Miami-Dade County Roundup: Week 8

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - It was a real nice evening Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium as the GMAC had its grand reopening ribbon cutting ceremony as the new synthetic turf was unveiled for all to see.

On hand for the festivities included Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chris Chambers and corner back Travis Daniels as well as former Dolphins Twan Russell, Nat Moore and Larry Little.

But with the new synthetic field and nice track, it seems something was forgotten: a scoreboard. Last year, during one (Wilma, I believe) of the many hurricanes that hit South Florida, the scoreboard at Traz Powell was destroyed and portable scoreboards have been utilized ever since.

So with all the money that was put in to constructing this new field, why not finish the job and include a new scoreboard? Just makes sense.

The sad part of the night was the ribbon cutting ceremony was more exciting than the actual game between Central and Carol City that was filled with mistakes and was brutal at points. Now that Traz Powell has reopened, Curtis Park is now shut down and will receive a similar overhaul; however, here's to hoping for a new scoreboard as well because they don't even use portable scoreboards there so no one ever knows the score or how much time is left in the game.

WEEK 7 RECAP

Homestead did what was expected. The Broncos finished off Killian as the continuation of their suspended game took place Thursday at Harris. Up 14-12, the Broncos outscored Killian 16-0 to finish a 30-12 thumping that put them in control of the district.

Former UM linebacker Micheal Barrow continues to get the most out of these players who in the past have lacked the discipline to win games against tough teams. As the play caller on both sides of the ball, Barrow's intensity is replicated on the field as the ultra talented Broncos are demolishing every opponent that steps in their way. They have outscored their past four opponents a ridiculous 182-26. The only stat comparable in the county is Northwestern's 174-20 over its past four games. The Broncos might be that one team that can possibly be a threat to the mighty Northwestern.

Once again, Homestead quarterback A.J. Guyton had a monster game going 13 for 18 for 257 yards and a touchdown. He continues to dazzle on the field in all ways.

Friday night at Traz Powell, Central shut out Carol City 14-0 in a rather unentertaining game. Gordon Warner rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown and caught a 26-yard touchdown pass for the Rockets. The Chiefs fell to an unfathomable 1-6, but don't be surprised if this Carol City doesn't win again this year.

Saturday night, Northwestern continued to show why it is without question, the best team in the county. Last year, the Bulls lost 28-21 to Columbus. The Bulls made an emphatic statement decapitating the Explorers 42-0 in a game that wasn't even as close as the scoreboard indicated.

Quarterback Jacory Harris continued to impress with a sensational performance hitting on 15 of 17 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns. He hit on his first 11 passes until receiver Aldarius Johnson caught his 12th pass with a foot out of bounds in the end zone. If he is not the best quarterback Miami-Dade County has seen since Brian Griese, who is? He's simply the real deal. Johnson caught four passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns and is flat out dominating also.

WEEK 8 OUTLOOK

Back to the district games we go. The games mean something once again and no game will have more bearing on its district than the match up between Southridge and Homestead at Harris Field in Homestead Friday night. The Spartans dropped a tough 12-6 decision to Killian two weeks ago. Homestead blasted Killian this past week 30-12 so there are a number of ways this game could be looked at.

If Killian players, coaches and fans are smart, they are pulling for Homestead because basically the only thing between them and a playoff berth would be a win over South Dade later this season. However, if Southridge wins, then the district flips upside down and it becomes wide open, not only for Southridge, but South Dade as well. South Dade still has games left against Homestead and Killian and everyone knows about rivalry games when Bucs face the Broncos the second to last week of the season.

As good as Southridge is on defense, the Broncos simply have too many weapons. Even with running back Deshon Daniels who will probably hit the Broncos for over 100 yards on the ground, it won't be enough because the Broncos are lethal on offense.

Booker T. Washington meets up with Edison in what will probably determine the district championship. Edison hasn't figured out how to beat the Tornadoes even when it was supposedly better, but BTW simply has had Edison's number since reopening its doors to high school.

A win though would go a long way for the Red Raiders, but don't expect it as BTW rolls at Traz Powell Friday night.

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

Larron Moss, WR, Central – The wide receiver hasn't had huge numbers this year, but he's a player to watch simply because he has that ability to make plays. Unfortunately, he's not been given the chances (10 catches for 176 yards and 1 TD) he needs to be very successful, but he's a D-I prospect. Don't be surprised to see him end up at Rutgers (vs. Hialeah Miami Lakes @ Traz Powell Stadium – Thursday).

Maurice Robinson, DE, Homestead – If he isn't a playmaker, I don't know who is. Robinson lives in the backfield and has a knack for the ball having returned a few fumbles for touchdowns. He's got great speed for a player his size and will be one heck of a player as he matures. Still only a junior, expect him to be one of the most highly recruited players out of Miami-Dade next year (vs. Southridge @ Harris Field – Friday).

Alphonso Bruton, S, Killian – This cat can flat out hit. He hunts in the secondary and lays the wood. Bruton is a very physical safety at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and brings it on every play. If there is a safety that I would say Miami should go after, he's it (vs. Coral Reef @ FIU Stadium – Thursday).

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

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