South Dade Has The Talent To Contend Once Again

Larry Blustein
August 13, 2018 - 9:15 am

Larry Blustein

During South Dade’s 9-3 season in 2017, this program showed that it still has what it takes to win football games.

Falling short of a district title, the Bucs showcased a number of athletes who made a difference during the year – and in the playoff win against North Miami.

Since winning the 2013 8A state title, head coach Nate Hudson and his team have been in the mix every year – and that does not figure to change in 2018.

This season, while a number of athletes have moved on from last year, there are plenty of quality players to keep this program in the mix throughout the year.

Playing in one of most competitive 8A districts in Florida - with district champion Miami Palmetto, rival Southridge, Killian, Homestead and Coral Reef, look for the Bucs to make another run – using a mix of veteran and youth players.


The name of the game will be playmakers this season for South Dade, and with some key linemen and receivers, things could get very interesting.

Senior transfer quarterback Demetrius Burns is one of those players who just gets the job done. His assignment this year will be to get this team back to the playoffs.

Senior running backs Travonta Gilmore and Demetrius Randolph, and juniors Roderick Grissom and Santana Hawkins are impressive. So is sophomore Justin Smith.

The receivers are among the most talented you will find with seniors Frank Ladson, Jr. and Najeh Baker will be joined by talented juniors Freddie Bruce, Melchelzadek Mathews and Trevon Sanders. There is also sophomore Lester Mora.

When you look at the South Dade teams of the past, you think about side up front. This year will not disappoint – with seniors William Perez and Christian Wilt, and a junior class that features University of Miami commitment Jonathan Denis, Jose Mirabal and Jose Paez.

Sophomores Rayshod Gordon and Matthew Morales, and freshman Patrick Atkins are solid.


Even with the loss of a number of key players from last year, the defense will be more than solid – with playmakers – and major prospects.

Up front, there are a number of seniors. Prospects such as Quentin Collier (DE), Gerard Henry, Terrance House, Lazaro Nunez and Alejandro Vega.

Quality juniors include Terrell Battle (DE), Tavares Corbitt (DE) and Nathan Wilcox, who not only plays defensive end, but also plays tight end and fullback on the Bucs’ offense.

Look for two-way sophomore Boaz Ieremia (OL) and Jaheem Nottage to also make an impact in 2018.

With defense certainly a focal point, especially with the schedule that this program has, the linebacking play will be essential.

Seniors Devin Hardy, Jeremiah Jean-Baptiste and Marty Jones will be counted on to the lead the way for a solid group of underclassmen.

Leading the way in that group of prospects include junior Jaheem Wright and sophomores Carl Dunklin and Tyler Johnson (DE).

The secondary will once again be stacked, proving that this program always produces elite athlete after elite athlete.

Seniors Jamal Creighton, Paul McIdntyre and game-tested Felix Nembhard, Jr. will be counted on in a big way. So will a group of juniors who have the chance to make this one of the best secondaries in south Florida over the next year.

University of Miami commitments Jaiden Francois and Keshawn Washington are impressive. So are Carl Kichen and Jalin Wilson, and sophomore Callum Clements.

South Dade figures to be in some close district games this year, and for that reason, having special teams players like senior Jeff Gonzalez and freshman Edward Moreno are solid and ready 

This list of our Spring/Summer Spotlight will continue right through as part of our 2018 Countdown To Kickoff.

American Heritage (Plantation) Patriots.

Belen Jesuit (Miami) Wolverines.

Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale) Chiefs.

Carol City (Miami) Chiefs.

Central Rockets (Miami).

Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood) Lions.

Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah) Lions.

Christopher Columbus (Miami) Explorers.

Dillard (Fort Lauderdale) Panthers.

Deerfield Beach Bucks.

Miramar Patriots.

Norland (Miami) Vikings.

North Miami Pioneers.

Northwestern (Miami) Bulls.

Nova (Davie) Titans.

Palmetto (Miami) Panthers.

Plantation Colonels.

Southridge Spartans.

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) Raiders.

University School (Fort Lauderdale) Sharks.

West Broward (Pembroke Pines) Bobcats.

Western (Davie) Wildcats.

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