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Booker T., Miami Central Primer

According to rivals.com, the battle Friday night pits the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the land. And they’re both located in MiamiDade County. Has there ever been a bigger game in South Florida?

Who: #1 Miami Central (1-0) vs. #2 Booker T. Washington (1-0)

Where: Traz-Powell Stadium

When: 7:30 pm

Live Streaming: Hosted by SFSN.tv, available on Varsity Preps

The Stakes: Have never been higher. The winner has the inside track to go undefeated and bring home a national championship.

Notables: Miami Central has a ton of talent, especially on offense. 2014 RBs Joesph Yearby (5’9, 177, verbally committed to Miami) and Dalvin Cook (5’11, 192, Florida) will get a steady diet of carries to test the BTW front seven. Also expect to see a few plays to get them the ball in space where they can work their magic. Leading the way for Central’s dynamic duo will be OT Trevor Darling (6’5, 330, Miami), OL Michael Smith (6’3, 315, USF), Raul Diaz (6’2, 277) and Reginald Bain (6’4, 267, FAU). The best receiving threat is junior Da’Vante Phillips (6’1, 189, Florida). It’s an embarrassment of riches upfront.

On defense, CB Deatrick Nichols (5’11, 171, USF), S Calvin Brewton (5’11, 167), and DT Fred Jones (6’2, 270, FSU) highlight a sturdy defense. The secondary better be ready for a major test.

Notables: Booker T. Washington is led by QB Treon Harris (5’11, 180, FSU). He looked very sharp in BTW’s dismantling of Norcross (GA) 55-0. He’s deadly accurate and is an explosive running threat coming out of the pocket. His receiving targets include Lamar Parker (5’8, 170, West Virginia) and Deltron Hopkins (5’8, 160, Appalachian St.). Running the football for the Tornadoes will be Krondis Larry (5’6, 160, Samford). This is an explosive offense that can score in any situation, from any part of the field.

Defensively, Booker T. Washington boasts a pair of bookends that are headed to Miami. DE Chad Thomas (6’6, 230) has an explosive first step and is a dangerous pass rusher. On the other side, end Demetrius Jackson (6’5, 225) is a freakish athlete. Both will have their work cut out for them Friday night. CB Nigel Bethel II (5’8, 168, Miami) isn’t a big corner, but he plays bigger than his size and must provide backup in run support.

— Michael Bradley

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