December 18, 2014

TOC visits Holtz Children's Hospital, spreading holiday cheer

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MIAMI - It was all about spreading holiday cheer and spending time with those who battle to survive every day.

On Wednesday, the Tournament of Champions and the Miami-Dade All-Star Game, made an appearance at Holtz Children's Hospital, hosted by UHealth Sports Medicine.

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Along with TOC Founder Wesley Frater and many of his staff members, the event was highlighted by the appearance of Warren Henry Miami-Dade Player of the Year, Hilton Joseph, who will quarterback the North squad in Saturday night's (7:00) annual event at Curtis Park in Miami.

Joseph, who set records in his two seasons as a starter at North Miami, leading the Pioneers to a pair of district championships and an 18-4 record, talked with youngsters, nurses and administrators and was the perfect ambassador for the game, community and for high school athletes in general.

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"The smile on their faces when they saw Hilton was tremendous," said Frater. "He is certainly one of those young men who was the perfect representative for this game and for what we are trying to convey to all of south Florida."

Joseph's visit gave him the opportunity to see exactly what these youngsters had to live with every day - and to understand how the nurses and administrators continue to save lives and boost spirits.

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December 17, 2014

Warren Henry Auto Group Honors North Miami QB Hilton Joseph As Player of the Year

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(L to R): City Of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Ed Williams, North Miami Football Coach; Hilton Joseph; and Warren Henry Zinn, CEO, Warren Henry Auto Group.

MIAMI - Warren Henry Auto Group, South Florida’s premier luxury Auto Group, and Tournament of Champions, Inc., awarded Hilton Joseph, Quarterback for North Miami Senior High School, the Miami-Dade County “Warren Henry Player of the Year” award on December 15.

Also named in the final five for the award were Rashad Fenton (Miami Carol City), Maurice Alexander (Miami Booker T. Washington), Donavan Thompson (Miami Central) and Shakur Cooper (Coral Gables).

Warren Henry Auto Group and Tournament of Champions, Inc. are also the official sponsor of the 17th Annual Miami Dade North vs. South All-Star football game at Curtis Park Sports Complex taking place on Dec. 20. The game has produced such NFL players as Brandon Harris, Roscoe Parrish, Asante Samuels, Geno Smith and numerous other NFL and NCAA athletes. South Florida is known as the top community for scholastic football, producing more NFL athletes than any other area in the country. Warren Henry Auto Group now adds prestige and honor to the selection of the Player of the Year award as this is considered the local Heisman Trophy award.

“The South Florida High School football players lead a healthy lifestyle, work hard and have true passion and love for the game, mirroring the values of Warren Henry Auto Group and making this a natural partnership,” said Warren Henry Zinn, President and CEO of Warren Henry Auto Group. "We are excited to team up with the 17th Annual Miami Dade North vs. South All-Star football game and support this first class event for the cities of Miami and Miramar, and couldn't be more proud to support Tournament of Champions, Inc. in their efforts to honor these incredible football players.”

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(L to R): Larry Zinn, Warren Henry Zinn, Hilton Joseph, and Larry Blustein, South Florida High School Sports, WQAM Radio and The Miami Herald.

About Warren Henry Auto Group Celebrating their 38th anniversary, Warren Henry Auto Group is headquartered in Miami, Florida with seven North and South Florida franchises including Audi Gainesville, Warren Henry Infiniti, Warren Henry Jaguar, Fisker Miami, Land Rover North Dade, Land Rover South Dade and Lamborghini Palm Beach. Warren Henry Auto Group’s corporate office is located at 20860 NW 2nd Avenue (Hwy. 441) in Miami. For more information, call 888-856-3113 or visit www.warrenhenryauto.com.

Dolphins Honor Youth, High School Player, Coach of the Week During Ravens Game

All season, the Miami Dolphins have continued to step up by recognizing top youth football players, coaches and teams - as well as area high school players, coaches and football programs. On Dec. 7, when they hosted the Baltimore Ravens, more were added as they were introduced to a huge crowd at Sun Life Stadium.

