Hialeah upset Belen Jesuit 31-21 in a season-opening district 13-8A matchup. Late in the fourth quarter, the Thoroughbreds led by junior quarterback Alin Edouard mounted an eight-play, 80-yard drive to take a 24-21 lead with less than a minute left.
After missing two receivers on long pass attempts, Edouard found senior wide out George Williams for a 5-yard catch on fourth down to keep the drive alive. With the clock winding down, Edouard completed two consecutive screen passes to senior Ronald Washington to move the ball deep into Wolverine territory.
Senior running back Cesar Meneses scored the game-winning touchdown on a 2-yard run up the middle.
We practice two-minute drills all the time. Our kids are resilient, T-Breds coach Marc Berman said.
With 48 seconds left, the Wolverines tried to have a late comeback drive but Williams stripped Belen quarterback Ryan Murphy and recovered the ball in the end zone to seal the victory.
This was the best win in the history of Hialeah football, Berman told his team after the game.
With Hialeah threatening to score midway through the third quarter, Belen capitalized on a long interception return by junior defensive back John Medina to set up a touchdown. The Wolverines, who were trailing 17-14 at halftime, took a 21-17 lead when sophomore running back Brandon Silvestry scored on a 64-yard run on the first play of the drive.
• Grayson 35, Central 3: Centrals chances of winning a national championship took a hit.
The Rockets, who are ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, were beaten by Grayson (Ga.), the No. 1 team according to ESPN.
Graysons Robert Nkemdiche rushed for two touchdowns as the Rams defeated Central 35-3.
Thats a good football team over there, Central coach Telly Lockette said.
The schedule doesnt get much easier for Central (1-1), which plays nationally ranked Booker T. Washington next week and Bradenton Manatee on Sept. 14.
Central was held to just 66 yards of total offense and three first downs. Florida State commitment Joseph Yearby had 48 yards rushing, including the Rockets biggest play, a 34-yard run. Central also turned the ball over twice.
Grayson features the nations No. 1 college prospect in defensive end/running back Robert Nkemdiche, who is committed to Clemson.
Nkemdiche rushed for only 12 yards, but had two short-yard touchdowns. The 6-5, 280-pounder had two tackles on defense.
Hes a heck of a player, Lockette said. Hes a kid you have to keep six eyes on at one time. Hes got that much respect.
• Key West 42, Miami High 14: Key West jumped to a 22-0 lead in the second quarter en route to the lopsided win at Curtis Field in front of about 300 fans.
The Stingarees could not find a way to stop the Conches running attack, which combined for 344 rushing yards on 39 attempts.
Quarterback Kelvin Reyes was 12 for 24 with a touchdown and an interception.
• Miami Beach 44, Mourning 12: Jose Fernandez threw three touchdowns in his first three attempts of the season to lead Miami Beach past Mourning at FIU North.
Treyon Garnett had two fumble recoveries and a 51-yard interception return to give the Hi-Tides a 34-6 lead at the half.