Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: Cypress Bay, Columbus and Northwestern and the need for a win

 

In this sport which revolves itself around hopes, dreams and expectations, finding a win was never so important than this week for certain teams. Prominent programs, coming off tough district losses, needed a win just to stay on track. For one, it was to stay in their district race.  For the others, it was simply the need to find themselves and define their programs for the rest of the season.

Weston Cypress Bay (2-2, 1-1), who now may need to rely on others to make the playoffs, remained in the District 12-8A race with a 25-13 victory over Miramar Everglades (3-2, 1-1).  The Weston school got off to a slow start by not breaking up a scoreless tie until late in the first half, thanks to a long field goal by Jonathan Semerene.  However, Dylan Rupert, with the help of a solid offensive line and the productivity of Marquese Dudley Gordon, were able to do enough to help the Lightning get ready for another week that will matter.

For Miami Northwestern (2-2), a loss to winless Pompano Beach Ely (0-4) in this non district game would have been catastrophic.  In fact, the Bulls trailed in the fourth quarter for a brief time before regaining momentum and winning 29-16. Trevis McKinney behind the center and Leon Brown at running back was enough on this night. While still winless against Miami Dade County teams, the Bulls at least have given themselves some hope as they move forward.

For Miami Columbus (1-4) things have not come easy.  The hope was they would be physical enough to stop the Miami Norland (2-3) run oriented offense.   Unfortunately for the Explorers, the go ahead touchdown for Oshton Armstrong would not be enough and a late fourth quarter meltdown would occur for a second consecutive week as the Vikings would win the game 20-15 in this non district game.

While some teams may enter today with a better psyche, the reality is that the current structure may favor this week’s loser.  Based on schedule and caliber of opponents, it is very possible that Miami Columbus will make the playoffs and Cypress Bay and Miami Northwestern may not. We shall see.

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