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The Seabring Bluestreaks 10u from the Mid Florida Football and Cheerleading Conference were honored on the field by the Miami Dolphins as Coach Philbin’s Youth Team of the Week presented by Walgreens during the Dolphins home game against the Ravens at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 7. The Seabring Bluestreaks 10u coach is Jay Williams.  

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Among those that were honored by Troy Drayton and the Dolphins, presented by Under Armour, were running back Marcus Barthell of the Miami Youth Hurricanes Midgets 14u in the Greater Miami Pop Warner League, cornerback James Oliphant of St. Thomas Aquinas High School was honored as the High School Player of the Week, and Chris Merritt of Christopher Columbus High School, who was honored as the High School Coach of the Week.

Marcus Barthell is coached by Coach Brown and James Oliphant is coached by Rocco Casullo.

Photos Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins.

December 16, 2014

December 10, 2014

17th Annual Miami-Dade North vs. South All-Star Game (UPDATED ROSTERS)

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MIAMI - It's simply an event like no other held in the country.

The most prestigious areas in the country, the hotbed for high school football talent, will once again shine in the spotlight as the 17th edition of the Tournament of Champions Miami-Dade All-Star Football Game will take place on Saturday, Dec. 20th at Curtis Park (1901 NW 24th Avenue) in Miami.

The game, which had long featured the best of Miami-Dade and Broward - and most recently - other athletes from southeast and southwest Florida - has returned to its roots this year with a showdown between the best of 305 - when the lines are drawn and the county is split into North and South.

"This is high school football at its very finest," said game founder and organizer Wesley Frater. "Look on any NFL roster or watch a collegiate game on Saturdays and you will find that Miami-Dade County, the 305 area code is well represented."

The kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and tickets are $10. For information, call 305-281-9461 or visit Bleechr.com.

The head coach for the South is David Cooney from Coral Gables and the North head coach is Aubrey Hill from Carol City.

ELITE UNDERCLASS COMBINE TO BE HELD EARLIER IN THE DAY In addition the North vs. South All-Star event, the day will start off with a prestigious underclassmen combine that will feature some of the best up-and-coming football prospects the entire south Florida region has to offer.

The combine will be the first forum of the off season to get rising seniors, juniors and sophomores into the spotlight. Every player that attends will be listed and promoted along with player evaluations and videos that they have had from this past year.

This is a chance for many underclassmen in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, Collier and Palm Beach to come down and get on the map. Players attending this event will get out there for all to see and start the ball rolling for the upcoming season.

The combine is just $45 - which is a small price to pay to get on the map and learn some football techniques from coaches who know what it takes to get to that next level.

For information, call 305-281-9461. http://www.bleechr.com/305.

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QUARTERBACKS (3)

P.J. Coats, 6-2, 220, South Dade
Jowan Watson, 6-0, 195, Gulliver Prep
Deundre Pickett-White, 6-0, 190, Southwest Miami

RUNNING BACKS (3)
Wade Collier, 5-8, 180, Homestead
Johnnie Hankins, 5-10, 195, South Dade
Hans Supre, 5-8, 170, Coral Gables

RECEIVERS (6)
Frank Battle, 6-4, 200, Belen Jesuit
Raymond Gage, 5-10, 170, Keys Gate Charter
Chris Linares, 6-0, 175, Braddock
Austin Maloney, 5-11, 175, Christopher Columbus
Anthony Olivencia, 6-2, 190, Killian
Shaquery Wilson, 6-3, 190, Coral Gables

TIGHT END (1)
Andres Saldivar, 6-2, 210, Coral Gables

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (7)
Jose Garcia, 6-2, 280, Killian
Alex Helms, 6-5, 310, Westminster Christian
DeAndre McCrae, 6-4, 280, Southridge
Andy Moreira, 6-1, 270, Coral Gables
Gabriel Necuze, 6-2, 240, Christopher Columbus
Jake Perez, 5-11, 210, Southwest Miami
Jason Rodriguez, 6-1, 265, Christopher Columbus

