MONDAY TAKE: Chaminade-Madonna More Than Ready To Defend 3A Title

Larry Blustein
November 05, 2018 - 9:12 am

Larry Blustein

There are very few football teams that you can look at it in south Florida and feel as confident about as Chaminade-Madonna.

Head coach Dameon Jones and the Lions may not have the lineage that Central, Carol City, St. Thomas Aquinas, Deerfield Beach or American Heritage has, but this team’s path to defending their 3A state title may should be easier than most.

While you never count your chickens, as they say, this team will be double digit favorites in every game right through Orlando. 

After last Friday night’s 35-0 win over previously unbeaten and No. 1 4A team, University School, the state now understands all about the Lions.


Every south Florida team will have some kind of obstacle in winning it all this year.

In 8A, you have five teams that are capable of getting to Camping World Stadium. While St. Thomas should easily get to Orlando, when they get there, the opponent – either Lakeland or Lake City Columbia – will be no pushover. In 6A, Carol City is the favorite, but Central is right there. It makes NO difference who comes out of the north.

Even though we would all like to think that Cardinal Gibbons and American Heritage should be the teams to watch in 5A, No. 1 seed Rockledge has won five straight games – in impressive fashion. There is also Tampa Jesuit, and national power Jacksonville Trinity Christian in a potential final.

The Lions’ road for the third straight year will have a bump – in Clearwater Central Catholic, but it’s tough to believe that anyone in 3A has what the Lions have.


Five University of Miami commitments, a Penn State-bound receiver, an offensive line that is not what you find at this size school, a special teams that features some impressive athletes and a coaching staff that has indeed been there – and done that. That’s what you have in front of you when playing this team.

In Keontra Smith (safety) the University of Miami got a gem. This is indeed the heart and soul of a unit that does not give up a lot of points – to anyone.

Others like cornerback Te’cory Couch and defensive end Cameron Williams, and junior lineman Willie Moise are quality playmakers.

The Lions have plenty of other prospects who continue to make a major impact –with Penn State receiver commit John Dunmore leading the way. Other seniors such as defensive back James Williams, quarterback Daelen Menard and surprising defensive end Thomas Armstrong, who came in this year from West Broward. 

There are also juniors – such as defensive back Benjamin Onwuzo and receiver Elijah Canion, who has the opportunity to be very special as well. So is lineman Joseph Habinowski. 


Then you have sophomore Thaddius Franklin, who has dominated at every level – and continues to do it with the Lions. Franklin has run for 644 yards the past two weeks, is easily as good as you get – at 6-1, 217. He is also a big time basketball player.

Franklin is committed to the University of Miami as well.


2019 – Yousef Aubu, OL

2021 – Jabaz Adderson, OL

2021 – River Brazil, OL

2019 – Dominic Bruzzi, LB

2019 – Chris Buonadonna, CB

2019 – Vincent Buonadonna, CB

2020 – Rony Bourdeau, RB/WR/DB

2019 – Timothy Butler, OL

2019 – Jordan Cash, WR

2020 – Marc Christie, WR

2021 – Carter Davis, PK

2019 – Willie Davis, RB

2020 – Donovan Desir, WR

2020 – Bre’Shaud Evans, S

2019 – Keyshawn Fede, LB/DE

2019 – Ernest Felder, LB

2021 – Derek Geffrard, RB

2020 – Gabriel Gomez, PK

2019 – Justin George, OL

2019 – Jake Hoffman, LB

2019 – Andrew Iulianelli, FB/DE/P

2019 – Kijuan Reid Jacques, DE

2021 – Josh Jenkins, Slot

2022 – Jamaal Johnson, DE

2019 – Ahmaud Jordan, S

2021 – Alex Law, QB

2022 – Kalun-J Matthew, DT

2019 – Jimmy Nixon, OL

2019 – Grantis Poole, Slot/DB

2021 – David Richardson, LS/OL

2019 – Mehki Simmons, S

2019 – Kalif Smith, RB

2020 – Deidrick Stanley, DB

2022 – Germanuel Tanelus, S

2020 – Mason Toro, PK

2022 – Ryan Turner, CB

2019 – William Turner, OL

2021 – Lynden Washington, OL

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