            Rolle led Northwestern to state championships in 1998 and 2007 and was an assistant coach during the Bulls’ state title run in 1995. Rolle also led Killian to a state title in 2004. He is also one of four coaches to win at least three state titles in the modern era (Walt Frazier - Carol City; Ice Harris - Booker T. Washington; Nick Kotys - Coral Gables).

     Rolle resigned at Northwestern after the 2011 season when the Bulls missed the playoffs for the first time in 20 years.

            Rolle takes over a Coral Reef team that went 6-4 this past season, but missed the playoffs. The Barracudas reached the second round of the playoffs in 2011.

            “It’s a great academic school and it has a lot of talent,” Rolle said. “I missed the game and want to give back. I was reading an article and didn’t realize [Central coach] Roland Smith had been away for six years. I don’t know how he did it.

“This school has a championship attitude and I think it’ll be a great challenge.”

December 08, 2013

September 29, 2013

Miami Hurricanes land oral commitment from Booker T. Washington sophomore Mark Walton

Miami Booker T. Washington running back Mark Walton orally committed to play for the University of Miami on Sunday. 

Walton — only a sophomore — becomes the second Class of 2016 recruit for the UM coaching staff, joining Cocoa cornerback Chauncey Gardner (5-11, 170 pounds).

Walton said he called linebackers coach Micheal Barrow while the UM coaches were in a meeting and head coach Al Golden was ecstatic about receiving Walton’s pledge.

“I told Coach [Golden] ‘I’m ready to join the family,’ ” said Walton, who also had brief conversations with wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll, offensive coordinator James Coley and running backs coach Hurlie Brown during the call.

Walton grew up a Hurricanes fan, and picked up a scholarship offer from the coaching staff during the summer. He knew he wanted to announce his pledge Sunday and consulted fellow Booker T. Washington teammates and UM commitments Nigel Bethel II (cornerback) and Chad Thomas (defensive end) before calling the Hurricanes coaches.

“It’s a family thing going to the University of Miami,” said Walton, whose defensive end teammate Demetrius Jackson is also a UM commitment. “I always said if I had the opportunity to go there, that’s where I wanted to be.”

Although Walton has more than 2 years to sign his National Letter of Intent, he said he’s not worried about how his commitment is perceived in the meantime.

“If you know where you want to be, then why not [commit]?” he said. “I haven’t thought about it in a negative way.”

For now, Walton is just trying to enjoy his moment.

“I’m very excited,” Walton said. “Right now, I’m speechless.”

September 25, 2013

Western coach Derek Segaloff resigns after players' protest

Davie Western coach Derek Segaloff resigned from his post Wednesday after a tumultuous start to his first season as coach.

Segaloff, 29, stepped down after meeting with school principal Jimmy Arroyo and his players, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Segaloff’s reign came to an end Monday when as many as 30 players protested his leadership by skipping the team’s practice.

The Wildcats have only scored three points in four games this season, while surrendering 114 total points to Cardinal Gibbons, South Plantation, Monarch and Everglades.

Wide receivers coach Jermaine Hollis, who was South Broward’s boys’ basketball coach last year, will replace Segaloff as head coach.

Western athletic director Cathy McCarthy reffered any other comments regarding the situation to Arroyo. Segaloff and Hollis did not respond to any phone calls or text messages.

Western hosts Miramar (4-0) on Friday.

August 23, 2013