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Kosnitzky’s Korner: Miami Carol City: Too Much Offense and Too Much Depth for North Miami Beach


(photo: Miami Carol City QB, Trayvon Gray)


A standard football game at any moment involves action between 11 players on one team and 11 players on the other team. Because certain positions are so specialized and the game involves a certain level of physical exertion, it is important to have depth on your team which may mean having as many as 40, 50 or 60 players in uniform for every game.


Typically at the high school level, a team may have a core of special players upon which some of them may play offense, as well as, defense for a portion of the game. Tonight, at Traz Powell Stadium in Miami, we saw something more extreme. North Miami Beach would dress only 27 players and utilized a lineup where most starters played offense and defense.  Miami Carol City (5-2) would find the answers in the second half, defeating North Miami Beach 54-36 in front of a sparse crowd on their Homecoming Game evening.


The strategy of using a short bench seemed effective with the Chargers leading 14-7 midway through the 2nd quarter.  However, when Chiefs quarterback, Trayvon Gray connected with Theodore Hammond for a 16 yard touchdown in the closing moments of the half, the Chargers seemed to shown signs of fatigue.


Trayvon Gray’s 140 yards rushing and over 100 yards passing and Rondell Ellington’s 130 yards from the ground would be enough to lead the Chiefs in this 90 point scoring match. Chargers quarterback, Cedric Wiggins successfully threw for over 300 yards and connected with Immel Rai and Steve Ishmael for multiple touchdowns each in a gallant effort from a team that trailed for most of the second half.


The idea of using few players is not new at North Miami Beach.  With an upset loss to rival North Miami, the Chargers will need to figure things out before their game against Hialeah or these 27 players will not see the postseason. Miami Carol City, for now, looks like they could be the other  playoff team to join Miami Central from their district.  Their defense seemed vulnerable at times but their ability to move the football down the field showed how competitive they will be the rest of the season.



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