Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: South Dade Refocuses, Easily Beats Southwest


(Source: Miami Herald)

If there was ever a team that wanted to hit the field in these playoffs sooner, it was Miami South Dade. Smarting off of a loss to Miami Killian in week 9 which cost them the district title, the Bucs were determined to handle their business. Their foe, 15-8A Champion, Miami Southwest was no match in this one-sided game at Tropical Park. South Dade (10-1) would score at will by opening a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and ending the hopes for Southwest (9-2) with a 42-7 victory.


South Dade Quarterback,  Khalil Render did not flinch in his four touchdown, 275 yard pass performance which was mainly from his production in the first half.  C.J. Worton will be most remembered tonight for his 40 yard punt return to setup a late first half touchdown. He demonstrated how many missed tackles an opposing team can make on one play. Tyre’ Brady used his height to catch two TD passes and Johnnie Hankins rushed for 90 yards, mostly up the middle and had one receiving touchdown from a center screen.


The Bucs defense was stifling throughout the night by allowing no points. The interception by Bucs DB, Derek Nottage in the end zone on the first offensive play set the tone for the night. The one Southwest touchdown was by Linebacker, Gerald Payoute you scored a “pick 6” from the 18 yard line. Payoute would also recover an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff.  Treyvon Sands tried to help the Eagles be competitive but aside from a 53 yard reception, the Bucs were successful in stopping him with their double and triple team packages.


Maybe it was scheduling or just talent, but South Dade left this game unscathed and Southwest continued to lack any postseason success.  The South Dade loss  from a few weeks ago may be more about pride as they will now meet Killian (7-4) next week in a rematch in the Region 4-8A Semifinals. The Cougars eliminated Belen Jesuit 21-3. Whether due to revenge or merely focus, the Bucs do not plan to drink the Killian Kool-Aid.  By the time these two teams meet next Friday at 7:30 p.m., each team will know whether the next opponent will be Coral Gables or Columbus and of course there will be a new story to tell.   



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