A year ago, Homestead South Dade’s football program finished 2-7, were outscored 261-201 and failed to make the state playoffs.
The Bucs, who routinely found themselves in the playoff mix each season, had sunk to the bottom – and that didn’t go over well with fans, players, and longtime supporters.
Enter Chris Reid. Someone who knew this program, the community and what it took to get back to where this proud program has been for decades.
From the very beginning, Reid made it clear that South Dade would once again have that football team that everyone could be proud of.
Tonight, the turnaround continues when the 7-3 Bucs travel to Broward County to play district champion West Broward at Flanagan High in Pembroke Pines.
The contest will not only spotlight Reid and his team, but also the Bobcats and head coach Brian McCartney, who have now established this team as one to watch each season.
After losing to Miami Palmetto in the first round of the state playoffs a year ago, this is a team that went right after it during the off-season.
Coach McCartney took this team to colleges and universities all over to give them competition and exposure. It has paid off. After losing the first two games of the season, they reeled off a 7-1 record, losing only to state-rated Daytona Beach Mainland on the road.
This Region 4-4M quarterfinal game will produce a winner that will move on next week to play No. 1 Miami Columbus (9-2) in the regional semifinal.
SOUTH DADE BUCS (7-3)
Miami Carol City, W 42-0
Homestead, L 35-0
Miami Killian, W 42-6
Miami Jackson, W 42-6
Somerset Academy Silver Palms, W 46-0
Southwest Miami, W 63-0
Miami Palmetto, L, 42-34
Miami Booker T. Washington, L 24-7
Coral Gables, W 41-6
Miami Southridge, W 33-30
PEMBROKE PINES WEST BROWARD BOBCATS (7-3)
Weston Cypress Bay, L 20-7
Daytona Beach Mainland, L 35-0
Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, W 23-3
Pembroke Pines Charter, W 24-7
Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy, W 56-0
Hollywood South Broward, W 34-28
Naples Gulf Coast, L 21-19
Pembroke Pines Flanagan, W 51-0
Cooper City, W 67-0
Miramar Everglades, W 23-14
In addition to this Miami-Dade vs. Broward matchup, here is a look at other first round games on this Friday:
Region 3-3M quarterfinal: No. 5 Fort Lauderdale Dilliard (5-5) at No. 4 Pompano Beach Blanche Ely (8-2), 7
Region 3-3M quarterfinal: No. 8 Plantation (6-4) at No. 1 Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (9-1), 7
Region 4-3M quarterfinal: No. 4 Miami Southridge (6-4) at No. 5 Hialeah (9-1), Milander, 7
Region 4-2M quarterfinal: No. 7 Miami Edison (6-4) at No. 2 Miami Central (6-3), Traz Powell, 7
Region 3-2M quarterfinal: No. 8 Coconut Creek North Broward Prep (5-5) at No. 1 Plantation American Heritage (7-1), 7:30
Region 3-2M quarterfinal: No. 7 Fort Lauderdale Stranahan (4-6) at No. 2 Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (7-3), 7
Region 3-2M quarterfinal: No. 6 Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian (7-3) at No. 3 Boca Raton St. Andrew’s (9-1), 7
Region 4-2M quarterfinal: No. 4 Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace (6-4) at No. 5 Pinecrest Gulliver Prep (7-3), 3:30
2M REGION 4
Miami Norland 55, Miami St. Brendan 0
Miami Booker T. Washington 34, North Miami Beach 8
3M REGION 4
Miami Belen Jesuit 20, Hollywood South Broward 13
Miramar 23, Hialeah American 0
4M REGION 3
Coconut Creek Monarch 40, Parkland Stoneman Douglas 7
4M REGION 4
Miami Columbus 49, Miami Lakes Barbara Goleman 6
Miami Palmetto 21, Doral Academy 7
Davie Western 51, Weston Cypress Bay 0
Sunshine State Athletic Conference - state championship: Westminster Academy (9-1) vs. Oviedo Masters Academy (8-2), Bryant Stadium, Lakeland, 7
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