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)
DE - Shawn Curtis, 6-3, 240, Reagan
Dhany Dye, 6-3, 345, Coral Gables
DE - Kenneth Herring, 6-2, 220, Coral Gables
DE - Damien Horton, 6-3, 215, Killian
Jarred McGhee, 6-0, 265, Coral Gables
DE - Eric Santil, 6-2, 190, Homestead
Joe Suarez, 6-3, 230, South Dade
Marcus Stevenson, Southridge

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James Bowe, 6-2, 190, Killian
Rashad Broadway, 5-10, 200, Westminster Christian
Bruce Davis, 6-1, 195, Killian
Emilio Gibbs, 5-1, 230, Coral Gables
Doyle Grimes, 6-2, 200, South Dade
Dominic Sheppard, 6-2, 225, Gulliver Prep
Jontavis Testa, 6-0, 205, Coral Gables

DEFENSIVE BACKS (9)
Wendell Ashley, 5-11, 185, Coral Gables
Jaheart Buford, 5-8, 170, Southridge
Tarvandus Donaldson, 6-0, 175, Southridge
S - Terill Hanks, 6-2, 200, LaSalle
Tobias Moss, 5-10, 170, Westminster Christian
Sheldrick Redwine, 6-1, 190, Killian
S - Elijah Reed, 6-4, 195, South Miami
S - Anthony Sotolongo, 6-1, 195, Gulliver Prep
S - Tadarius Wilson, 5-10, 170, South Dade

ATHLETES (3)
Jimmy Armstrong, 5-9, 170, Westminster Christian
Jonte Barrett, 5-8, 160, Homestead
Trevon Sands, 5-10, 180, Southwest Miami

SPECIALIST (1)
Uriel Hernandez, 5-6, 180, Homestead

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Gerald Anderson, 5-11, 200, Miami Springs
Hilton Joseph, 5-11, 165, North Miami

RUNNING BACKS (4)
Markel Anderson, 5-9, 180, Miami Beach
Ronneldon Ellington, 5-10, 180, Carol City
Michael Frederick, 5-10, 185, Champagnat
Jeremiah Pierce Johnson, 5-9, 195, American

RECEIVERS (5)
Steven Claude, 6-2, 190, Champagnat
Tavaris Harrison, 6-3, 190, North Miami
Johnny Rembert, 5-10, 175, Miami Springs
Terrance Rutherford, 5-11, 190, Jackson
Victor Sam, 6-0, 185, North Miami

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)
Marquise Barnes, 6-5, 300, Hialeah Miami Lakes
Darell Cherubin, 6-3, 310, American
Samuel Dervil, 6-4, 275, Northwestern
William Gordon, 6-3, 300, Norland
Chris Mainer, 5-10, 255, Jackson
Christopher Menendez, 6-3, 285, Westland Hialeah
Malik Rogers, 6-1, 335, Jackson
Michael Sawyer, 6-1, 280, Carol City
Dwayne Thomas, 6-1, 330, Northwestern

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)
Andy Jean-Baptiste, 6-4, 250, Edison
DE - Rodrick Golden, 5-11, 215, Mater Academy
Armani Kerr, 6-0, 225, Jackson
Jabari Lawrence, 6-2, 250, Hialeah Miami Lakes
Jessie Lemonier, 6-2, 220 Hialeah
DE - Irick McDonald, 6-5, 215, Miami Springs
Jay Ortiz, 6-3, 255, Mater Academy
DE - Dwayne Paddyfoot, 6-3, 215, Mater Academy
DE - Darius Rolle, 5-11, 215, American

LINEBACKERS (6)
Jean Bazile, 6-0, 190, Hialeah
James Bell, 5-9, 190, North Miami
Rayshad Jackson, 6-1, 215, Norland
Ryan Jackson, 6-0, 195, Dr. Krop
Duanne Jones, 5-11, 190, North Miami Beach
Quinten Moore, 5-9, 200, Carol City

