Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: American Heritage and Jackson Meet Again

 

(Photo Source: Miami Herald)

 

For many in Plantation, Florida, November 16, 2012 is a day they would like to forget.  Plantation American Heritage was considered by many as a favorite in Orlando.  Aside from a 3 point loss to FHSAA 4A state runner up, Jacksonville Bolles, this team played a perfect regular season and was dominating their opponents with their high octane offense.  A latter part of the season 70-19 victory over Cardinal Gibbons demonstrated this team’s excellence on the field.  Miami Jackson, on  the other hand, would finish their regular season 6-4 of which the team lost three of their last four games.  

 

American Heritage would open up their playoff run against Miami Jackson on that November evening. Unfortunately  for the second year in a row, the Generals would pull the upset and end the Patriots hopes and dreams with an early exit. Finishing their season with a 16 point loss at home was hard for many to comprehend and ended up being the last game for Patriots head coach Jeff Dellenbach.  Miami Jackson would not end their run with that game however.  In fact, they would fall, weeks later, to Immokalee 29-21 in the state semifinals in a game marred with turnovers.   Unlike other years Miami Jackson and Plantation American Heritage now play together in District 16-5A.  

 

American Heritage (4-1), ranked #5 in the A.P. Poll,  enters this matchup with Miami Jackson with high optimism. Despite a 42-20 loss to Miami Central, they were able to shutout their last two opponents including state powerhouse, Daytona Mainland.  Led by Sony Michel in the backfield, Torrance Gibson at quarterback and Isaiah McKenzie at receiver and with special teams, this group has lots of talent on both sides of the ball. Miami Jackson (3-1), ranked #1 in the A.P. Poll, also enters the game with the belief that they are supreme.  Despite a 35-6 loss to Miami Booker T. Washington, this school has relied on an offense that scores early and often.  Led by quarterback, Quinton Flowers, his role as a dual threat has been difficult to stop in the Generals three wins.  

 

Heritage is listed as a 3 point favorite in this game which will take place this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Curtis Park.  Despite Jackson’s more physical defense, the pundits think that the Patriots have too many weapons and will also be able to control field position. Although it should be noted that those are the same words we have heard the past two years and it did lead to surprising outcomes.  The only consolation for the loser this time is that they may be able to seek redemption in the playoffs.

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