Mourning overcomes mistakes to seal first three-win season


Special to the Miami Herald

Despite having three starters out including their starting quarterback and turning in a sloppy night with 11 penalties and five fumbles, Mourning overcame all of it to still easily dispose of Hialeah Gardens 27-6 on Wednesday night in a battle of independents at North Miami Stadium.

Coach Carl Cirkl “played everybody” as three different players handled the quarterback position and 10 different runners touched the ball. Mourning, which moved its record to 3-2, marking its first three-win season since starting its program four years ago, jumped out in front quickly (14-0) with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns: one a 5-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kevin Joseph and then a 91-yard scoring pass when Joseph found Stanley Luc.

Although Hialeah Gardens fell to 0-6 and has not won a game since 2010, the Gladiators enjoyed a big moment when they scored their first points of the season when running back Dedrick Andrews scored from 9 yards out on the final play of the first quarter to cut the Sharks’ lead to 14-6. Gardens also enjoyed a rare moment as they boasted a 100-yard runner when Andrews crossed over the century mark in the fourth quarter and finished the night with 122 yards on 20 carries.

Junior Louis fell on a loose fumble in the end zone in the second quarter for Mourning’s third touchdown and Marcus Alexander wrapped up the Sharks scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter.

Bill Daley



First downs128
Rushes-yards34-152 31-99
Passing yards137 0
Passes6-14-0 0-0-0
Punts2-31 5-30
Fumbles-lost5-2 7-4
Penalties-yards11-85 8-84
Field goals-att0-1 0-0

ATM 14 6 7 0–27
HG 6 0 0 0–6


ATM – Joseph 5 run (Reese kick)

ATM – Luc 91 pass from Joseph (Reese kick)

HG – Andrews 9 run (kick failed)

ATM – Louis recovered fumble in end zone (kick failed)

ATM – Alexander 9 run (Reese kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing (att-yds) – MOU: Brodsky 1-(-5), Louis 1-1, Weisman 1-2, Michel 2-3, Grande 3-7, Stamp 3-15, Vallejo 5-21, Stradford 3-33, Alexander 7-37, Joseph 8-38. HG: Montano 6-(-47), Pryce 5-24, Andrews 20-122.

Passing (comp-att-int, yds)– MOU: Vallejo 0-3-0, 0, Weisman 1-1-0, 1, Joseph 5-10-0, 136. Receiving (rec-yds-TD) – MOU:Joseph 1-1, Brodsky 2-19, Louis 2-26, Luc 1-91.


St. Thomas Aquinas will carry a Class 4A No. 1 girls’ cross-country ranking into the FSU Invitational Girls’ Elite Race at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee on Saturday.

Tampa Plant, the two-time defending state champion currently ranked No. 2 in the FACA/ Class 4A poll, would like nothing more than to knock Aquinas from that perch.

That the Raiders and Panthers are squaring off for the first time since the 2011 FHSAA state finals last November has made the buildup to the pre-state meet even bigger this season.

“This will be the true test,” Aquinas coach Trish Butler said. “Tampa Plant is a 10-time state champion. No team on any level has done that. They reloaded after losing their top girl from last year. They’ve been holding back so far this season. We will see how we stack up against them.”

Most of the focus will be whether Aquinas has closed the gap on Plant since finishing in third and four points back at the 2011 state finals.

Plant has thrived in big meets and features five seniors in its top seven returnees, led by Julia Rodriguez and Caroline Gibson.

In contrast, Aquinas’ strength has been in its youth, featuring freshman Alexa Cruz (18:52, No. 20 in Florida), who won the Mountain Dew Invitational two weeks ago, Christina Kalis, Marina Braynon-Moore and Brianna Rischar.



• Miami Country Day d. Coral Springs Christian 25-24, 25-11, 25-11: Mackenzie Bolton 10 kills. Kayla Kotalik 9 kills, 9 digs. Ivana Vlahovic 9 digs.