DEFENSIVE BACKS (11)
S - Xavier Bailey, 5-11, 175, Northwestern
Wesley Charles, 6-0, 165, North Miami
Rashad Fenton, 6-1, 190, Carol City
Karon Jackson, 5-9, 170, American
S - Robert Knowles, 6-0, 180, Edison

Emmanuel Lubin, 6-1, 175, North Miami Beach
Tovias Parker, 5-11, 170, Jackson
S – Edward Rolle, 5-11, 185, Carol City
John Toussaint, 5-11, 178, Northwestern
Bobby Washington, 5-7, 165, Northwestern
Marcus Williams, 5-11, 165, Northwestern

SPECIALIST (1)

Baymar Piraquvie, 6-0, 175, Central

ATHLETES (3)
Leon Brown, 5-9, 170, Carol City
Robert Henderson, 5-10, 170, Dr. Krop Cedric Wiggins, 6-1, 190, North Miami Beach

November 26, 2014

BCAA North/South All-Star game set for Dec. 11th

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With the opportunities for many of the local football players to attract college scholarship offers dwindling, it's always great too know that south Florida is home to some of the better post season all-star football events.

One of the post season games that has really opened doors for local athletes is the BCAA North/South All-Star game that has attracted some of the top players from across Broward County as they showcase their skills in practices and on game day.

This year, the annual BCAA North/South All-Star game will be played on Thursday night, Dec. 11th at 7 p.m. as Nova Senior High in Davie will host this quality game that is always competitive. Over the years, some of the best the BCAA has to offer have thrilled the fans.

The top seniors will clash in this annual event that will determine the future for some prospects who have been working hard all season - only to have yet another chance to make that impression.

In addition to the game, the annual banquet will be held on Wednesday evening, Dec. 10th, for players, coaches, cheerleaders and parents at the Signature Grand in Davie.

"It is always a first class event that showcases everything positive about the schools we have," said Damian Huttenhoff, Director, Athletics & Student Activities. "The practices, banquet and game is such a highlight for all involved.

Here is a look at the rosters for this year's game:

