Larry Blustein

MONDAY TAKE: Southridge Making A Run In A Crowded 8A

Larry Blustein
October 01, 2018 - 10:05 am

There’s going to be a day –when Miami Palmetto will beat Southridge on the football field.

That day was not last Friday – as the Spartans came from behind to win a key district matchup, 27-16.

The loss, for head coach Mike Manasco and his Panthers, really stings. This was the year that the defending district champs felt they had the talent to beat this program. It wasn’t meant to be.

For the Spartans, the win really puts everything into focus. Win out in the district and earn a 1 or 2 seed in the region. 

With one of the nation’s best teams, Carol City, coming in on Friday, the concern is not so much on the Chiefs, but putting the district away.

In the win over the Panthers, it was defense that did the damage late in the game after the rain started falling at Tropical Park.

Linebackers Naquon Fagan and Emmanuel Belgrave returned fumbles for scores to give this team a huge boost.

Palmetto, which has been tremendous on defense this season, lost quarterback Cairiq Rackley and big time senior athlete Cornelius Nunn to second half injuries, which also hampered the team late.

PALMETTO PROSPECT WATCH

2021 - Corey Collier, DB

2020 - Kameron Darville, OL

2019 - Mitchell Daverman, DL

2021 - Derrick Edwards, WR

2022 - Bob Golden, WR

2019 - Chris Greene, DL

2020 - Robert Hanna, DB

2022 – Mike Jackson, Athlete

2020 - Javon Marshall, Athlete

2021 - Lamond Morrison, OL

2019 – Darian Parrish, LB

2020 - Kentron Poitier, WR

2019 - Cuevas Russ, DB

2021 - Brashard Smith, RB

2019 - Kane Vandemark, WR

2019 - Eddie Williams, LB

2021 - Ralph Williams, RB

SOUTHRIDGE PROSPECT WATCH

2019 – Latrell Allen, OL

2020 – Marcus Fleming, WR

2019 – Diamante Howard

2020 – Jaheim Jerry, WR

2019 – Christopher McDonald, DB

2019 – Matthew Moulton, DT

2020 – Roscoe Parrish, WR

2019 – Courtney Reese, RB

2019 – Joe Smith, LB

2019 – Tyrique Stevenson, DB

2019 – Marvin Strong, DE

2021 – Leonard Taylor, DL

2019 – Kirk Williams, LB

2020 – Jaylin Willis, QB

2020 – George Young, RB

BELEN JESUIT QUIETLY MAKING A PLAYOFF RUN

The one thing that Eddie Delgado has found out about in his two years as a head football coach is that things change from week to week.

While his Belen Jesuit Wolverines ran their record to 3-2 with a 26-6 district win over Coral Reef on Friday, it came just a week after Christopher Columbus beat them, 21-7.

With the toughest part of the schedule out of the way, this is a team that has a chance to race toward the playoffs – once again – with some momentum.

With University of Miami commit Don Chaney, Jr. on the sidelines, resting up for the stretch run, it was senior Danny Esteban who stepped up.

Running for all four touchdowns, Esteban and a solid defense gave this program a win that will start the road back to the top of the district.

BELEN JESUIT PROSPECT WATCH

2020 – Francisco Aguero, RB/S

2019 – Sebastian Alonso, WR/S

2019 – Alberto Arazoza, OL

2020 – Sean Luc Beaubien, FS/RB

2020 – Nick Broucek, WR/DB

2021 – Pablo Carreno, OL/DL

2020 – Ralph Desantis, RB/DE

2021 – Dorian Gonzalez, QB/S

2020 – Nicholas Gonzalez, FS/RB

2022 – Ian Johnson, OL

2019 – Christopher Maza, OL/DL

2020 – Nicholas Oyarzun, OL/DL

2020 – Nathan Payne, WR/DB

2019 – Juan Perez, OL/DL

2020 – Stefano Pinto, OL/TE

2019 – Benjamin Puente, OL/DE

2020 – Breton Rice, P/PK

CORAL REEF PROSPECT WATCH

2019 – James Bunyan, DB

2019 – Dajon Clark, DB

2020 – Matthew Gavilan, DT

2021 – Tyler Hamilton, LB

2019 – Daniel Henderson, PK

2020 – Makhi Jones, DL

2021 – Jonathan Krogh, DE

2019 – Jonathan Lewis, DT

2019 – Christopher Perez, DB

2020 – Hayden Wisdom, WR

2020 – Dominic Zorrilla, WR

HALLANDALE REMAINS UNBEATEN IN DISTRICT PLAY

While Plantation American Heritage and Cardinal Gibbons still figure to battle it out for the district title, Hallandale and its newly minted “Big Play Chain” took center stage last Saturday night at home against Miami Jackson.

Jumping out to a 27-6 lead, Hallandale and head coach Herman Lovett and the Chargers held on for a 27-20 and moved to 2-0 with Coconut Creek coming up this week.

Led by versatile senior Tavaris Daniels, sophomore quarterback Bryan McCoy, Andrew Henley and many others, this team turned some heads.

HALLANDALE PROSPECT WATCH

2021 – Gaethan Bernadel, LB

2019 – Lens Bernadel, OL

2019 – Roger Brown, DB

2019 – Bryan Casado, RB

2020 – Xavier Desir, WR

2020 – Randy Ingram, OL

2019 – Rashaud Pratt, S

2019 – Deimon Santos, DB

2021 – Jeron Scharoun, Jr., OL

2020 – Tyron Streeter, WR

2019 – Devon Taylor, DL

2021 – Jah-mel Williams, DE

2020 – Rasmus Wright, WR 

JACKSON PROSPECT WATCH

2020 – Raheem Berry, DE

2019 – Antwan Brinson, WR

2021 – Darius Chester, RB

2019 – Trenod Desrosier, RB

2019 – David Essix, WR

2019 – Brieon Fuller, WR

2020 – Baron Grant, WR

2019 – Shawn Hampton, DB

2020 – Henry Henderson, DB

2020 – Earnest Johnson III, LB

2019 – Nathaniel Price, DL

2019 – Philman Roundtree, LB

2021 – Tyous Taylor, QB

PHOTO  COURTESY OF THE MIAMI DOLPHINS

BIG PERFORMANCES HIGHLIGHT WEEK 5

Once again this past week, there were some quality performers across south Florida. Here is a look at some of those standouts:

2021 – Chaminade RB Thaddius Franklin - Ran for 135 yards and 3 TDs in a win over Piper.

2019 – Jakeem Hall, LB, Plantation. Recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown in leading the Colonels’ top-rated defense over Flanagan.

2021 – Cedquan Smith, QB, Miramar. Threw for 290 yards and 3 TDs in a district win over Cypress Bay.

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