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Kosnitzky’s Korner: Is it time for the South Dade Buccaneers To Get An Opportunity?

(photo: Source: Miami Herald)


With its history derived centuries ago, the Buccaneers began as pirates who attacked Spanish shipping in the Caribbean Sea during the 1600’s.  This idea of putting up a fight to the very end may symbolize the status and being of the South Dade High Buccaneers Football team.


The school, located near the southern tip of Miami-Dade County and gateway to the Florida Keys, can be described as a lower, working class community predominated by farms and agriculture.  A school, which often produces the top wrestlers in the state, is not known prominently for football with the likes of Miami Central, Miami Northwestern or Booker T. Washington. This is despite producing NFL players Antrell Rolle and Marcus Hudson.


However, as we open district play and begin to see the formation of 8A contenders, South Dade (3-0) may be the Miami team which would win their region and challenge for the finals slot to Orlando.  With an average margin of victory of just over 3 points a game, these cardiac kids have found a way to win every week.


In week 1, a botched snap on what would have been the winning field goal in the final minute, gave South Dade a 12-10 victory over Miami Columbus. This is significant since the Explorers were the state semi finalists in this classification over the past two seasons.


In week 2, South Dade held on to defeat Top 10 County foe, Miami Carol City 16-12. This game was more about the Buccaneers building an early lead and quarterback Kahlil Render making throws to leading receivers Tyre Brady and C.J. Worton.


Last week, South Dade, trailing by 15 points in second half, came back to knock off Miami American with 19 unanswered points, 39-35.  With Kahlil Render’s 250 yards of passing and a balanced rushing attack led by Johnnie Hankins, who scored a key touchdown late in the third quarter, South Dade was able to preserve their undefeated season.


Moving forward, South Dade begins its district schedule, with Miami Palmetto this week.  An October 11 date with Miami Jackson and a regular season finale matchup against cross town rival Miami Homestead may lead to a split. Since neither of those teams play in Class 8A, look for then favored South Dade to get through Miami Columbus in an expected playoff rematch around Thanksgiving as they reach closer to a State Title opportunity.



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