Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: Miami Central Beats Don Bosco, Maintains Florida Dominance



(Photo: Via George McNish,

Don Bosco Prep (NJ), may not have the same team as in year’s past. However, as hosts of Miami Central (FL) they could emphasize the fact that they had two wins in the past two years against state champion teams in the state of Florida (2011 – Brandenton Manatee; 2012 – Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas).  Even though the New Jersey school lost a close overtime game to Mission Viejo (CA) last week, this program had won 20 of their last 24 games against out of state and mostly elite teams.


Unfortunately for the Ironmen (1-2), they provided a team, which were losers of 4 of their last 5 games, dating back from last year and was expected to challenge a Florida school which is ranked in the top 10
nationally in most polls.  The Rockets (3-1), whose only loss was to number 1 nationally ranked Booker T. Washington, did not flinch in their 50-21 dismantling of their New Jersey opponent.


Miami Central running backs, Dalvin Cook and Joseph Yearby would rush for a combined 5 touchdowns and gain nearly 300 yards on the ground, while quarterback Keith Reed would connect with Da’vante Phillips through the air for two more scores to contribute to the offensive dominance Central would demonstrate on this night. If you eliminate some penalties at inopportune times and a missed field goal, this score could have been much worse.


Bosco quarterback Frank Nutile and running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks would help give their team a 14-10 lead in the second quarter but the Rockets would adjust with a Cook interception and a recovered fumble by Johnathan Harris on the next two Ironmen drives.   This would set the tone in a game which appeared more as a formality than a contest the rest of the way.


For Bosco, this was reported to be their worst defensive outing in 14 years and first 1-2 start in 17 years.   Some claim the team succumbed to a tough opening schedule, while others argue this school is in a significant decline.  For Central, they looked dominant as they begin to focus their attention on their district schedule as they prepare to make another run for a state title.



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