Miami-Dade County Roundup: Week 4

After four weeks of high school football, there has been one constant each and every week. It's not touchdowns, not big plays. It's rain, rain and more rain. And lightning, lightning and more lightning.

While the Marlins argue about having a retractable roof stadium built, high school football needs about five or six of those as well because each game is becoming a nightmare to get played because of the numerous delays due to lightning.

This weekend's Game of the Week between Killian and Homestead was delayed due to the lightning by 90 minutes and didn't kick off until 9pm. And then it was suspended with 4:47 to play in the first half due to lightning and then the skies erupted.

It was the same thing Friday where numerous games didn't begin until 9pm and others were rescheduled to Saturday.

So how about some domed stadiums for high schools? I am sure we could get about five or six built that would cost less combined than the Marlins begged or baseball stadium.

I know that's a dream but with that said, here is our recap.


The Game of the Week between Killian and Homestead was suspended before the conclusion of the first half, but it was really looking like a Game of the Week. Homestead 14-12 when the game was called.

High intensity and high impact, but a couple of players stood out pretty well.

Homestead quarterback A.J. Guyton is showing himself to be one special athlete. He plays just about everywhere on the field for the Broncos. He's the starting quarterback, but moves over to running back at times and then also shifts out to wide receiver at times when Homestead brings in the back up to try to mix things up against opponents.

Guyton can absolutely fly and Homestead is definitely trying to put him positions to be successful. When the game was suspended, he was already 7 for 8 for 100 yards passing and rushed 5 times for 30 yards and a touchdown.

Killian's sophomore running back Lamar Miller though continues to show why he's going to be something special.

Miller returned a kick off about 70 yards following a Homestead touchdown. He shows incredible burst and can really move. He hits the hole hard and it's a scary thought at how much potential he has.

He had 7 carries for 67 yards and scored a touchdown Saturday night.

A potential UM recruit Alphonso Bryant had four catches for 52 yards when the game was halted. He definitely looks a lot better than when I saw him play early last year when his coaches were really hyping him.

Friday night showcased who I consider the best running back in Miami. It's not Antwain Easterling from Northwestern. It's not Armondo Allen from Hialeah Miami Lakes who is currently on the shelf with a broken leg. It's Southridge running back Deshon Daniels.

Daniels is the most under the radar running back in the county and probably in he country.

Put into perspective that he runs behind a line that isn't nearly the size of Northwestern's. Not even close. He has rushed for 565 yards on 75 carries, a 7.5 per carry average, and 12 touchdowns. While Easterling is the only player that has rushed for more yards and Daniels with 81 carries for 645 yards and 11 touchdowns, that line difference is huge.

Also to be noted is Northwestern has a lot of weapons all around Easterling. Four great receivers, the best quarterback in the county and a massive offensive line.

What separates Daniels is his explosion through the hole. Once Daniels hits the hole, he has an incredible burst that I have not seen in Easterling. Easterling is great at taking the ball to the outside, but he runs a lot more upright than Daniels. Daniels seems to prefer to take the ball right in between the tackles even though he is smaller than Easterling.

But don't that fool you, Daniels is cut up at about 5'9, 180 pounds. While people always look at 40 times, Daniels probably runs the fastest 20 in the county which is really more important than the 40 because a 20 is more about explosion than anything and that's what Daniels has that I find so impressive.

But he wasn't even the story of the night against South Dade as his defense held the Bucs to 16 yards of offense in a huge district game. But the only touchdown scored in the game was by Daniels giving the Spartans a 6-0 win while the defense destroyed South Dade.

What's amazing though is that Daniels is so under the radar that no one seems to know who he is. Obviously, scouts are failing to do their jobs because this kid is a steal. He's a game breaker. He's the type of player that made Miami champions and the type of player that could help bring them back there.

Daniels finished with 23 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown with a hurt knee after he got a cleat on the side of the knee in the first quarter.


This week's public school games will be played Wednesday and Thursday with Rosh Hashanah this weekend, so football is coming soon. However, this week's games, while not district contests, will provide some heavy action as there are at least four games worth checking out Thursday after a somewhat slow Wednesday.

