Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: Thank You St. Thomas and Northwestern

[Photo: via Josh Ritchie – Sun Sentinel]

 

Okay. They finally played. For so many years, we would listen to the gripes and pleading for St. Thomas Aquinas to play Miami Northwestern. The echoes became louder in South Florida when the Bulls produced that magical team in 2007 led by Jacory Harris, Sean Spence, Aldarius Johnson, Marcus Forston, Lavonte David and others. Let’s not forget these schools combined for 12 state titles in their existence with shades of national notoriety.

However, after the Raiders made three straight trips to the red zone and began to insert their will early in the first half, the sparse Northwestern crowd decided to be the chosen ones to witness the inevitable.  The 38-3 victory by St. Thomas over Northwestern could have been much much worse with the Raiders using many backups in the 2nd half including the experience of playing under a running clock in the final 11:02 of the game.

For St. Thomas, we would watch Madre London and Deltron Sands rush for a combined 3 touchdowns, Jake Stewart achieve with a 52 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown and a Devante Peete 60 yard touchdown reception lead the offense. Quarterbacks Wade Freebeck and Jake Rizzo both showed poise in their regular season debuts. On the defense, we saw interceptions by James Oliphant and Tyson Cisrow. Their dominance, along with their teammates led to the Bulls misery.

For Northwestern, a Sharmarkie Spence interception which helped enable the Bulls their best scoring opportunity of the first half and a Ruben Piraquive field goal summed up the evening for the Liberty City School.

Yes this experience was ugly for some and at times difficult to watch. Especially when Northwestern Quarterback Trevis McKinney was injured from an apparent face mask.  However, we hope that these teams will play again soon and often.  Miami Northwestern will still compete in the 16-6A District, while St. Thomas will look to repeat as 7A State Champions. Regardless of the future, when it comes to last night’s game, let us still say “thank you.”

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