Larry Blustein

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: 7A – Miramar Brings Talent To The Mix In 2019

While things didn’t work out the way head coach A.J. Scott and his Miramar Patriots football team had hoped last season, there is plenty of optimism following this program in the off season.

After a solid spring, the once powerhouse 8A program now looks toward the fall – when the Patriots will compete in 7A – with St. Thomas Aquinas being a major obstacle.

Beating the Raiders more than any local program over the past few years, this Miramar team knows what needs to be done to make it all count this coming season.

The objective is to get this team to the level it was two years ago – when the Patriots handed St. Thomas its worst loss of the modern era – before losing focus in the first round of the state 8A playoffs.

While there are a number of new faces, the one thing that continues to remain: “The Darkside Defense” will have plenty to say about the outcome of the 2019 season.

With a district that includes much improved McArthur, Hialeah American and Everglades, the objective is to come out on top – before facing off with St. Thomas in the playoffs. Miramar will play the Raiders in the regular season as well.


There is no getting around the fact that the “Darkside Defense” is always the focus for every Miramar football team. The defense has produced an amazing amount of college talent through the years – and this coming season will be NO different.

The defense this coming season is all about the secondary – with impressive playmakers all over the field.

This secondary is led by a number of seniors who have already received plenty of recognition.

Here is a look at that secondary, which includes high profile seniors such as high profile standout Brian Balom, who continues to get plenty of college interest.

Other seniors feature Derek Brown, Jordan Cumberbatch, Josiah Ganues, Myles Harden and Timothy White.

Juniors Miles Baptiste, Shaquille Grant, Abdul Ibrahim, Neville Moore, Xavier Monde, Thaddeo Pena, Jaydon Ramos and Corey Scott.

The Patriots also have a strong sophomore class as well – with Wayne Favors III, Mervens Jean-Pierre, Mikhi Ranger, Donald Smathers III and Darius Thomas.

The linebacking corps will also be promising after a solid off season. Seniors Lenard Ingram, Benjamin Peacock and Edrick Tookes are joined by juniors Akeeme Jackson and Joe Louis and sophomore Amari Milton.

Up front, the Patriots feature seniors David Maasenat, Arnold Deliazzard, Darius Gaskins, Derek Hall and Joel Ramsey.

A strong junior class is also important, and the Patriots have Aaron Bush, Jarius Johnson, Ishmael Leconte, Ramses Leonce, Langston Octavien, Julian Telusnord and Omari Sutherland. Sophomores Daniel Jean-Charles, Jahleil McKnight and Lenz Samuel are also learning and will be solid as well.


When it comes to the offensive side of the ball, the pieces are in place – all this unit needs is experience and to work hard.

Several quarterbacks are in the mix – as they were in the spring – to ensure that the competition would be heated.

Seniors Isaiah Dorlean and Randy Hicks are joined by juniors Dewrell Murdock, Kirk Thomas and Reko Davis. There are also sophomores Keon Edwards and Derrick Willis.

The running games has always been solid – and this coming year – it will be competitive.

Seniors Jordan Rainey, Kevin Ross and Samari Wilson are talented, and sophomores Se’Maj Banks and Wayne Williamson add quality depth.

The group of receivers that this team will boast has a lot of athletic ability – led by a large group of seniors such as Chad Alcime, Jacarvis Alexandre, Caleb Azor, Milik Bowe, Alton Hammond, Elijah James, Jared Josue, Michael Lott, Tyler Price, Tavares Rolle and heavily recruited Xavier Clarke.

The Patriots also have juniors Sean Browne and Devin Eddie, and sophomore Marvin Sims.

If this program is going to be successful, it will all start up front – and this coming season will see a lot of potential and talent.

Seniors Everett Patton, Andre Thornton and Jimmy Walker are joined by juniors Aiden Cainge, Deondric Hardy, Davean Levy and Calvin Scott.

There are some quality sophomores as well – with Marc-Quan Daniels, Terrell Gay, Louis Lafontant and Narsson Tulloch.


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 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 - 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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