SPRING SPOTLIGHT: Miramar Reloads Toward Another Playoff Run

Larry Blustein
May 21, 2018 - 11:23 am

Larry Blustein

Moments after last November’s stunning first round playoff loss to Lake Worth Park Vista, Miramar head football coach A.J. Scott and his Patriots quickly looked toward 2018.

The frustrating part of the loss in the first round was that it came two weeks after Miramar had handed national power St. Thomas Aquinas its worst loss in decades.

The victory over the Raiders put this program in a position to do something that nobody had predicted when the 2017 season had started – win it all!

With prospects rising to the occasion all year – it was Miramar that suddenly jumped to the head of a group of 8A schools – but that all ended with the first round setback.

As the spring is coming to an end this week, the Patriots are once again a team that will be a force in a district that continues to get better and better.

Along with impressive Plantation and Western, the district will improve with Everglades – and Cypress Bay and South Plantation with new head coaches.

THE DARK SIDE STAYS STRONG

The trademark of this program through the years has been its Dark Side Defense. Shutting down some of the best offensive units around, the Patriots figure to be elite once again in 2018.

Beginning with the secondary – this is a very talented group.

Among the extensive Class of 2019 athletes include Giovanni Augustin (SS), Brandon Baez (CB), Wesley Joseph (CB/S), Tyrese Lamour (SS), Clifton Miller (CB), Jamal Sarrazin (CB) and Jha'Qwori Austin.

Class of 2020 standouts Dajuan Bethel (CB), Jordan Cumberbatch (SS) and Myles Harden (CB) are solid – and rising star cornerback Torrie Cox, Jr. (CB), who is the son of former Miami Northwestern, Pitt and NFL standout Torrie Cox, Sr.

The linebacking corp will also be impressive with Class of 2019 athletes Tyriq Brown and Hugh Dinnall (MLB), as well as Class of 2020 prospects Benjamin Peacock (MLB)

and Leonard Ingram.

Up front, this is a program that always has the talent with Class of 2019 rising seniors Javon Johnson, Adrian Brabham, Jr., Charles Johnson and Evan Turner – as well as Class of 2020 athletes Corey Clarke, Derrick Hall and Darius Gaskin.

OFFENSIVE POTENTIAL AWAITS

As the Patriots have been known for the quality defense they play, the offense will also boast some difference makers.

The quarterback position is in great hands – with senior transfer Nathaniel Williams and gifted freshman Cedquan Smith.

The running game, solid a year ago, will showcase some tremendous talent with rising seniors Cliffton Miller, Taylor Banks and Jahmari Dovril – as well as Class of 2020 talent Michael Carswell.

The group of receivers also figure to add balance to the unit with Class of 2019 performers David Dolcine and Amir Harvey. Class of 2020 standouts Alton Hammonds, Jacarvis Alexandre and Reheim Rainey are joined by versatile Torrie Cox Jr.

The offensive line always has quality – with rising seniors Marcus Allen (T), John De La Cruz (G), Tremaine Hutchinson, Jr. (C), Samuel Kemp III (T) and Marcus Rodriguez (C) and gifted Class of 2021 guard Aiden Cange.

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