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Musa Abuzarieh, DE, 6-2, 220, Monarch
Nick Aiello, LB, 6-0, 180, Douglas
Wajih Albaroudi, OL, 6-3, 290, Fort Lauderdale
Alvyns Alcenord, WR/DB, 5-7 170, Northeast
Demetrius Amerson, LB, 5-10, 2305, Cardinal Gibbons
Noe August, LB, 6-0, 195, Coral Springs
Wolky Belancourt, LB, 6-0, 185, Coral Springs
Jake Bofshever, QB, 6-0, 190, Coral Springs
Devin Brown, S, 5-11, 190, Fort Lauderdale
Jaquon Bush, FS, 6-1, 185, Plantation
Enrique Caraballo, OL, 6-5, 320, Taravella
Antonio Cartagena, WR/DB, 5-8, 175, Deerfield Beach
Josh Cerra, P, 6-0, 150, Taravella
Nevelle Clarke, DB, 6-1, 180, Taravella
Ellex "Pooh" Davis, WR, 5-10, 175, Monarch
Michael Delello, P/PK, 6-1, 185, Coral Glades
Tayion Devers, DE, 6-4, 210, Blanche Ely
Braxton Dunlap, OL/DL, 5-9, 275, Northeast
Marquice Flowers, RB, 5-9, 175, Plantation
Thomas Gatlin, FB/LB, 5-11, 195, Coral Glades
Michael G'Francisco, TE/LS, 6-3, 210, Piper
Zachary Good, FB/LB, 5-8, 220, Pompano
David Goodwin, RB, 5-9, 175, Coral Springs
Michael Harris, QB, 6-1, 180, Monarch
George Heck, DB, 5-9, 180, Blanche Ely
Antwuan Haynes, RB/WR, 5-9, 165, Plantation
Tevin Hyatt, RB, 5-10, 190, Fort Lauderdale
Brett Israel, QB, 6-0, 180, Douglas
Winston Jackson, WR, 5-11, 185, Cardinal Gibbons
Montell Jordan, OL/DL, 6-3, 308, Deerfield Beach
Tate Lehtio, WR, 6-1, 190, Douglas
Joseph Marcus, S, 5-10, 175, Boyd Anderson
Demetrious Meuse, OL, 6-0, 330, Northeast
Mitch Milfort, WR, 6-0, 180, Plantation
Roberto Montanez, OL, 6-3, 280, Monarch
Tavares Moore, DB, 5-9, 170, Cardinal Gibbons
Jawanza Evans-Morris, RB, 5-8, 180, Taravella
Cavari Morss, RB, 5-9, 170, Monarch
Robby Pham, OL/DL, 5-11, 260, Pompano
D'Angelo Phillips, LB, 5-11, 210, Taravella
Vincent Prochilo, WR, 6-0, 185, Douglas
Joe Riggins, LB, 6-0, 210, Cardinal Gibbons
Michael Rispoli, LB, 5-10, 185, Coral Glades
Landyn Rivadeneria, WR/DB, 5-11, 185, Douglas
Rochelle Romain, OL, 6-5, 290, Blanche Ely
Austin Romonav, DT, 6-2, 245, Monarch
Korron Rozier, WR/DB, 5-10, 185, Coconut Creek
Fritz Saintil, DT, 6-1, 185, Coral Springs
Daquain Saulsby, LB, 5-9, 205, Fort Lauderdale
Jordan Senner, OL, 6-0, 255, Coral Springs
Adam Sinclair, QB, 6-3, 190, Taravella
LaDerrick Smith, WR/KR, 5-9, 175, Blanche Ely
Marcus St. Louis, LB, 5-11, 185, Coconut Creek
Jason Strowbridge, DE/OT, 6-5, 249, Deerfield Beach
Colin Thomas, DE, 6-3, 185, Pompano
Urlin Toussaint, DE, 6-3, 205, Piper
Lickandre Vasser, OL/DL, 6-2, 230, Blanche Ely
Jean Louis, WR/DB, 5-10, 168, Boyd Anderson
Bershen Vildor, DL, 5-10, 215, Boyd Anderson
David Wanliss, OL, 5-11, 210, Coconut Creek
Jonathan Washington, WR, 6-1, 200, Cardinal Gibbons
Taiwain Watkins, RB, 5-9, 195, Coconut Creek
Jayshawn Webster, OL, 6-4, 285, Piper
Zach Wilson, OL/DL, 6-2, 250, Coconut Creek


