Miami-Dade County Roundup: Week 7

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - The football season really flies by in high school as we are already hitting Week 7, but with the season winding down the games continue to get more and more important, and although this week's game are non-district match ups there is one game that has major implications.

Finally, TRAZ POWELL STADIUM IS OPENED for business.

Carol City plays Central there Friday night in the marquee match up of the night. Pace hosts Lakeland Kathleen Friday night as well which should make for some interesting football.

The game Saturday though, Northwestern v. Columbus is going to probably be the Game of the Week at Traz. Surely, the Bulls remember quite well the 28-21 humbling the Explorers put on them last year.

With that said, let's talk Week 6

WEEK 6 RECAP

What a weekend of high school football as Killian squeaked past Southridge 12-6 that was just as good as it was advertised.

Killian jumped out to an early 12-0 lead and surprisingly stymied Spartans running back Deshon Daniels after being hammered by Gordon Warner for 200 yards the week before. Obviously, the Cougars had something to prove.

Daniels was limited to 7 first half yards, but he emerged in the second half finishing the game with 19 carries for 108, still quite a good game against a formidable opponent like Killian.

It appeared the Ridge was going to pull it out with a late touchdown, but a 30-yard screen pass for touchdown with three minutes to play that would have tied the game and the extra point coming for the lead, was called back by an ineligible man downfield penalty.

According to officials, the ball was thrown past the line of scrimmage. The rule is for those that don't know, the pass must be thrown behind the line of scrimmage for the linemen to be downfield. That didn't stop the Southridge sideline from going bananas.

Sophomore running back Lamar Miller had a monster game for the Cougars though rushing 21 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns against the stout Southridge defense that held South Dade to 16 yards just two weeks earlier.

In other action, Homestead mauled Palmetto 41-7 in a game that featured A.J. Guyton once again. He continues to impress week-by-week. It's quite clear that yours truly is the President of his fan club. He threw for 92 yards and rushed for a ridiculous 152 yards on just six carries. Two of his passes went for touchdowns to wide receiver Alphonso Bryant who had a great game as well, but also caught a touchdown and rushed for one as well.

Bryant also sparkled catching five passes for 109 yards and two scores.

WEEK 7 OUTLOOK

This Thursday is the most important game this week as Killian and Homestead conclude their game from almost three weeks ago when lightning postponed the game with 4:47 to play in the first half.

Homestead was leading 14-12 and had just kicked off when lightning started sparking again forcing the game be suspended.

The game takes on even higher implications now that Killian has defeated Southridge. With that happening this past week, a Homestead win could turn the district in a battle royal because it would leave Southridge and Killian with a district loss with Southridge still yet to play Homestead. I.E. The possibilities of a three-way tie become rather possible.

The key will be Guyton. If he continues to play at the high level he has shown the past couple of weeks, Homestead should win this game, but if Killian can re-establish its defense the way it did against Daniels, it could turn into an ugly contest. Harris Field is where it will be starting back up at 7 p.m.

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH & WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM THIS WEEK

Truth be told, there aren't a ton of players that I haven't already mentioned at least once before that you should surely check out, but here are a few more.

Maurice Harris, LB, Homestead – The Mohawk styled linebacker is a hard hitting machine that is involved on almost every defensive play for the Broncos. The 6'1, 225 pound senior is one to be looked at. He plays with an attitude, the kind of attitude that makes a good defense great. Coached by former UM linebacker Micheal Barrow, he's definitely being taught by one of the best. (v. Killian @ Harris Field – Thursday)

Jasper Howard, WR, Edison – Howard is an elusive receiver that has 17 catches for 318 yards and four touchdowns in five games. It's not a truckload of grabs, but the 18.7 yards per catch average is pretty impressive. At 5'11, 170 pounds, he could become something special in a more pass oriented offense. (BYE WEEK)

Ladeven Kirkland, OT, Booker T. Washington – For the first time we are going to talk about a big time offensive lineman. Kirkland is the size of a house and plows defensive ends off the ball protecting Sancho McDonald. A definite high major that should be checked out. (BYE WEEK)

OTHER GAMES OF NOTE

Carol City v. Central @ Traz Powell Stadium – Friday – The Chiefs gave North Miami Beach all it could handle before losing a tough contest 36-34 dropping them to 1-5 on the season. It's almost unprecedented to see a Walt Frazier coached team looking the way it's looked this year, but Central should put a beating on the Chiefs similar to what Booker T. Washington did a couple of weeks ago. 1-6 Carol City? Are you kidding me? But it's going to happen.

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat can be reached at rudy@canestime.com

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