MIRAMAR – It was only fitting that the Year of the Rockets continued on Friday night at the Ansin Sports Complex.
Four-time defending state champion an d national champion Miami Central, with 15 players and head coach Jube Joseph representing the Miami-Dade team, won yet another thriller in the second “The Battle for the Crib” Miami-Dade vs. Broward contest.
Central quarterback Keyone Jenkins, who signed with FIU on Wednesday, connected on a 5-yard touchdown pass to teammate Cataurus Hicks on the final play of the game and Miami-Dade County came from behind to beat Broward County, 23-21, evening the series at 1-1.
With an impressive year-ending crowd on hand – along with former players who are now in college on hand – Miami-Dade kept the last drive alive on a long pass from Jenkins to University of Pittsburgh singee Lamar Seymore, who made a diving catch at the five. With seven seconds left, Jenkins found Hicks in the back of the end zone for the game-winner.
According to game organizers Frank Tucker and Arvis Lawson, this impressive game featured players who have committed to Power 5 schools, and more than 30 prospects with Division 1 who have already signed letters of intent.
The Broward team featured Oregon State signees Tastean Reddicks (WR, Dillard) and Blanche Ely DB Harlem Howard. Cardinal Gibbons’ running back Kamari Moulton (Iowa), Dillard running back Christopher Johnson (Miami) and Pine Crest receiver Jordan Faison (Notre Dame).
Western defensive end Justin Tedim (Colgate) and Cardinal Gibbons’ linebacker Greg Otten, who has Ivy League schools hot on his trail, were also standouts on Friday evening.
Players like North Miami Beach athlete Makhi Rolle (Northern Illinois), Carol City’s Mister Clark (FIU), Western receiver British Mitchell, Miami Central receiver Corey Washington and Dillard defensive back Trevaughn Martinez (Western Carolina), St. Thomas Aquinas versatile running back/defensive back Gemari Sands (FAU), Plantation American Heritage quarterback Blake Murphy (Louisiana Munroe) and long snapper Aiden Arias (North Carolina State) to name a few.
In addition, there were a number of prospects who still do not have homes – and that is something that this game was perfect for.
“There are a lot of post season all-star games that are held,” Tucker said. “But with this event you had media and recruiting services out here who have plenty of contacts and that is a great thing for the many quality players who do not have anything yet.”
Matthew Prigmore, OL