COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: Piper Will Be A Surprise In 2018

Larry Blustein
August 20, 2018 - 10:15 am

Larry Blustein

When David Coleman was a student/athlete back in the day at McArthur High, he was one of the most complete prospects you will find.

As a linebacker, he brought that intensity every week with him to the playing field. He learned from, and competed against some of the best around in south Florida.

When he took over Piper High a few years back, his objective was to build this program in the same manner in which his teams have performed through the years.

As they opened up the season, with a kickoff classic last weekend at Plantation, and look ahead to this week’s season-opener against Miami Norland, the belief that this team will contend for an 8A playoff spot has become a reality.

While the Bengals are not chosen by many to be in the race to be one of the eight teams in the playoff mix, Coleman, his coaching staff and players feel otherwise.

Even in a 14-12 setback to the powerhouse Colonels, this program found out that they do have the talent and coaching to compete, and they will have that chance to showcase their athletes.


Much of the attention in the off season revolved around getting the offense in the end zone, and while they missed out on several scoring opportunities in the kickoff classic, there is plenty of optimism 

Junior quarterback James Ferriero, Jr. is a huge secret, but one that everyone will soon find out about. Freshman Bryan Lodge is going to learn and help add depth.

The running game will be deep – with senior Jimpson Jean leading the way. In addition, there are Richard Abel (FB), Waymon Smith and Jamarquez Thomas.

Juniors Rocky Saimpre and Katriell Stewart will be solid as well.

The receiving corps is stacked with talent.

The senior class is deep – with Kezikiah Beswick, Keshawn Dawkins, Blanche Ely transfer Kinglsey Grissett and Jalind Williams leading the way.

Juniors Alex Desormont, Karaun St. Louis and Omar Sweeting are more than solid.

Keep an eye on sophomores Jaydin Brown and tight end Jason Frazier.

The place where Coleman and this program believe that they are way ahead of the game is up front.

Seniors Christopher Dorvil, Mark Henry, Jr., Tyler Jerome and James Mims III have shown leadership and experience.

Underclassmen such as junior Joshua Velasquez, and sophomores Isaiah Bunn and Brinshon Rolax are the future for the Bengals.


When the 2018 season began, the defensive unit was singled out as being a place where the athletes will be this season.

Up front, seniors Elijah Bunn, Felipe Melendez (DE), Vedale Stubbs and Michael West have already proven what they can do.

South Broward transfer Claude Larkins (DE) and very talented Adrius Rico, along with sophomore Marc Duqueney, will give this team aggressive play up front.

Senior linebackers Carmorris Harvey, Darious McKenzie, Anthony Peterson, Johnathan Sampson and Cyrus Turnquest will give this unit a major lift.

Add in juniors Shamar Cadet and Jordan Francis, and you can see why this program is excited.

If you plan on throwing into the secondary, understand that there is plenty of talent. Seniors Zane Hight, Cecil Powelln and Jadus Rogers will certainly give this program a lift.

So will juniors Caleb Belony, Antonio Brown, Larmar Frazier, Jahneil McIntosh, Detriell McIntyre and Jalen Thomas. Sophomore Malik Elmaadawy is gifted as well.

Sophomore kicker Amari Brown is expected to give this program a huge spark as well.

This list of our team Spotlight will continue right through as part of our 2018 Countdown To Kickoff.

American Heritage (Plantation) Patriots.

Belen Jesuit (Miami) Wolverines.

Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale) Chiefs.

Carol City (Miami) Chiefs.

Central Rockets (Miami).

Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood) Lions.

Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah) Lions.

Christopher Columbus (Miami) Explorers.

Dillard (Fort Lauderdale) Panthers.

Deerfield Beach Bucks.

Miramar Patriots.

Norland (Miami) Vikings.

North Miami Pioneers.

Northwestern (Miami) Bulls.

Nova (Davie) Titans.

Palmetto (Miami) Panthers.

Plantation Colonels.

South Dade Bucs.

Southridge Spartans.

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) Raiders.

University School (Fort Lauderdale) Sharks.

West Broward (Pembroke Pines) Bobcats.

Western (Davie) Wildcats.

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