When head coach Dameon Jones and his two-time defending state champions took the field on Thursday night at Cardinal Gibbons as part of a three-team kickoff classic, all eyes were the Lions.
One of the best teams in the state of Florida, this program has reached a level where reloading is the order each year, and while they are young in so many areas, this is a team that will be winning and being recognized nationally for years to come.
With so much talent to choose from, the Lions have received attention from colleges and universities at just about every position. But there’s one spot that everyone is paying the most attention – the offensive line.
Known for the protection that they have given top quarterbacks and running backs through the years, this is a line that has continued to mature and grow. This year, they are considered to be one of the best in the state.
This fortress of talent includes seniors Deandre Duffus (6-5, 314), Elvin Harris (6-6, 300), Indiana University commitment William Larkins, 6-4, 305), Matthew Cook (6-7, 290) and Giovani Marks (5-11, 240).
The junior class features Jackson Campbell (6-3, 270) and Josh Zeikowitz (6-4, 290).
Freshman Kirby Vital (6-2, 250) and Mekhi Bradley (6-2, 285) are indeed the future.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
After Thursday night’s jamboree with host Cardinal Gibbons and Miami Palmetto, it’s time to turn the page – as the Lions and Chiefs will take part in the Broward County Football Showcase next week, and the Panthers will kick things off next Thursday against a potent Homestead team.
WHO LOOKED GOOD ON THURSDAY NIGHT
On Thursday, Chaminade-Madonna and Cardinal Gibbons were scoreless in their two quarters. The Lions went on to beat Miami Palmetto and then the Panthers beat Cardinal Gibbons in the final half.
Here is a look at some prospects who grabbed the spotlight:
Derrick Bohler, WR, Miami Palmetto
Dwight Bootle, DB, Miami Palmetto
Blake Brookins, TE, Miami Palmetto
Tre’Mone Drisdom, DB, Cardinal Gibbons
Trey Dubuc, LS, Cardinal Gibbons
Luke Evans, DB, Chaminade-Madonna
Gabriel Hardman, LB, Miami Palmetto
C.J. Johnson, DE, Cardinal Gibbons
Edwin Joseph, WR/DB, Chaminade-Madonna
Jeno Julius, LB, Chaminade-Madonna
Patrick Keough, PK, Miami Palmetto
Greg Otten, OLB, Cardinal Gibbons
Jaden Outar, DB, Miami Palmetto
Wayne Peart, DL, Chaminade-Madonna
Victor Pino, OL, Miami Palmetto
D’Angelo Ponds, DB, Chaminade-Madonna
Brayden Walker, DT, Cardinal Gibbons
Bobby Washington, LB, Miami Palmetto
Robby Washington, WR, Miami Palmetto
Cedrick Bailey, QB, Chaminade-Madonna
Jacory Barney, Athlete, Miami Palmetto
Zack Boehly, OL, Cardinal Gibbons
Harold Breiken, DT, Cardinal Gibbons
Darryl Doctor, OL, Miami Palmetto
Colton Heinrich, TE, Cardinal Gibbons
Willis McGahee, OLB, Miami Palmetto
Elisson Mirutil, OL, Miami Palmetto
Zaquan Patterson, S, Chaminade-Madonna
Jonathan Rodriguez, OL, Cardinal Gibbons
Jeremiah Smith, WR, Chaminade-Madonna
Kaleb Stewart, LB, Chaminade-Madonna
Bryce Stringer, DL, Chaminade-Madonna
Joshisa Trader, WR, Chaminade-Madonna
TRACKING SOUTH FLORIDA (MIAMI-DADE & BROWARD) PROSPECTS – CLASSES 2023-2026. https://larryblustein.com/prospects/tracking-south-florida-prospects
MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD TRANSFERS. https://larryblustein.com/news/transfer-season-continues-in-miami-dade-broward
TRACKING SOUTH FLORIDA FOOTBALL TEAMS. https://larryblustein.com/news/tracking-south-florida-2022