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Kosnitzky’s Korner: Booker T. Washington and Miami Central, More Than Bragging Rights

(Photo: via Al Diaz, Miami Herald)

 

Game of the Century! Clash of the Titans!  Call it what you want but this game moves beyond simple bragging rights for a local community. Booker T. Washington and Miami Central are considered the top two high school programs in the nation depending on who you ask.  These two schools, just 4 miles apart will meet this Friday Night at Traz Powell Stadium located at Miami Dade College North Campus.

While the main focus in Florida for Booker T. Washington is to repeat as 4A state champions and the main focus for Miami Central is to repeat as 6A state champions, that will not be the emphasis on Friday night.  While local, state and national media will cover this game and recruiting sites will review and discuss the several elite players on both teams ad nauseam, this game has an effect on every player and in fact every stakeholder at each school.

It is not just a game.  It is personal.  Few can forget last year when the then favored, Tornadoes led 19-3 and were on Central’s 33-yard line midway through the 3rd quarter. They were in position to knock off the Rockets who were still smarting from a 35-3 loss to Grayson (GA) the previous week.  As many will remember, Dalvin Cook would intercept the ball on the next play and return the ball 79 yards for a touchdown.  The Rockets would end the game on a 34-7 run and win last year’s battle 37-26.

While this is a new year, both teams enter with confidence. Booker T. Washington’s 55-0 road win over Norcross (GA) on ESPN was beyond impressive and Miami Central’s 42-20 victory over American Heritage Plantation and a 34-7 exhibition win over Palm Beach Dwyer shows that the Rockets will be ready for the task.  Local and national experts with more knowledge than me state that the Tornadoes have lots of talent in all areas, whereas Miami Central is a different team without Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook.  The problem for the team in Orange and Black is that Miami Central’s dynamic duo will indeed be in this game. Unlike any other opponent Booker T. Washington has faced, or will face the rest of the season, the team in Green and White will not be intimidated.   This is why I pick Miami Central.

Rest assured that both teams will repeat as state champions, but at least next Friday in Miami, whether I am correct or not, only one team will be King!

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