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Kosnitzky’s Korner: Miami Central Demolishes Palm Bay Heritage

(Photo Source: Miami Herald)

 

For the Miami Central Rockets to move one step closer to return to the State Finals in 6A, they would have to beat their guest, the Palm Bay Heritage Panthers.  Aside from an early season loss, to #1 nationally ranked, Booker T. Washington, Central had beaten everyone else which included Plantation American Heritage, University School, and Don Bosco Prep (N.J.).

Palm Bay Heritage had entered this game with an unblemished record but traveling to Miami is never easy and with the past success and experience of the Rockets, the team near the Space Coast would enter as 17 point underdogs. Smarting off of a come from behind win against Naples last week, they hoped they could  figure a way to control the game through their Quarterback, Clinton Moxam and Running Back Josh Gaines.

Central (11-1) would demolish Palm Bay (12-1) 54-3 in a game that the victor may remember more what they lost as opposed to what they won.  Rockets, RB and Miami commit, Joseph Yearby would leave the game with a fractured fibula according to the Miami Herald.  With under 6:00 minutes to play in the first quarter, and during the team’s second series Yearby took a run up the middle and had apparently, when tackled, been flipped off of his left leg near the Heritage 27 yard line. Coaches immediately carried him off to the bench where he remained on the training table for rest of the half before leaving the stadium.

 
The team would score its first of many touchdowns two plays later after a Dalvin Cook 15 yard run.  Quarterback Keith Reed would throw an 18 yard touchdown pass to Tavious Brown Jr. and a 32 yard touchdown pass to Da’Vante Phillips later in the half. However, when Cook scored his 2nd touchdown off of a 72 yard run, making the score 20-0, the game was more about when we may start the running clock, as opposed to whom may win tonight.

With 10:19 remaining in the third quarter, and the score 41-0, the running clock started.  Central would finish with over 500 yards of total offense, while distracted with the loss of one of the  team’s leaders. Next Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Rockets will host Daytona Mainland (12-1) in the 6A State Semifinals. Ironically, Mainland’s only loss was to Plantation American Heritage by a score of 6-0 and Plantation American Heritage’s only loss was to this Central team. As the teams move through the bracket, we are getting closer to a Central vs Armwood rematch from 2011. Hmmm. I cannot wait. 

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