Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: Booker T. Washington Finally Meets University School.

 

(Photo Source: Everything High School Sports)

When the Florida State High School Athletic Association released the latest classifications and team district assignments, the first thing that came to mind for me was that Davie University School Suns (9-2) had made the jump to 4A.  The defending 3A State Champion would now have to play the defending 4A State Champion in the playoffs.  That opponent would be the #1 nationally ranked Miami Booker T. Washington Tornadoes (11-0). This long anticipated matchup will finally happen as the two teams collide this Friday Night in the 4-4A Final in Davie, FL.

 

Maybe by coincidence or possibly by design, the Suns immersed themselves in a schedule considerably more challenging than years past.  This included their only two losses of the season which involved a close four point loss at top ranked 8A Brandenton Manatee and an end of season loss on the home field of defending 6A State Champion and again top ranked Miami Central. This is significant considering the other teams on their schedule, such as Island Coast, Miami Norland, Glades Central and Weston Cypress Bay proved no match for the school situated on the Nova Southeastern University Campus. 

 

The Suns are led by Quarterback, Sean White who threw for 2,300 yards and 28 touchdown passes. Through the air, Sam Bruce, Chris Taylor and Jarius Brown have double digit receptions and average between 16 and 21 yards per catch.  On the ground, Jordan Scarlett and LaJuan Hunt each average over 8 yards per carry with a combined 28 touchdowns.  As receivers, Scarlett and Hunt have been equally potent averaging over 17 yards per reception with a combined 5 touchdowns.  For the Tornadoes, Quarterback , Treon Harris is back after a hiatus.  His 18 touchdowns passes with only 2 interceptions has set the standard for his team.  Lamar Hopkins and Deltron Hopkins have nearly 30 receptions each and nearly 18 yards per catch.  Mark Walton and Krondis Larry support the balanced offense with a combined total of 1,100 yards on the ground.  

 

Interestingly, Joe Pinkos, who uses a computerized program, to predict outcomes for high school games, lists University School as a one point favorite.   However, the Suns have been reading and hearing for months that they have no chance in this game.  This perception became more apparent when Booker T. defeated Miami Central in September in what was then called the “Game of the Century” for South Florida.  A lot can happen in 48 minutes and maybe the value behind the upgraded non-district schedule will be realized for the Suns this Friday Night.

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