SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: Nova Looks To Continue Post Season Run

Larry Blustein
August 07, 2018 - 12:38 pm

Larry Blustein

If you happen to be a Nova High football fan, the past two years have been a lot of fun.

Two years ago, catching everyone by surprise, head coach Kevin Huntley and his Titans won the district, before losing to Mater Academy in the opening round of the playoffs.

Winning the district title for the first time in 20 years, Nova once again returned to the spotlight – a –place they hadn’t been in quite some time.

Last year, finishing second to West Broward, the Titans lost in the opening round of the state playoffs to Doral Academy.

What Huntley has been able to do with this program is teach and coach. At a school that has long been known for Pat McQuaid’s amazing baseball programs – and over the past decade plus – the girls’ basketball team – football has never been the showcase sport.

Heading into the 2018 season, this is a young team, but certainly has the combination of talent and coaching to once again reach the post season.

Because this is not a team that can use any defined feeder youth program – the Titans have to hope that those coming into the school via a lottery system – can play.

As St. Thomas Aquinas goes into the season as the top team in the region, the Titans are certainly in the mix to make the post season. West Broward and McArthur appear to be early obstacles – along with Doral Academy from Miami-Dade.


As there are many holes to fill on the offensive side of the ball – including record-setting FIU signee Shaun Peterson, the defense could be a place to start when looking for a strength on this team.

Up front, there are Class of 2019 seniors Jamar Brown, Myles Jordan (DE), Sebastian Ramirez (DE), Isaiah Tigget and defensive end Anthony Williams.

The junior class is also quality – with Tolu Adegbo, Tyler Fernandez (DE), Tavaris Striggles, Derrick Wright and standout sophomore Boaz Saint Vil.

The linebacker position has promise with senior Richard Allen, IV teaming up with juniors Julian Bimsain, Staniel Brutus, Napolean Gilbert and Josh Young.

The group of defensive backs that this team has could turn out to be special – with seniors Kehino Bennett and Antonio Clark.

The Titans are also impressive with juniors Adonis Garcia, Langston Locke, Carty, Brian Barbot, Jey’Vonte and Jonathan Nesbitt, III. There is also sophomore Blake Belus.


Even with the loss of Peterson, the Titans had other players who also made an impact in 2017.

Replacing key positions will be essential as this program looks toward a bright future.

At the quarterback position, Coach Huntley will start with senior Michael Fewquay, but also have versatile junior Dontaevous St. Rose, who can also play receiver.

With Peterson and Harris moving on, look for juniors Daveon Floyd and Keyshun Poole, and sophomore Jerrell Mash to give the running game a boost.

With balance on the offense the objective this season, the group of receivers who start the season look to be ready to learn

Juniors .Jayden Brown, Jordan Johnson and Myles Jordan will combine with sophomores Johnathan Bowles and Bryan Reid.

When going against district foes West Broward, Holywood Hills, Cooper City, McArthur and South Broward, winning the battle up front is essential. The Titans believe that they will win some wars this season – especially with seven seniors in the rotation.

Look for four year standout Lance Hollis to lead this quality group that includes Anthony Eason, Garey Howe, Rodman Rivera, Devin Saunders, Devon Saunders and Christopher Thompson.

The Titans also feature versatile athlete Antoine Thompson and James Watt.

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.

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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