Larry Blustein

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: 6A – South Miami Looks Forward To The Challenge

As we look ahead toward the 2019 high school football season, it’s always good to look back at last year to see which programs have started to turn the corner.

For head coach Rick Munne and his Cobras, the corner may have been turned last season – when this football team advanced to the state playoffs in 7A and showcased some quality talent.

Despite the loss to St. Thomas Aquinas in the opening round, it gave this program a huge boost – and it was certainly something that was evident in the off season.

With positive experiences at every event that this team has attended, this coming season will truly be one that every member of this football team has been looking forward to.

With a solid mix of veteran players as promising freshmen, you can expect that the move to 6A – where Belen Jesuit, Southridge, Norland and Miami Central are all waiting – will be challenging, but also help the Cobras grow.


While senior receiver Gerand Turner has been one of the key faces of this program, he returns to showcase his many skills this season.

Heavily recruited for his skills, here is a prospect who has remained with the team and showed his loyalty, and that is one of the reasons why South Miami is a much better squad in 2019.

In addition to Turner, the receivers are very talented – with seniors Jorge Baluja (TE) and Umir Ervan, and juniors Marco Luna and Tavoris Miller.

Senior quarterback Manny Raigoso is talented and is up for the challenge that this coming season will present.

Junior running back Jacoby Bernadin is very promising – and incoming freshman Ka’Marr Green is someone who can do some amazing thing.

Everything starts up front – and with senior linemen Josh Alonso, Osmil Fundora, Sean Martinez and Travis Williams, the Cobras have reason to smile. Add in junior Felipe Bentes and Jamauri Butler, and things get even better.


While there is plenty leadership on the defensive side – especially up front with three seniors – there will also be several younger players who figure to make an impact this coming season.

Seniors Gio Hannuch, Josh Ramos (DE) and versatile Georgia Tech bound baseball/football standout Khaya Wright (DE) are all amazing.

Add in junior Issiah Bien-Amie, sophomore Matthew Cabrera and gifted freshman Alejandro Alvarez – and things look very good.

Despite seniors Michael Cordero and Marco Wynn, the linebacking corps also has promising freshmen Camron Davis and Randolpho Hernandez as well.

The secondary will be solid – with seniors Vernon Cooper and Alejandro Rodriguez – as well as juniors Niejay Cobb and Mars Harrell and a few incoming freshmen who will help to add depth.


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.

4A – Miami Gulliver Prep Raiders.

4A – Miami Monsignor Pace Spartans.

5A – Coconut Creek Cougars.

5A – Hallandale Chargers.

5A – Plantation American Heritage Patriots.

5A – Miami Northwestern Bulls.

6A – Fort Lauderdale Dillard Panthers.

6A – Miami Belen Jesuit.

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 – Miramar Patriots.

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.


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