Larry Blustein

MONDAY TAKE: Spring Games Taking Center Stage This Week

Larry Blustein
May 13, 2019 - 11:17 am

Since the last few days of April, when spring football officially began across the state of Florida, teams and players have worked hard to improve their game.

All that will start to come to an end – beginning this week – when area programs will participate in spring games, jamborees and intra-squad as college coaches will have one last live look at many of these student/athletes before the summer officially begins.

As many local programs get set to participate in these events, it is yet another piece of the recruiting puzzle that includes important exposure to the hundreds of college coaches who have been in south Florida this spring.

For North Miami head coach Pat Colon, who will take his team into Traz Powell Stadium on Wednesday night against 6A power Miami Central, it’s the chance to see what the Pioneers need to work on before getting the summer started.

North Miami makes the move from 8A to 7A this season, and there are many challenges ahead – including a meeting with defending 5A state champion Cardinal Gibbons.

“The great thing about playing here in south Florida is the competition will get you better if you allow it to happen,” Colon said. “By playing Coach Roland Smith and Central, you are playing the best of the best – and that is the only way our program will get better.”

While many opt not to play games, it is not always a great thing. If coaches are afraid that people will see what they have – or don’t have – they picked the wrong region to do it in. With social media and those who like to spread the word, everyone knows exactly what each and every team has, and many view not playing another opponent as cheating the players out of that competition.

First year head coach Anthony Collins is one of those coaches who believe that no matter who you play – or what opponent is across from you – it’s a win/win. The Bulldogs will lineup against 5A North Miami Beach, and Collins is more than excited for the opportunity.

“You cannot get as much from just playing yourselves,” he said. “I have been around this game long enough to know that when you pound each other for three to four weeks, it’s great and healthy for the players to go against other competition. That is my belief, and it is fully shared by those I know.”

There are a number of local schools that do not play against other teams during the spring, and obviously it hasn’t hurt then, but when you seek out competition and keep your players and coaches sharp throughout the years – it is a great things for the players and the program. Fans love to watch their teams compete against other competition.

For Deerfield Beach head coach Jevon Glenn and his Bucks, competition is the name of the game, and with a big time fall schedule ahead, this program will make the 400 mile trip to Jacksonville to take on national power Trinity Christian. It is not only something the players are looking forward to, but the fans and parents relish the chance to support their team in the spring – on the road.

“We have a lot of young players on this team, and the opportunity for them to go on the road and play against a national power is something that we all feel is so valuable to our program,” Glenn said. “It will give the top prospects on our football team a chance to lineup against elite competition – and expose the younger players to amazing talent.”

Whatever your program decides to do in the spring, it’s what happens during the upcoming season that everyone will remember, and that is indeed the bottom line.

SPRING SCHEDULE

Here are some of the games/scrimmages coming up during the next two weeks:

MAY 14

INTER-SQUAD SCRIMMAGE

NSU University School

MAY 15

Atlantic (Delray Beach) vs. Miami Northwestern at Traz Powell

Southridge (Miami), Boca Raton Olympic Heights at Palm Beach Gardens, 7

Clearwater Central Catholic and Miami Belen Jesuit at Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, 6 p.m

MAY 16

Calvary Christian (Fort Lauderdale) at Glades Day

Immaculata-La Salle at Westminster Academy

Miami High at Ferguson, 3

North Miami vs. Miami Central at Traz Powell, 7

Pembroke Pines Charter at Reagan

JAMBOREES

Columbus, Everglades, Miami Springs at Coconut Creek

Hialeah-Miami Lakes, Miami Killian at Gulliver Prep

Jupiter Christian, Pompano Beach vs. Village Academy at Hilltoper Stadium (Delray)

Miami Norland, Monarch vs. Fort Lauderdale at Northeast High (Oakland Park)

MAY 17

American vs. Miami Jackson

Cooper City at Hallandale

Deerfield Beach at Trinity Christian (Jacksonville)

Miami Carol City at Naples

Miami Edison at Miramar

INTER-SQUAD SCRIMMAGE

Cypress Bay

South Miami

MAY 18

Boyd Anderson, Glades Central, Miami Palmetto, Plantation, Rockledge, Stranahan, Treasure Coast at Palm Beach Lakes

MAY 22

Booker T. Washington at McArthur

Coral Springs Charter at Douglas

Homestead at Southwest Miami

Palmer Trinity at Pine Crest

South Plantation at Northeast (Oakland Park)

Taravella at Dillard

Nova, Pahokee, Piper at Blanche Ely

MAY 23

South Dade at Coral Gables

INTER-SQUAD SCRIMMAGE

Monsignor Pace

St. Thomas Aquinas

MAY 24

Champagnat Catholic at Coral Glades

North Miami Beach at South Broward

Archbishop McCarthy, Santaluces, Seminole Ridge at Cardinal Newman

INTER-SQUAD SCRIMMAGE

Western

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