SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: Plantation Is Back – Ready To Contend

Larry Blustein
July 09, 2018 - 10:12 am

Larry Blustein

Two years ago, when veteran head coach Steve Davis stepped aside at Plantation High, things began to go south.

In just one year, players transferred and stopped coming out for a program that has always had its share of talent and quality teams.

While fans watched in amazement – how a program that has long been a factor in south Florida football - fell off the map.

While that season may have not meant a lot to some, those close to the program were not used to being the team on losing end of scores – and that is when things began to change.

Davis announced he was coming back – and by the spring of 2017 – the Colonels were indeed looking a lot different than they did when 2016 season had ended.

What happened last season was this program – which has competed with the best in south Florida over the years, started to show signs of returning to that program that had battled against the elite over the years.

With a return to the state playoffs, Davis and his football program made it back to a place where they had been for so many years – and in the process – set the tone for the future.

With a solid spring win over Coconut Creek, Plantation showed that they will indeed be one of the 8A programs to keep an eye on this coming season.

OFFENSE WILL SCORE

Because the Colonels have been recognized as a defensive program through the years, this season’s offense could surprise many – with a few returning starters and additions who could help to kick start this “Wing-T” attack.

Leading the way will be a pair of junior quarterbacks - Gerard Nesbitt and David Saint-Hilaire, who showed they are ready to lead this unit.

The running game is always strong – and with seniors Elishah Barnwell, Kayin Cooper, South Plantation transfer Hammersham White, Jr. and standout Kyle Walters, things are in great hands.

Juniors Kaleb Claxton and Jaheim Grace – and Class of 2021 emerging standout Cameron Palmer are all solid as well.

When the Colonels throw the ball, look for senior receivers Carl Pierre and impressive sophomores Xavier Bolden and Jacolby George. Class of 2021 tight end Devin Howard will also be solid.

Where this team really gets you is up front – with seniors Deon Martin, Keon Martin, Antonio Simpson and Alex Traill 

Juniors Elijah Cireus and Amille Doctrine, sophomore Nickel Beauvois, Jr. and incoming freshman Shomari Seymour will all be counted on in 2018.

THE DEFENSE IS ALWAYS KEY

Look through the years – and you will see a defensive unit that can stand up against anyone in south Florida. 

The Colonels pride themselves on getting after it on the defensive side of the ball – and 2018 will see senior linemen Kahlil Bryan, Malik McNeil, Adam Owens and defensive end Anthony Sumner.

Junior defensive ends Trezmon Hall and Omilio Savage are also rising standouts that have already turned heads.

The defense continues with a linebacking corps that can rival anyone – starting with seniors Devon Corker, Kinley Daudin, Jakeem Hall and Kebby Louidor.

Juniors Carlson Armstrong and Javaris Davis are joined by sophomores Josh Glaze and Isaiah Palmer.

The secondary showed in the spring that it will be up for the challenge – with senior standouts Akih Chiverton, Adrian Cole, Otis Ragin, Khamari Smith and Keyon Todd.

The junior class will also be more than solid with a quality group that includes Zemond Davis, Rahlique Grange, South Plantation transfer Harold Sims III, Roshane Steven and Brandon Thomas. Sophomore Ralph Campbell is also impressive.

The Colonels will look to senior Manny Paz to handle the punting and kicking.

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