Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky Korner: Miami Northwestern, How? and When?

 

 

(Photo Source: Sports Illustrated 2007)

 

As we have reached the 1/3 mark of the season, one must ask the question of whether Miami Northwestern will miss the playoffs?   By playing in District 16-6A, which many think is the toughest district in the state, there is no room for the error.   After getting dominated by St. Thomas 38-3 and put to a running clock, followed by a 25-7 victory over a very good Jacksonville Raines team 25-7, there was hope that the Bulls would be ready to open their district schedule against Miami Carol City.  In a program that now seems to rely on low scoring games, having the score at 15-15 at halftime would make one think that the Bulls were in a favorable position. Unfortunately for the Liberty City school, Carol City quarterback, Trayon Gray would provide enough productivity on the ground to lead the Chiefs to a 28-15 victory over the Bulls.

 

In a district that contains national powerhouse, Miami Central, every game against other district opponents is essentially an elimination game.  Hence, Miami Northwestern will most likely need a tiebreaker to have any chance at post season.  In a community rich with history and tradition, some think we may see sweeping changes if the team known as “The West” doesn’t advance past the regular season. Unfortunately, while Northwestern resides in a county that may get 16 playoff spots or more, they are forced to challenge teams that after the top team, breed itself in parity and great talent.  District opponents Miami Norland and Homestead are teams which will provide matchup problems for Northwestern and even if the Bulls figure things out with those schools, Central had proven that they play this game at a much higher level and that victory may be unlikely.

 

Through three games, Miami Northwestern only averages 14 points per game as an offense.  The fewest points in their district. By no means would it be fair to compare any team to their 2007 team that won the mythical national championship. Most of the pundits feel that team would beat the 2013 Booker T. Washington team which resides in the same town.  However, the questions remain as we identify the problem.  Is it too many competing schools of choice drawing their athletes? Is it increased academic demands as the school’s focuses on complying with state and federal targets which should be the priority of all schools?   Those questions are my speculation only.  Regardless, many including myself expect this school to regain its prominence on the gridiron.  The question is how? And when?

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