Varsity Preps

Carol City Faces Big Test

Miami Carol City (1-1) faces the No.1 team in the country tomorrow, Booker T. Washington (2-0) at Traz Powell Stadium.

Last week, the Chiefs suffered a tough loss, 16-12 to South Dade. Booker T. Washington was able to hold off a late charge from Miami Central, securing the top spot in the nation. The Tornadoes face another explosive offense, led by 2014 QB Trayone Gray (6’2, 215, verbally committed to Miami). Gray can hurt defenses with his arm and legs, but the BTW defense is quick, athletic, and well coached.

Carol City head coach Aubrey Hill agrees that his Chiefs face a difficult challenge tomorrow evening. “It’s easy to see why they’re No.1, Booker T. is a very fast, athletic team that plays with confidence,” Coach Hill told Varsity Preps. “We’re excited and that’s why we want to play these games, to play the very best in the country and in Miami-Dade. We feel that we’re a good a team and I think we’re ready for the challenge.”

If not for self-inflicted mistakes, Carol City could be sitting at 2-0. Coach Hill talked about the focus of the team in preparations this week. “I like this team, how they play. We have a lot of seniors and they have confidence,” he shared. “I say every week we have one game seasons and this week we have Booker T. Washington. I feel that if we can run the ball, play good defense and special teams, then we’ll have a chance to win the game. But the kids know, it’s for bragging rights around here. There has been more focus and concentration this week in the weight room and watching film.”

The prognosticators give no chance for Carol City to pull the upset, but Coach Hill spoke about what a victory would mean for his program. “It would be huge, just because they’re the No. 1 team in the country. It’s difficult to say, but it would be a tremendous victory for our kids.”

Free safety Rashad Fenton (5’11, 170, interest from Cincinnati) is excited to see how his defense will fare against the explosive BTW offense. “We’re the underdogs, but a lot of underdogs can beat the top teams. We just have to step up and handle our business. They’re a good team and it’s a big challenge for us, but I just have to stick to my fundamentals and play my game.”

OLB Laroy James (5’10, 170, interest from Louisville) said, “Practice has been more focused, we’ve spent more time in the weight room and in the film room. It’s been a little different around school and all the students know how big of a game this is.”

MLB Kevon Phillips is ready to face BTW. “We’re facing the No. 1 team in the country. We’ve been in the lab more, definitely. It’s even been more focused in class this week,” he said. “The speed we’ll face is tremendous. I’ve been going home and doing extra drills to get ready for this game.”

Coach Hill said his Chiefs will face some unique threats tomorrow evening. “Booker T. is going to test us early in the passing game, they’ll try to be the hammer. For example, if they face a 4th & 4, I expect them to go for it. They’ll take their shots downfield and be very aggressive. We’re facing an aggressive team, we’re an aggressive team, so I’m anxious to see how we stack up.”

— Michael Bradley



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