But Wednesday night, Carol City faces Booker T. Washington at Curtis Park. The Chiefs has struggled this year finally winning Saturday to improve to 1-3, but an inner-city battle may bring out the best in the young Chiefs.

Booker T. is expected to trounce Carol City, but one can never know what is going to happen by a Walt Frazier coached team.

The other game of note is the bragging rights match up at Milander Park where Hialeah faces Hialeah Miami Lakes. There are always fireworks in that game, but the Trojans may not be much competition for the improved T-Breds without Allen in the backfield.

Thursday though, it's on.

At FIU Stadium Central travels down to Killian in a big test for both teams. While the Cougars have already played Northwestern, the Rockets have yet to play a real tough opponent thus far even though they have totally underachieved.

Running back Gordon Warner will have his hands full against the Cougars defense, but this game will definitely give an indication on how good Central is.

Coming off an impressive performance against Hialeah, Central quarterback Travaris Cadet looks to do the same against Killian. He will need one for Central to win.

Killian, on the other hand, was missing two starting offensive linemen against Homestead and there is no telling if either will be back against Central.

The Cougars defense has been exposed a bit in the past two weeks against the passing attacks of Northwestern and Homestead.

Edison plays Pace at Curtis Park in a game that's been very entertaining the past few years.

Pace enters the game 4-0 while Edison is 3-1 and finally has looked good in winning as it did this past week against Hallandale.

But the biggest game this week might be the Columbus-North Miami Beach match up at North Miami Stadium Thursday.

The Chargers had their first real test of the season last week in a 24-12 over Norland, but it was a game they easily could have lost if Norland had a more mature team. But Columbus has had its only struggles late in games against good opponents.

This should definitely tell a story about both teams. Columbus hasn't lost a regular season game since 2004.


Jaren Jones – RB – Columbus – The 5-foot-8 running back has been the catalyst for the Explorers offense. He has rushed for 445 yards in three games and is average 9.7 yards per carry. He carried the Explorers to a win over Carol City two weeks ago and is emerging as one of the top backs in the county. (@ North Miami Stadium v. North Miami Beach – Thursday)

Tyrell Shavers – RB – Jackson – Shavers is the younger brother of Gartrell Shavers the former star at Miami Springs and now the starting running back at Colorado State rushed for 188 yards this past weekend against Fort Lauderdale. He has put up some great numbers, but has suffered from a case of the fumbles at times, but is a very explosive back. (BYE WEEK)

Jacory Harris – QB – Northwestern – What can I say about Harris that I didn't say last week? Well, I spoke to Killian coach Billy Rolle about him Saturday. Rolle is the former coach at Northwestern and he said that Harris is the best quarterback at Northwestern he can remember and that says a lot. He was 11 for 13 for 143 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-0 win over Goleman this past weekend. (BYE WEEK)

Doug Wiggins – QB/DB – North Miami Beach – Wiggins will get a test not just at quarterback, but as a defensive back against Columbus as he will face one of the better quarterbacks in the county in Chris Masson along with Matt Guinn a quality deep threat. (@ North Miami Stadium vs. Columbus – Thursday)

John Smith – DT – South Dade – I don't think there has been a more dominating defensive tackle in the county. Having seen Smith twice now, he lives in opponent's backfields. He was consistently in Columbus' backfield in the opener and made life hell for Southridge Friday. The Bucs offense was terrible, but Southridge only had about 150 yards of total offense. Smith, a 6-foot-2, 280 pound tackle should start drawing some consideration because he's really stepped up this year. (BYE WEEK)

Hannibal Beauford – RB – Norland – Beauford isn't a really big guy at all. He's only about 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, but Beauford can fly. He's a track guy who is playing football now and it is his senior year so he's a bit late, but he's about the only reason one would want to see Norland play this year because this team just makes so many mistakes, but Beauford is making his name this year. (@ North Miami Stadium v. Varela – Wednesday)

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