Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: Miramar Beats Flanagan But There Are No Losers

 

For Pembroke Pines Flanagan their trip to Miramar in a battle for 12-8A supremacy would not be tarnished regardless of the outcome. As a 21 point underdog on the road, they understood the huge challenge they would face. With a playoff spot all but certain at this stage, this game was more about a test of their progress.  The Falcons early season win over Cypress Bay was historic but the Patriots were seen as more of a national caliber team who will figure in the state 8A title race.

The keys to the Falcons success was finding a way for their Quarterback, Ryan Stanley to get the ball to their receiver, Emonee Spence, playing disciplined defense and playing error free ball.  In the end, the turning point came down to special teams.  With a 7-6 lead in the first half and only 6 seconds on the clock, the Falcons would attempt a low probability 46 yd field goal. Miramar, as they have done so successfully in the past, would block the kick and in this case have Andre Godfrey run the ball in for a 65 yard touchdown.  For Flanagan a no worse than a one point lead at intermission quickly became a six point deficit.

In the third quarter, David Campbell would connect with his third and final field goal of the game giving the Patriots a 16-7 lead.  Unfortunately for the home team, the Falcons would not go away.  Stanley, who connected with Keavon Mitchell on a 23 yard touchdown pass in the first half, threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Chris Nealey and we would enter the fourth quarter in a 16-14 game.

Unwavered by Flanagan’s comeback efforts, Miramar Quarterback Nick Jeanty, with the help of Cameron Rigby and Eric Pittman would lead the team on an 84 yard touchdown drive.  Jeanty  would get the ball to Kwasim West for a 33 yard score to give Miramar (8-0, 4-0) a 22-13 victory over Flanagan (7-1, 4-1).

There were no losers in this game.  Miramar maintains their status as the team to beat in the southern half of 8A.  Flanagan showed that their success  was not a fluke.  With many juniors in core positions, the game against the Patriots was “taking the next step” in their progression. With the playoffs a forgone conclusion, the question is whether this Pembroke Pines team will return to Miramar for post season and have another chance to brighten the “Dark Side.”

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