Larry Blustein

Dolphins’ Dade-Broward All-Star Game Friday Night

Larry Blustein
January 09, 2019 - 9:31 am

In the past seven years that the post season high school all-star game has been held, the Miami Dolphins annual game has always been competitive.

This Friday night (7:15) at Traz Powell Stadium in Miami, will be the host to the eighth contest - and like it does every year - expect to see plenty of big time prospects.

As much as this annual game between, two of the most fertile football regions in the nation is about showcasing many of the stars who brought home three state championships, it is also additional film for those who have not yet chosen their college.

“We watch these young men compete from the beginning, and now, as another season comes to an end, it’s definitely about rewarding these football players,” said Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Manager Troy Drayton. “We have the opportunity to watch these players mature through the four years that they are in high school.”

The Dolphins have been stepping up in the community - when it comes to football and girls’ flag football - and over the past two years - have been able to bridge the gap even more - with the help of owner Steven Ross and his will to spotlight local youngsters.

This past year, the Dolphins invited several local high school teams - from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach to take part in a day of fun and learning.

Schools are invited to practices during the summer, and interact with the players as well as coaches. This once in a lifetime opportunity has set this franchise apart from the rest of the NFL.

“From the top of the organization all the way down, there has been a sense of wanting to get these young men and women involved with our brand,” Drayton explained. “There are so many people who  make this happen year round.”

Indeed, From Jason Jenkins (SVP Communications & Community Affairs) and Twan Russell (Director of Community Affairs) to a number of others, the Dolphins visit parks, donate equipment and reward area youth players and team moms -  as well as high school players and coach of the week throughout the home schedule.

Prior to every home game, area newsmakers are recognized at Hard Rock Stadium.

FRIDAY’S GAME SHOULD BE EXCITING

The one thing that everyone is searching for, when it comes to coaching, is loyalty, and the two coaches this year certainly have worked hard to develop prospects and get them on the path to college.

For Hialeah-Miami Lakes coach Tyronn Johnson and Fort Lauderdale’s Richard Dunbar, this is about showcasing athletes and getting them exposure.

“You have two coaches who definitely get what this is all about,” Drayton explained. “When we select the coaches, it’s all about what they do to make their programs better.”

Among the Broward players expected take part include Western quarterback Jesse Rivera, St. Thomas receiver Jamal Cooney, American Heritage running back Tyler Jones, 5A state champion punter Daton Montiel and West froward kicker Tyler Waxman.

In addition, Fort Lauderdale Air Force Academy-bound twins Demetris and Desmond Dorceus, Nova lineman Lance Hollis, Dillard linebacker Shanoyd White and Deerfield Beach standout student/athlete Keyon Martin and Monarch linebacker Michael Torrence.

The Miami-Dade squad is also stacked with talent as well.

On offense, look for Northwestern 6A state champion quarterback Isaiah Velez, receivers Brieon Fuller, (Jackson) and Ernest Balkman, (Northwestern) - as well as linemen Joshua Johnson, (Southridge) and Shawn Cassy, (Norland).

Defensively, there are a number of quality football players as well. Linemen Darius Gaiter, (North Miami) and Philman Roundtree, (Jackson) are solid. So are linebackers Sammy Bencid, (Coral Park) and Derek Luster, (Hialeah Miami Lakes).

In the secondary, look for Wendol Philord Jr, (Jackson), Jaysen Soroh, (American) and Trema Baptiste, (Homestead).

The game is held in partnership with the Greater Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC) and the Broward County Athletic Association (BCAA) and features standouts

who have been selected to participate in the event. 

Admission to watch the game and enjoy Miami Dolphins tailgate activities is $7.

A LOOK BACK TO THE 2018 GAME

Terrence “T.J.” Craig spent three years, attending events and putting himself in a position where college coaches will start to notice.

Last January, over a three hour period, the Miami Jackson quarterback turned heads and impressed those in attendance at Western High in Davie, coming away with a  17-8 win

With Craig leading the way on offense – teammate Keyshawn Paul – who was also trying to jump in the spotlight – had a tremendous game, keeping Broward’s standout receiver Dominick Watt (Miramar) in check.

Some of the prospects who took part in 2018 included Miami-Dade players Wayne Barr (DL, Miami Norland), Xavier Burns (DE, Coral Gables), Lamont Finnie (WR, Miami High), Justin Hill (Athlete, Miami Northwestern), Devontae McCray (DL, Miami Northwestern), Chris Metayer (DB, Miami Central) and Antquan Kinsey (LB, Miami High) to name a few.

Broward was also represented by Daniel Barker (TE, Deerfield Beach), Dante Banton (DE, Boyd Anderson), Dawson Hill (RB, South Plantation), Hansky Paillant (DL, Miramar), Shaun Peterson (RB/LB, Nova) and linebacker Jesse Smith (Miramar).

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