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Edward Aldred, WR, 6-3, 180, Hollywood Hills
Anthony Allen, RB, 5-11, 190, Western
Rashard Allen, DB, 6-1, 180, Nova
Sammy Antoine, OL, 6-4, 280, Cypress Bay
John Antkiewicz, LB, 6-2, 220, Cypress Bay
Rodrick Archer, OLB, 6-1, 210, South Plantation
Steven Barnes, OL/DL, 6-4, 290, Pines Charter
Keiyon Batten, OL, 5-9, 275, Stranahan
Anthony Bennett, DE, 6-2, 230, Cypress Bay
William Bethel, LB, 6-0, 200, Dillard
Matt Bukovi, DE, 6-0, 228, Cypress Bay
Christian Bouie, DB, 5-7, 165, Dillard
Brandon Briggs, DT, 5-11, 235, Everglades
Leeward Brown, OL, 6-4, 330, Miramar
Khantrell Burden, LB/LS, 6-1, 200, Everglades
Michael Butler, OL, 6-3, 275, Cooper City
Kyle Carr, OL/DL, 6-2, 270, Cooper City
Jason Collins, QB, 6-2, 180, Dillard
Kevin Davis, OL, 6-2, 240, Nova
Dusan Etienne, OL, 6-7, 320, Hollywood Hills
Connor Fee, TE, 6-2, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas
Sydney Francois, S, 5-10, 180, McArthur
Kevin Gonzalez, QB/DB, 5-10, 170, Pines Charter
Arkeem Granger, RB, 6-0, 205, Flanagan
Darius Green, QB/DB, 5-10, 170, Hollywood Hills
Anthoney Hairston, OL, 6-4, 265, South Broward
Marcus Harris, DB, 5-8, 180, Dillard
Javonne Heastie, Athlete, 5-7, 150, Stranahan
Jeffrey Hill, DB, 5-10, 175, Miramar
Rodney Holmes, RB/WR, 5-10, 190, Hallandale
Tyler Holloway, WR, 6-3, 215, Nova
Anthony Hunt, Jr., RB, 5-7, 175, Stranahan
Valentino Jean, Athlete, 5-10, 180, Stranahan
Winston Job, WR, 6-2, 180, Hollywood Hills
Ronald Kennedy, RB/DB, 5-8, 165, South Plantation
Michael Keys, FB/LB, 5-10, 180, Cooper City
Kevin Lambert, DE, 6-2, 206, Flanagan
Kirk Livingstone, DE, 6-4, 225, Stranahan
Josh Lovins, DB, 6-0, 175, Cooper City
Bradley Martin, WR, 6-1, 180, Flanagan
Josmar Diaz-Martinez, DB, 5-11 175, Miramar
Mike Mele, QB, 6-0, 185, South Plantation
Julien Noel, DE, 6-0, 215, McArthur
Griffin Norberg, TE/LS, 6-3, 230, Western
Joshua Osborn, WR, 5-11, 182, Western
Romain Richards, LB, 5-10, 200, McArthur
Jerel Ricketts, DB/WR, 5-11, 170, Western
Nick Rivero, LB, 6-1, 225, Western
Jake Rizzo, QB, 6-1, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas
Tyler Rogers, OL/DL, 6-3, 300, West Broward
Tyler Sabine, QB/DB, 6-1, 180, Cooper City
Deltron Sands, RB, 5-9, 175, St. Thomas Aquinas
Ernie Sariol, S/TE, 5-11, 188, West Broward
Bernard Scott, WR, 6-1, 175, Hallandale
Emonee Spence, WR, 6-2, 185, Flanagan
Jamari Stephenson, LB, 6-1, 205, Western
David Stewart, OL/DL, 6-1, 215, Pines Charter
Darryl Swanson, DL, 6-4, 205, Miramar
Krisna Thomas, RB, 5-11, 180, South Broward
Theodore Victorin, OL, 6-3, 260, Hallandale
Leopold Villa, OL/DL, 6-1, 235, West Broward
Demetrius Whitehead, S, 5-10, 189, Hallandale
Terry Whittington, WR/OLB, 6-3, 205, Cooper City
Joshua Wilson, OL/DL, 5-9, 300, South Broward
Jimel Wright, DT, 6-1, 255, Everglades

November 24, 2014

Southeastern Football Conference Makes A Splash

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When the Southeastern Football Conference was first talked about four years ago, one of the main concerns from coaches and parents was the recruiting exposure the "independent" league would receive.

Because there had been so much emphasis put on teams who compete for a chance to get to the state championships, it was felt that while the league was designed to have the programs in south Florida compete on a level playing field, they would compromise by getting less college exposure, and in the process, lose out on that valuable chance to be recruited.

While low exposure was evident the first two years of operation, this year changed everything as the 12 teams who competed in the league produced several quality football players as well as fielding teams that were in the spotlight from the start of the season until the Nov. 15 championship game at FAU.

The title game - which featured unbeaten Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian and Coral Springs Charger not only attracted attention from nearly 6,000 fans who attended the championship game, but also college coaches from across the country who wanted to see film and get information on players.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for the smaller schools in south Florida to compete on a level playing field while producing college prospects," said Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy head coach Jake Sorg. "The games were competitive and every team in the conference had some quality talent on the roster."

While the league was designed to make the entire season interesting and keep nearly every team in the hunt for a playoff spot, it was also a chance for some players who sat the bench at larger schools to see extensive playing time at Norther Division schools such s West Palm Beach The King's Academy, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest, N. Palm Beach Benjamin School and Boca Raton Pope John Paul. Add in Coral Springs Charter and unbeaten champion Calvary Christian, and you had talented prospects as well as elite coach like former collegiate coach and coordinator Kirk Hoza, who has elevated Calvary to a level where the Eagles do more than compete.

