Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: Miami Jackson: There is Always a Chance

 

(Picture: Source: Miami Herald)

For Miami Jackson (2-0), what if you were one of the best teams in your area?  What if you were one of the top teams in the state for your classification?  What if your opponent this week only resided three miles from you? Unfortunately, for the Generals that opponent is Booker T. Washington (3-0) who they will meet this Thursday night at Traz Powell Stadium on the campus of Miami Dade College.

 

In a neighborhood, where the boundaries are often blurred, and where the traditions and histories, while great, are vastly different, lie two schools with great pride.  A matchup of opposing players that have competed since elementary school attempt to take their skills to new levels every week.

 

Booker T. Washington, in their role as the number 1 team in the nation and defending state champion have impressed thus far this season.  With shutout victories over Norcross (GA.) and Miami Carol City 55-0 and 45-0 respectively, the Tornadoes have demonstrated dominance on both sides of the ball.  A 28-17 victory over then number 2 nationally ranked Miami Central legitimized their pinnacle status in this game. Treon Harris already has over 700 yards passing with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions and Lamar Parker and Deltron Hopkins lead the charge with double digit receptions through three games.

 

Miami Jackson, who served as district runner ups over the past two seasons, found their groove when they successfully beat Plantation American Heritage in the playoffs each of the past two seasons.  Under a balanced attack with quarterback, Quinton Flowers, the Generals succeeded with a 38-21 victory over North Miami Beach and 26-7 victory over perennial power, Miami Norland.  Flowers continues to serve in his role as a dual threat with 275 yards rushing and 276 yards passing thus far,  However, to win on Thursday night, Miami Jackson will need to find other weapons.

 

Miami Jackson will enter this contest as a prohibitive underdog.  However,  for a team of their caliber there is always a chance.  While the Tornadoes are among the elite in Prep Football, the Generals have learned how to win under adverse conditions.  Much can happen in a 48 minute game.  “There is always a chance!”

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