Larry Blustein

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: 6A – Miami Belen Jesuit Ready For The Challenge

When it comes to Belen Jesuit football, there isn’t much that this program hasn’t been able to accomplish over the years.

From a state championship appearance - to standing toe-to-toe with the best programs in south Florida – and throughout the state, this has always been a program that you do not want to take lightly.

With veteran head coach Richard Stuart setting the table for more than three decades, and now former Wolverine standout player and coach, Eddie Delgado, the name of the game has always been about building a strong program and playing as many athletes as possible.

One of the trademarks of this program has always been about grooming student/athletes to play as many positions as possible, and if you look at the roster of prospects, you will find that more than 75 percent of this team plays on both sides of the ball – or competes for playing time at multiple positions.

Coming off a successful run in Class 8A, where the Wolverines won multiple district titles, 2019 will now see them move back to 6A, which is competitive and includes Miami Central, Southridge, Norland and Fort Lauderdale Dillard to name a few quality opponents.

After an impressive spring, this team looks toward this season with a lot of optimism.


One of the players everyone has come to see over the past four years is running back Donald Chaney Jr. This impressive University of Miami commitment is a prospect who will be the leader on an offense that has the talent.

In addition to Chaney, the running game is deep and loaded with potential. Fellow seniors Julian Cesar-Bueres (FB) and Francisco Aguero are solid. So are juniors Ryan Bertran and Nikolas Mora, and sophomores Felix Arbucias, A.J. Balsera and Marcos Ruiz. There are also freshmen Brendan Aran, Lucas Amaya and Jose Torres.

The quarterback position has some depth and talent as well – starting with University of Miami baseball commit Dorian Gonzalez (2021), impressive rising sophomore Fernando Mendoza, freshman Matthew Barturen and Class of 2024 rising prospect Alberto Mendoza.

While the Wolverines love to run the ball – they can also catch too. Versatile senior Nathaniel Payne is a two-way star who can dominate. So can fellow seniors Sebastian Alonso (TE/LS), Nick Broucek, Robert Lizama and Mario Osorio (TE). Junior Oliver Romanach and sophomore Esteban Raffan-Zuluaga are also versatile football players.

Up front, Belen Jesuit will be stacked with talent. Starting with senior Frank Paredes, things look very promising.

Fellow seniors Miguel Cedeno, Nicholas Oyarzun and Victor Rivera are promising. So are juniors Pablo Carreno, Eddie Delgado and Christian Gomez. The future looks amazing with sophomore standout Ian Johnson already turning heads. Look out for freshmen Hector Saldana and Darian Torres.


Make no mistake about this teams’ defensive prospects. With added coaches to the staff, this is a side of the ball that should benefit in a major way.

Up front, there are seniors Ralph Desantis (DE), Nikolas Fernandez (DE) and Mark Edward Trapp. Junior Brandon Deeb is also a big time player. But the future of this defensive front could be with a sophomore class that includes Adrian Fraga, Michael Nelson (DE), Luke Scanziani and Gabriel Valladares (DE).

Linebackers will be solid – especially with seniors Antonio Castano and Joshua Sloan, juniors Jacob Lazo and Hayden Puente, and sophomores Addison Amholt and Angel Bueres.

With a number of two-way prospects making a major contribution, the secondary should be exciting to watch – with seniors like Payne, Sean Luc Beaubien and Nicholas Gonzalez.

There is also a rather large and competitive junior class that includes Nick Perez-Abreu, Nicholas Canino, Jose Lopez De Cespedes, Alex Fernandez, Isaiah Fuller, Alex Melo and Alex Ortiz.

Sophomores Zachary Acosta, Luis Consuerga and Aiden Girado have shown promise as well.

The kicking game will be in great hands as senior Breton Rice follows in the footsteps of his brothers who are at Princeton and Vanderbilt.


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.

3A – Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Lions.

4A - Fort Lauderdale University School Sharks.

4A – Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs.

4A – Miami Booker T. Washington Tornadoes.

4A – Miami Carol City Chiefs.
5A – Plantation American Heritage Patriots.

5A – Miami Northwestern Bulls.

6A – Fort Lauderdale Dillard Panthers.

6A – Miami Central Rockets.

7A – Doral Academy Firebirds.

7A – Fort Lauderdale Flying Ls.

7A – Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

7A – Hialeah Thoroughbreds.

7A – Hollywood McArthur Mustangs.

7A - Plantation Colonels.

8A – Davie Western Wildcats.

8A – Deerfield Beach Bucks.

8A – Homestead South Dade Bucs.

8A – Miami Christopher Columbus Explorers.

8A - Miami Palmetto Panthers.


Catch the South Florida High School Sports Radio Show each Monday night (8-10) in the summer on WQAM (560AM - For the past 13 years, the players and coaches who are making the headlines, join the program. You will learn a lot about football recruiting! Also Follow us on Facebook (Larry Blustein- SFHSports) and Twitter (@SFHSSports -  @larryblustein).