Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: South Dade meets Miami Southwest in the Playoffs

When the regular season came to a close,  South Dade High (9-1) Buccaneers Football team felt a sense of disappointment.  Although they made the playoffs and had a memorable season, a loss to Miami Killian in week nine cost them the district title in 16-8A.  In a region and county where there is great parity in the largest classification among the higher echelon teams and games mostly on neutral sites, the playoffs are hard to predict.  When the Bucs take the field this Friday against 15-8A Champion, Miami Southwest (9-1), the away team will be 14 point favorites.  This is step 1 for South Dade and nothing short of a State Semifinal would be considered a bust for the school which resides just to the north of the gateway to the Florida Keys.  


South Dade is led by Quarterback,  Kahlil Render, who has over 1750 yards passing and 26 touchdown passes.  Receivers C.J. Worton and Tyre’ Brady encompass nearly two thirds of the receiving yards with over  50 receptions combined among them. Nathaniel Terry and Tarviant Williams have also accumulated double digit receptions each which makes it very hard for any opposing secondary.  Johnnie Hankins 600 yards on the ground has been effective when South Dade needed to focus on ball control in close games.


Southwest is led by Quarterback, D’undre Pickett-White, who had over 2,000 yards passing and 26 touchdowns.  Pickett-White also has over 500 yards rushing this season.  Treyvon Sands leads the team in rushing and receiving yards with over 600 yards rushing and over 500 yards receiving. To support Pickett-White and Sands, the Eagles look to Kristian Torano, Daquantay Smith and Robbie Jimenez who have double digit receptions each this year.


The reality is Southwest consistently plays a favorable schedule in a favorable district.  South Dade should win easily unless they treat this as a “look ahead” game and possible rematch with Killian.  With no games at Harris Field, Coral Gables and or Miami Columbus will lurk soon after.   The talk about playing Miramar or Deerfield Beach will have to hold for now.  





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