"We have our share of outstanding young men on this team," Hoza shared. "They are not only quality young men, but very good athletes."

Calvary boasts Defensive Player of Year Tristan Peyton, a 6-2, 215-pound linebacker as well as fellow seniors in receiver/defensive back Parker Collins, lineman Vas Furman and defensive back Rod Sylvester. The Eagles also boast standout junior lineman Storm Sims (son of former Miami Dolphins Keith Sims) and one of the most talented sophomore quarterbacks in south Florida in Nick Holm.

Coach Adam Miller's Coral Springs Charter squad was equally as talented with college prospects Marcos Hilera (senior lineman), juniors Chris Judge, Joshua Paul, Calvin Jackson and Kalen Carson, and sophomore standout defensive end Michael Carrion among others.

"This is a very talented and young team we have," Miller said. "Many of our players compete year round which helps give them exposure."

Pine Crest, which advanced to the quarterfinals boasted seniors Patrick Haley, Isaac Mercado and Nick Nolting.

The Southern Division was loaded with prospect and quality teams as well. Sorg's Westminster Academy squad was stacked with elite prospects such as senior and Co-Offensive Player of the Year Johnnie Gaines, a running back transfer who came in this year from St. Thomas. Fellow seniors Les Dalger, Ryan Moore, Micah Smith, Houston Underwood and Joe Vairo were all tremendous football talent, and sophomore linebacker Zack Ledbetter is setting himself up to be one of the best in the Class of 2017.

In addition to Westminster Academy, south teams such as coach Willie Trimmer's Miami LaSalle, which boasted seniors Terrill Hanks, Manny Readon and Montrel Thomas - and junior John Pierce - were one of the most talented teams. Trimmer, a longtime coach, was the biggest proponent of the league and the exposure the teams have received.

"I have nothing but great things to say about this league and the way we have been covered by colleges and the media," he said. "Our kids have gotten plenty of exposure by attending events in the off season as well."

Florida Christian (Alex Bosque, Nick Tejedor and Paul Gonzalez), Archbishop Curley (Richard Champagne and Beethoven Moise), Boca Raton St. Andrew's Academy and Tavernier Coral Shores have also been competitive.

Coral Shores relished the opportunity to compete in a conference where they were on a level playing field. Coach Ed Holly had some of the more publicized players in the league -such as Co-Offensive Player of the Year, George Jacobsen, his twin brother, Henry, as well as senior Paul Pauchey and Eddie Dunn, and juniors Chris O'Berry and David Williams.

"This league really provided our young men with plenty of exposure," Holly pointed out. "Not just from a football standpoint, but the SFC also rewarded the players in the league for doing well in the classroom."

As Calvary wrapped up the title this year, the SFC was pleased in knowing that the attendance in the championship game at FAU would have been the third largest in last year FHSAA championship weekends (eight games) in Orlando!

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at Floridakids1@aol.com.

Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.

November 12, 2014

Playoffs Give Prospects A Chance To Shine

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As the state playoffs get started this coming week across Florida, it is not only a chance for many of the south Florida teams to realize that dream of reaching Orlando, but it is also an opportunity for a number of prospects to jump on that radar screen.

With a number of players in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties still without scholarship offers, the post season is yet another avenue to showcase the talent that many of these prospect have. Additional opportunities to get film and for colleges to see what these tremendous athletes have.

"Any time you can get into the playoffs, it's a plus for any athlete," Champagnat Catholic head coach Mike Tunsil pointed out. "The playoffs also give many of these colleges a chance to see these football players against a high level of competition."

No program in this area will welcome the post season more than North Miami. The Pioneers (9-1) will head into the first round of the playoffs against Coral Gables, and one of the highest scoring large school programs in Miami-Dade features senior quarterback Hilton Joseph, who leads all of Miami-Dade County with 2,550 yards and 29 touchdowns. The 5-11, 165-pounder has been phenomenal, but yet no offers.

