MONDAY TAKE: Carol City, Central Continue To Showcase Elite Talent

Larry Blustein
October 29, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Larry Blustein

We all know by now that paying any attention to national rankings are basically worthless – even when they choose you as a top team.

For many across the country, coming up with valid national team rankings is just a stab in the dark, often paying little or no attention to those who actually watch these elite programs compete every week, and certainly have a much better idea of what they are capable of doing.

Take the Carol City Chiefs as the best example. Head coach Benedict Hyppolite’s team started the year outside the nation’s Top 100 teams – because the author of these rankings had NO clue and has never watched south Florida football - outside of 7-on-7.

Eleven other teams from Florida were rated in the pre-season poll that came under heavy criticism from those who realized that the Chiefs were being picked to win the always competitive District 16-6A and advance to the state championships, but had NO love from national analysts.

After last Friday’s win over a Miami Central team that has climbed within the top 10 in the nation, the UNBEATEN Chiefs, who were stripped of two early season victories because of ineligible players, are the champions of America’s most competitive football district.

The 36-28 win over the Rockets not only put this program in a great position for the run to Orlando in the first weekend of December, but it showed all those “experts” that covering south Florida football from 3,000 miles away is impossible – especially when you have two teams that have, and will always play against any program nationally.

Remember, these are the same public schools that have gone on the road and have beaten the best teams that recruiting can assemble for years.

Even when this team was stripped of the two wins – to Plantation American and Miami Christopher Columbus – those games were one-sided and neither would come within three touchdowns if they played again.

THE MUCH ANTICIPATED BATTLE

With so many other key games taking place on this important 10th week of the season, the attention fell on Traz Powell Stadium – as a full house watched Carol City take advantage of numerous Central mistakes, especially early on as the Rockets struggled and kept giving the Chiefs opportunities and build a quick 16-0 lead in the first quarter. The quick Chiefs start began with 4:55 left in the first quarter when, on fourth-and-3 at the Central 36, senior quarterback Daniel Richardson found a wide open Thaiu Jones-Bell for a touchdown.

The Chiefs – despite the two off-the-field losses – should still be the No. 1 seed in the region, and Central will most likely have the No. 5 seed, and a rematch? It is almost 100 percent sure. No team in the region should come within 4 touchdowns of either team – and that only means another packed house for the best two teams in Florida – and perhaps nationally. No matter what anyone in California or Texas says!

CAROL CITY PROSPECT WATCH

2019 – Jarvis Bownlee, DB

2019 – Denzel Daxon, DL

2019 – Willie Floyd, LB

2021 – Katravis Geter, RB

2019 – Juwan James, DL

2019 – Amari Johnson, WR

2019 – Khembrell Leon, LB

2021 – Travis McNichols, DB

2019 – Malcolm Ray, DL

2019 – Greg Reddick, DB
2019 – Daniel Richardson, QB

2019 – Anthony Sanders, OL

2019 – D’Andre Stafford, WR

2020 – Darius Stokes, DB

2020 – Amaru Teneus, DB

2020 – Marcel Williams, DB

2019 – Nayquan Wright, RB

CENTRAL PROSPECTS SPOTLIGHT

2020 – Treyvon Allen,DL

2020 – Elijah Abreu, DB

2019 – Andre Auguste, DL

2019 – Tatum Bethune, LB

2022 – Wesley Bissainthe, LB

2019 – Andrew Bloodsaw, DB

2019 – Dorrian Bolden, DL

2020 – Carlos Boothe, OL

2021 – Demon Brown, RB

2019 – Deveson Cadet, DB

2019 – Erick Cheeley, DB

2019 – Darius Conley, DB

2020 – Charles Dorsey, DL

2020 – Omar Dukes, DL

2019 – Ronnie Dunn, OL

2019 – Kyndal Farrington, DE

2020 – Keith Francois, DB

2019 – Anthony Frederick, WR

2020 – Henry Gray, DB

2020 – Jalen Harrell, DB

2020 – Juan Henry, RB

2020 – Hernedy Janvier, LB

2022 – Jayden John, PK/P

2019 – Lexington Joseph, RB

2019 – Justin King, LB

2019 – Kaelon Mazelin, DL

2019 – Zamareen Odoms, LB

2020 – Michael Paddyfoot, DL

2020 – Shemar Paul, RB

2019 – Michael Powell DL

2020 – Trevor Reaves, DB

2019 – Came’rhon Robinson, DE

2019 - Eldrick Slocum, LB

2019 – Nigel Taylor, WR

2019 – Travon Taylor, OL

2020 – Jose Ultima, WR

2019 – Maurice Underwood, QB

2020 – Derrick Williams, LB

2020 – Shamar Zaragoza, WR

DISTRICT TITLES ARE WON

The unbeaten (10-0) Christopher Columbus Explorers, Deerfield Beach Bucks, Belen Jesuit Wolverines and the Hialeah T-Breds all wrapped up district titles.

For Hialeah and first year head coach Gary Sanchez, a win over North Miami, put this program at 8-1, heading into the final non-district game of the season this week.

In addition, Southridge, which came close last year, used a 15-13 win over South Dade to bring home a district crown as well.

South Miami continued to make a push for a 7A playoff spot as the Cobras routed Miami Springs, 46-7.

In an overtime district loss to Palmetto, Killian freshman DE Steve Shannon had 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss - while junior DE Armani Triplett had 2 sacks and 5 tackles. 

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