Larry Blustein

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: 4A Carol City Is Ready To Make A Statement

For much of last off season, when you talked about some of the best football programs in south Florida, everyone mentioned Miami Carol City.

The Chiefs not only had an amazing amount of talent, but the seniors on the team were experienced leaders and very hungry.

While head coach Benedict Hyppolite and his program were indeed among the best programs – not only in Florida – but regarded nationally as a team that had a chance to make a splash – things never worked out.

Falling short, losing to longtime rival Miami Central in the playoffs, it turned out to be a learning experience – and that is something, heading into the 2019 season, that this program will thrive on.

With a convincing spring win over state power Naples and some new faces coming aboard – along with the fact that the Chiefs have moved to Class 4A – there is plenty of optimism going around as the summer is now upon us.

“What happened last season is we learned a lot about ourselves,” Hyppolite pointed out. “One of the main things is everyone is this program, including me, needed to be accountable for everything.”

As this team starts the summer off – there is a sense the Chiefs are once again the team to beat. Even in very crowded 4A, where programs such as defending 5A state champion Cardinal Gibbons, Booker T. Washington, Monsignor Pace, Gulliver Prep and University School will be in the mix, the depth of talent that the Chiefs have is noticed as soon as you watch this team play.

DEFENSE ONCE AGAIN

The trademark of every Carol City team over the past 40 years has been defense – where big time prospects have emerged and moved on to the next level.

This year will be no exception as this program figures to be tough to move the ball on – through the air or on the ground – and as many found that out during win over Naples as the Chiefs forced six turnovers.

Up front, look for Class of 2020 standouts Davis Dixon, Michael Goss, A.J. Harris (DE) and Courtney Thomas (DE).

Class of 2021 prospects Jonathan Jean and Ronald Preston are solid. So are Class of 2022 rising standouts Freddie Harris (DE) and Rashaun Rainey (DE).

The group of linebackers that this program will showcase this season with Class of 2020 leaders Victor Covington, three year starter Willie Floyd, Victor Hylton and Terrance Tate.

Also, Class of 2021 prospects Wendell Curry and Marquis Sumler are solid as well.

The secondary, as usual, will be very solid – with gifted rising seniors Max Joseph (CB), Richard Lawson (SS), Larrion Moss (CB), Darius Stokes (S) and three year starter Marcel Williams (CB).

Underclassmen (2021) will also share the spotlight – with Chester Fearon Jr (CB), Isaiah Joseph (S), Travis McNichols (CB) and Sadosky Raymond (CB). There is also Class of 2022 cornerback Malcolm Davis.

IMPROVED OFFENSE

This could be the season where the Chiefs also turn heads on the offensive side of the ball – with some new and talented faces.

Miramar transfer Cedquan Smith takes over a quarterback position that will be vital to the success of the team, but he will not be alone. The running game is deep and very impressive.

Class of 2020 standouts Tywan Cash and Darius Chester are more than capable – as are Class of 2021 prospects Katravis Geter and Chris Nelson.

The receiving corps will be amazing – starting with Class of 2020 playmakers Thaiu Jones – Bell, speedy Jovan Ferguson, Maxeau Joseph, Earl Pope, Raheim Rainey and gifted D’Andre Stafford. There is also Class of 2021 rising prospect Jamal Browder.

The difference in 2019? How about the offensive line – where this group is talented but very young.

Class of 2020 rising seniors Anthony Cockfield (T) and Loucius Isreal (T) are joined by Class of 2021 big men Amari Bannister (C), Devonte Lee (T), Tyreke Owens DE) and Mekhi Prospere (T)

There are also Class of 2022 prospects Jeffrey Bonica (T), John McDermott (G) and Joshua Spellman (T) will be solid as well.

TRACKING SOUTH FLORIDA

It’s all about promoting the best talent in the country – and right up until the start of the 2019 season, we will spotlight south Florida football teams that figure to be in the mix for a state title this coming season.

We began our series, looking at state championship game teams from 2018 with 2A state runner Champagnat Catholic, two-time defending champ Chaminade-Madonna (3A) defending state champion Cardinal Gibbons (5A), two-time defending state champion Miami Northwestern (6A), state runner-up St. Thomas Aquinas (7A), and new coach Dave Dunn and state runner-up Christopher Columbus (8A).

Click on the link to check them all out!

2A – Hialeah Champagnat Lions. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-champagnat-...

3A – Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Lions. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-can-chamina...

4A - Fort Lauderdale University School Sharks. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-university-...

4A – Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-5a-champ-ca...

4A – Miami Booker T. Washington Tornadoes. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/south-florida-high-school-sports-larry-blus...

5A – Miami Northwestern Bulls. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-northwester...

6A – Miami Central Rockets. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-miami-centr...

7A – Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-st-thomas-a...

7A - Plantation Colonels. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/south-florida-high-school-sports-larry-blus...

8A – Davie Western Wildcats. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/south-florida-high-school-sports-larry-blus...

8A – Deerfield Beach Bucks. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/spring-spotlight-deerfield-beach-young-tale...

8A – Miami Christopher Columbus Explorers. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-8a-unfinish...

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