Joseph is not alone, teammates Victor Sam and defensive back Wesley Charles are also prospects who have flown way under the college radar, and head coach Ed Williams believes that it's time that schools step up an watch some of the more productive players in Florida this year.

"We have been saying that very few schools have the receivers and quarterback we have," Williams said. "Hilton came in last year and threw for over 2,000 yards and has repeated it again this year. Victor is baseball prospect who has also gotten it done for us with 38 catches for 680 yards."

While North Miami will attempt to give their prospects additional exposure, they are not alone. Here are 10 seniors who figure to gain more exposure by appearing in the opening round of the state playoffs:

Xavier Bailey, DB, 5-11, 175, Northwestern: Whether he plays cornerback or safety, this is really a football talent who flew way beneath the radar. A tremendous addition to the Bulls this year, there is no doubt that his play on special teams will also enhance his overall package as a recruit. Will open at Hallandale in the first round of the playoffs.

Tucker Beirne, QB, 6-2, 224, Christopher Columbus: This three-year starter truly came into his own this season and had over 100 completions and 15 touchdowns. His maturity and leadership came up big all year. Will play North Miami Beach in the opening round.

Jake Bofshever, QB, 6-2, 200, Coral Springs. One of those very impressive football players who enjoyed a huge season this year for the Colts. After working hard in the off season, he came back to throw for over 1,500 yards and direct this program to a quality season. They will face state-rated and unbeaten Flanagan in the first round of the playoffs.

Richie Cooper, WR, 5-10, 170, Hallandale: This one-time Booker T. Washington prospect has had two solid years for the Chargers as a big play receiver who has blazing speed and great hands. Figures to open some eyes in the playoffs. This is a very impressive football player who gets the job done. Hallandale hosts Northwestern in the first round.

Ellex "Pooh" Davis, WR, 5-10, 170, Monarch: This gifted athlete who really took over this year had one game where he caught 12 balls for 350 yards. He has really been a spark all season. The Knights will face Miramar in the first round.

Josmar Diaz-Martinez, DB, 5-10, 175, Miramar. Easily one of the better prospects who doesn't have any solid offers, but a good showing in the playoffs will certainly change all that. Has the chance to really make a solid impact for the "Dark Side Defense". The Patriots square off with Monarch in the first round.

Anthony Olivencia, WR/P, 6-2, 195, Killian. (PICTURED) One of the most versatile football players around. Not only did he lift the Cougars with outstanding catches, but was the leading punter in south Florida with a 45 yard average. Killian takes on Southwest Miami in the opening round.

Tovias Parker, WR, 5-11, 165, Jackson: Another very gifted football player who helped the Generals into the playoffs this season in Earl Little's first year as head coach. Has plenty of athletic ability, and while he has been offered by Appalachian State, many believe others could be on the way. Jackson opens at Naples Lely in the first round.

Deltron Sands, RB, 5-9, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas. This is a talented runner who has been in the mix for the past three years and has been a player that many have overlooked. While he hasn't been the marquee runner for the Raiders, this is a quality football talent with a chance to really show all those schools that he is indeed for real. The Raiders host Mater Academy in the first round.

Cedric Wiggins, Athlete, 6-0, 190, North Miami Beach: After playing quarterback for his 4 seasons with the Chargers, this impressive athlete has shown that he can lineup at a number of positions at the next level. The younger brother of former standout Doug Wiggins, he will have a chance to open up at Christopher Columbus.

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at Floridakids1@aol.com.

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November 10, 2014

Northwestern DB Deandre Baker is a US Army All-American

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            Northwestern defensive back Deandre Baker accepted his invitation Monday to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Baker, a University of Georgia commit, is one of 12 South Florida players that are expected to participate in this season’s game which will be played Jan. 3 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

            Baker has been a key player in Northwestern’s return to the playoffs this season.

            “It’s great to be able to represent my community and my friends on this kind of a stage,” Baker said. “It’s going to be cool to join some great names that have been in this game.”