MONDAY TAKE: Cardinal Gibbons Comes Up With A Rare Win In ‘Rivalry’

Larry Blustein
October 15, 2018 - 11:29 am

Larry Blustein

Moments after his team beat American Heritage, 24-14, Cardinal Gibbons head football coach Matt Dubuc, ushered his team into the west end zone in Plantation.

Before Dubuc started to talk to his team – following this monumental win against the nationally rated Patriots – he offered a response to something that was written about this series.

“It’s now a rivalry,” Dubuc explained, responding to things that were said about the annual meeting between these two 5A programs, which had been totally one sided through the past six years. “Big win, but not close to where this team needs to be.”

Through the years, head coach Pat Surtain’s team had been a major obstacle for the Chiefs – under head coach Mike Morrill and now, with Dubuc. But that ended as these two programs, which are still among the best in south Florida, played a classic game that was dictated by defense and big plays.

For the second straight years, defensive back Sidney Porter came up with a huge interception – this year it came in the closing seconds and resulted in a touchdown as the Patriots were driving to tie the game.

For the senior, the 70-yarder helped to end years of frustration that the Chiefs have suffered at the hands of this impressive team that is young and still loaded with quality football talent.

With the University of Kentucky coach Eddie Gran on hand to watch his record-setting quarterback commitment Nik Scalzo play along with tight end Nicholas Ogenovic, this was indeed a game to remember.

The Patriots also flexed some muscle with underclassmen stepping up – when junior quarterback Edwin Rhodes hit talented junior Douglas Emilien with a score.

With big plays highlighting this matchup, it turned out to be a classic that many are looking forward to a second meeting in the playoffs – like the past two seasons, but to make that happen, a lot has to transpire.

The region is loaded with emerging teams – such as top seed Rockledge, Orlando Jones, Hardee County and the No. 1 team in the state Tampa Jesuit.


2019 – Clarence Burley, DB

2019 – Derek Burns, DE

2019 – Timothy Butler, DB

2020 – Andy Garcia, LB

2019 – Kamryn Giles, DB

2020 – Ruben Hyppolite, LB

2019 – Beau Johnson, TE

2019 – Dorrian Jones, LB

2019 – Tyler Jones, RB

2019 – Jimmy Lowery, PK/P

2021 – Jaden McBurrows, DB

2019 – Frank Melgarejo, LS/OL

2019 – Tyler Milord, OL

2020 – Daryl Porter, Jr., DB

2021 – Omar Simpson, DB

2022 – Jacolby Spells, WR

2019 – Brandon Stapleton, DL

2019 – Khiry Stubbs, OL

2021 – James Williams, S

2019 – Lavelton Williams, RB

2020 – Hunter Zambrano, OL


2019 – Khris Bogle, DE

2019 – Rashon Crooks, DL

2020 – Tajae Davis, RB

2019 – Vincent Davis, RB

2019 – John Diaz, OL

2020 – Dasani Gordon, WR

2019 – Willie Hepburn, OL

2019 – Yahweh Jeudy, LB

2020 – Terry Mareus, DL

2020 – Gerald Mincey, OL

2019 – Daton Montiel, P/PK

2019 – Trevis Robinson, LB

2021 – Troy Stellato, WR

2019 – Dimon Stewart, WR

2019 – Johnathan Weaver, OL

2019 – Jamari Williams, OL

2020 – Majon Wright, WR


With the regular season winding down, there are several football prospects who are stepping up. Here is a look at some of those athletes turning heads:

• Ryle Aguila, QB, Hialeah. The standout junior threw for 302 yards, ran for 49 more and accounted for 4 TDs as the surprising T-Breds rolled along.

• Andrew Amunategui II, DE, Pine Crest. Had 3 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 2 knocked down passes in a game against Miami LaSalle.

• Arthur Brefil, RB, Cooper City. Had 220 yards and 3 TDs in a district win over Nova.

• James Ferrero, Jr., QB, Piper. Led the Bengals to a key district win over Taravella, keeping the Bengals alive in the post season playoff race.

•  Dalen Menard, QB, Chaminade-Madonna. Threw for 218 yards and 3 scores in a win over 4A Booker T. Washington. Two of those scores went to junior Elijah Canion.

• Malcolm Ray, DE, Miami Carol City. Had 6 sacks and 3 pressures in a win over Northwestern.

• Jesse Rivera, QB, Davie Western: The senior threw for a pair of touchdowns in a huge district win over Plantation.

. Gerald Williams, QB, Coral Gables. Threw for 4 TDs and 165 yards in a key district win. 

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