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Rueben Bain Takes Home CBS4 Nat Moore Trophy

MIAMI GARDENS – For the third year, CBS4 Miami, Florida Power & Light and the Miami Dolphins have made a night special for a local football prospect. Congratulations to Miami Central High defensive end Rueben Bain, who is the winner of the 2022 CBS4 Nat Moore Trophy.

The CBS4 Nat Moore Trophy is awarded to the player who stood a cut above the rest.

The four finalists were: 

Rueben Bain, DE, Miami Central.

Ohio State bound Plantation American Hetritage WR Brandon Inniss.

Two-way Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna standout Edwin Joseph.

University of Miami commit and student/athlete Nathaniel “Ray-Ray” Joseph.

Bain rose to the occasion in his senior season, recording almost double his sacks and tackles from his last season with the Miami Central High Rockets. 

At 6-foot-3-inches and weighing 250 pounds, Bain's superb efforts lead the Rockets to a perfect 13-0 record. 

After having a total of 27 scholarship counts, Bain announced Bain announced where he will be going for his collegiate years. The University of Miami. 

CBS4's Jim Berry spoke to Bain after his win.

"This certainly is a proud moment for you and your family," said Berry.

"Yes, it is. Just to have this chance and be on this stage right now, I'm in shock, I am in awe right now, I can't even explain how I feel," said Bain.

Berry pointed out that Bain's coach said that even though he's received a lot of accolades and a lot of success, he never stopped putting in the hard work.

"I know about the accolades, but I always want more for myself because if you keep that kind of mindset, keep that kind of motivation, you will be the best and you will go down in history," said Bain.

When asked why he decided to go with the Hurricanes, Bain replied "just a hometown team really. To have that chance to be great in the city where I was born and raised is amazing. Really, to just overall be a 'Cane is something I have been dreaming of as a kid."

Bain will have plenty on his plate Friday night as he and Miami Central take on American Heritage in the 2022 FHSAA Football State Championship final. 

The event was held at Hard Rock Stadium and sponsored by Florida Power & Light and the Miami Dolphins.

Former Miami Dolphins Joe Rose and Kim Bokamper along with CBS4 Sports anchor Mike Cugno played a huge role in the presentation.

The event was also attended by head coaches Luther Campbell (Miami Edison), Dameon Jones (Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna), Miami Central DL coach Jamal Sheffield, who was representing head coach Jube Joseph, and Plantation American Heritage head coach Mike Smith.

Bain follows in the footsteps of previous winners Kenyatta Jackson Jr. (Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna/Ohio State University) and Henry Parrish Jr. (Miami Christopher Columbus/University of Miami).