Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: Miramar Loses and I Cannot Explain


It was not supposed to end this way. Undefeated Miramar was expected to travel to four loss Palm Beach Gardens and pick up an easy win.  After dominating Deerfield Beach 43-6, most, including this writer expected the Patriots to glide their way to Orlando which would would have led to a 2011 rematch against Tampa Plant or a battle with defending 8A State Champion, Apopka.


In their 12-10 loss to the Gators, Miramar would lead in rushing and passing yards but also in turnovers and penalties. Yes! turnovers and penalties!!!!!  Maybe it was a loss of focus, maybe it was the travel, maybe their opponent played better prepared, maybe it is something we would not understand.


The reality is we have to “play the games.”  While we enter December with schools like Armwood and Booker T. Washington, there is no Bradenton Manatee which we lost before Thanksgiving. What makes the FHSAA Playoffs so special is a school like Bartram Trail High School, who was 0-5 on October 3.   Now the St. Augustine area school is our Region 1-6A Champion and one game away from a state final.


In this system of brackets and single elimination, there is a sense of happiness for some. Palm Beach County had no one at state last year as Dwyer joins Palm Beach Gardens in giving the hope for a different outcome.  As for Miramar, their current structures enable them to remain competitive on an annual basis and maybe the high expectations caused this sense of shock and dismay when they lost a game upon which they were a heavy favorite.  This game and now season will leave us with questions that we may not answer. As the athletes from the losing Broward team learned a life lesson last night, maybe that is all the explanation we will ever need.



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