SUMMER SPOTIGHT – West Broward Looking For More in 2018

Larry Blustein
June 25, 2018 - 10:50 am

Larry Blustein

When his West Broward football team dropped a 38-7 decision to St. Thomas Aquinas to end the 2017 season, head coach Monte Dilworth knew that what happened during the season was just the start for this program.

In winning the school’s first ever football district and beating West Palm Beach Forest Hill in the first round certainly gave this program something to rally around.

As the Bobcats get ready for the 2018 season, there is plenty to be excited about. With some key players returning on both sides of the ball.

While the offense was the focus much of last year – with the Wing-T attack scoring 365 points – the defense was indeed overlooked. Four times during the season, the unit held the opposition to one touchdown.

“We have a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball,” said Dilworth. “But the players on this team have bought into what we are doing – and that is more than half the battle.

Key prospects on defense, include seniors James Darr, James Dent and defensive end Hunter Jay. There is also two-way lineman Octavious Smith, a junior who also plays on the offensive side of the ball.

Senior linebacker Willie Webb, Jr. returns – as does senior defensive backs Malcolm Denbow and Khwan Mickens

“While we lost a number of key defensive players, there are returners and newcomers that will really help this unit grow in the coming months.

FEARING THE WING

If you know anything about the Wing T offense, you certainly understand why Dilworth and the Bobcats are excited. One of the top three running teams in all over South Florida in 2017, look for this unit to be potent once again.

One of Broward’s best running/linebacker prospects around, Dominic Tianga, returns after a record-setting year.

Tianga is the ultimate two-way performers in South Florida – with speed and power. He is also someone who gets it done in the classroom as well.

In addition, fellow senior speedster Jason Montes may be one of the best kept secrets around.

The offense does throw the ball – and when they do, seniors Anthony Livoti and Jason O’Keefe are more than capable.

Up front, the size is in place with coaches who are regarded as some of the best around.

Seniors Braden Davis, Eric Garner, Zachary Kappes and Daniel Rupner are all solid. So is junior Keegan Ortis and sophomore Malik Bond.

When looking at special teams, the Bobcats have one of the nation’s best in senior Tyler Waxman, who has won major showcases.

“Even with the losses we had to graduation and a few young men that decided to transfer, we still have more than capable prospects,” Dilworth said. “From a conditioning standpoint, there are very few teams that will be able stay with us for all four quarters. Nothing beats being in the best shape possible.”

Once again this season, the schedule will be challenging – with non-district matchups with state-rated 8A power Plantation, Coral Glades, South Plantation, Fort Lauderdale and Everglades.

The competitive 7A district schedule includes much improved McArthur, Hollywood Hills, Cooper City, South Broward and Nova.

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