Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: Is it time to smile at Miami Springs?

(photo – Source: Miami Herald)

When Miami Springs opened their season last year by squeaking out a 21-19 win over their arch rival, Westland Hialeah, it was a sea of celebration for the Golden Hawks in the River City.  Unfortunately, the Golden Hawks would not win another game in 2012.  In fact, among their eight losses, this team was shut out three times and scored only seven points on three other occasions last season. The school’s level of futility over the past few years has indeed been a tough pill to swallow for this community with a playoff drought of 18 years. 

This is quite different from an institution which celebrates their current and former NFL alum of the likes of  T.Y. Hilton, Devin Aromashodu and Lomas Brown.  In fact, when you visit the school, you will find a picture of NFL Alum, Willis McGahee who attended the school as well but did not graduate from there.

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After a promising spring, culminated with a win over Miami Varela, it may be time for alum and head coach Darryl Bethune to smile again.  While DT Jaree Tolbert and RB Darryl Bethune Jr. receive the most exposure, look for other names to move into the spotlight once the team jumps into its district schedule.

After Miami American High in District 16-7A, Miami Springs matches well with other district foes Barbara Goleman, Hialeah-Miami Lakes, Mater Academy, Mourning and Westland Hialeah. The school will face an early test with Hialeah which could catapult them into a special season.

Unfortunately the team that does finish second in this district will most likely meet national powerhouse and defending state champion, St. Thomas Aquinas in the first round of the playoffs. Oh well!

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