SPRING REPORT: Pompano Tornadoes

When most across the state of Florida hear the name Pompano Beach, they automatically associate it with Ely High. While the Tigers have blazed a winning reputation throughout the years, there is another school, three miles away, who is starting to do the same thing.

POMPANO BEACH – To understand the history of Pompano Beach High School is to know about a program that is one of the oldest – and youngest – in Broward County.

Because of low enrollment numbers in the 80s, the school was forced to close its doors, leaving behind a fabled past that included great athletic programs and athletes such as kicker Mike Rendina (Florida State) and Barry Krauss (Alabama – NFL fame).

When the school re-opened over the past five years, it was done on a smaller scale, and stressed academics as a MAGNET school.

This school, which many forget ever existed before, struggled for identity, and former Ely head coach Rocky Gillis moved in as football coach to help get the program rolling, and then handed it over when he took the County Athletic Director position.

The very fact that football fans in south Florida think of nearby Ely when the name Pompano Beach comes up, is enough top motivate the players on a program that competes at the 2B level, which also includes two-time defending state champion Pahokee.


Demetrius Randolph
"Identity was very important for the "new" Pompano High," said Larry Blustein of Floridakids.us. "I remember the "old" Pompano High, and there was a move to show that this was a school that needed to be open for many reasons."

While Ely gets much of the attention in this community to the north of Fort Lauderdale, it's their neighbors to the east who will draw a lot of interest from college coaches.

If you are a football fan, you may remember that the Tornadoes were actually leading Pahokee at the half last season. Then, star running back Antone Smith woke up and led a serious second half charge.

There is a lot of optimism as this program heads toward the summer. This is by far the best senior class that Head Coach Vince Stephens has had.

On our recent spring trip to see the Tornadoes, we found some impressive prospects. This is a team that has as many as four D1A prospects this coming year


Myron Lewis
We had pleasure of watching the young men at the Perfect Competition/FloridaKids.us event in March in Davie.

The top prospect include wide receiver Verlon Moore. The main reason Moore has received so much attention is his numbers on the football field. He was 1st Team All-Broward last season and 2nd Team All-State. If production is what recruiters are looking for, Moore fits the description. He finished last season with 40 receptions for 1,008 yards. He also hauled in 12 touchdowns. What makes him so dangerous is in the open field, he is very tough to catch. He has good size as he stands in at 6-foot-2. That type of size will cause match up problems for defensive coordinators all season long. Inside the red-zone, Moore is as good as it gets.

Another star on offense this year will be running back Roderick Gillis. He is an elusive running back that is very tough to tackle. For his size (5-foot-10, 190 pounds), Gillis is not afraid to run between the tackles. He likes to lower his head and take on all defenders. What he lacks in breakaway speed, Gillis more than makes up for in quickness and elusiveness in the open field? Another impressive trait for Gillis is he is a threat out of the backfield as a receiver.

He is the son of Rocky Gillis, who played his football at the University of Mississippi.


Roderick Gillis
The third star on offense will be Myron Lewis. Not only is he a solid No. 2 receiver to Moore, he can make plays on special teams and defensive as well. Last season alone, Lewis had 23 receptions and over 500 yards receiving. On defense, Lewis made his mark with over 10 interceptions. He also did well on special teams where Lewis has 5 blocks. His versatility on the football field is why college recruiters will make a stop in Pompano this year and it won't be to just see the Tigers of Ely.

The last of the stars on offense will be quarterback Demetrius Randolph. With Randolph under center, the Tornadoes should have no problems lighting up scoreboards this fall.


Randolph has tremendous size as well as a very good throwing arm, and with Moore and Lewis to throw the football to; Randolph should have a big year. Don't be surprised to see Randolph as Pompano Beach high as one of the top quarterbacks in Broward County this year.

There you have a look at a program that many will hear plenty about over the next seven months. A program that is new, but has a rich tradition!

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