• Miami Country Day d. Mater Lakes 25-15, 25-15, 25-22: Winona Paez 15 assists, 4 aces. Callie Pumo 14 assists. Breanna Blot 13 kills.

• Doctors Charter d. Hillel 25-10, 25-12, 25-8: Ali Yao 9 aces, 4 kills, 24 assists, 9 digs. Carol Sayori Assato 4 aces, 15 kills, 17 digs. Alex Kretzschmar 9 aces, 5 digs. Nikki Scheck (H) 11 digs, 3 spikes. DOC 9-2.

•  Mater Academy d. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 25-20, 25-18, 25-6: Katie Sanchez 5 kills, 2 aces. Kourtney Lesperance 6 kills, 2 aces. Krystal Canellas 19 assists.

MA 10-2.

• North Miami Beach d. Carol City 25-16, 25-13, 25-11: Neka Pierre 7 aces, kill. Vanessa Joseph 7 aces, 10 digs, 2 kills, 3 assists. Destini Miller 2 diggs, 4 kills.

• Hollywood Hills d. McCarthy 25-22, 19-25, 25-19, 25-22: Natalia St. Thomas 13 kills. Melissa Bandera 40 assists. Sarah Wilensky 9 points, 6 digs.

• Late Tuesday – Pace d. Jackson 25-13, 25-20, 25-8

• Late Tuesday – Palmetto d. Killian 25-21, 25-11, 25-15: Jamie Comendeiro 29 assists, 5 aces, 6 digs. Tiffany Batten 8 kills, 15 digs. Taylor David 10 kills. Erika Jacobs 15 digs. P 10-3.


• Cypress Bay 147, St. Thomas 153 (at FT. Lauderdale CC par 36): Valentina Haupt (CB) 34, Taylor Moody (STA) 35, Macarana Haupt (CB) 35, Heather Netti (STA) 37, Brianna Buckley (CB) 37, Madison Riordan (STA) 39. STA 8-2.

• Hialeah Gardens 237, Miami Springs 274, Reagan 267: Alexa Lavema 52, Carolina Rodriguez 56, Mariana Rohrscheib 57.


• University 150, Pine Crest 157, Westminster Academy 171: Hager (PC) 35, Mizels (US) 36, Septoff (US) 37, Wasserstrom (US) 37.

• Miami Springs 159, Hialeah Gardens 201, Goleman 278: Kyle Safreed 39, Rey Llenera 29, Pat Perez 40.


• University 118, Pace 42; American Heritage 105, University 69; American Heritage 127, Pace 24: Lindsay Hay (AH) won 200 free 1:59.59, and 100 back 1:02.26. Emily Kopas (US) won 200 IM 2:12.08, and 500 free 5:24.

• South Florida HEAT 90, Westminster Christian 84: Jillian Contich won 50 free. Lindsey Sauer won 100 breast. Rose Smiddy won 500 free. WC 1-3.

• Coral Reef 61, American 34, Braddock 1: Carla Robles (CR) won the 200 IM and 100 free. Khamai Simpson (CR) won the 200 free. Katie Davis (CR) won the 500 free. Nicole Hunnewell (CR) won the 100 breast. CR 8-1.


• Westminster Christian 111, South Florida HEAT 60: Zach Brown won 200 free. Alessandro Pestana won 100 breast. Santiago Vega-Ramos won 50 free. Stefano Brambilla won 100 free. WC 2-1.

• University 124, Pace 48; American Heritage 117, University 59; American Heritage 142, Pace 24: Marco Hosfeld (US) won 200 free 1:47.31. Daniel Spas (AH) won 200 IM 1:53.65, 100 free 45.71.

• Coral Reef 37, Braddock 32, American 29: David Bischoff (CR) won the 200 IM. Isidro Planell (CR) won the 50 free. CR 6-4.


• Late Tuesday – Boys’ – Goleman 5, Miami Beach 2: High game: Paris Webb 175. High Series: Paris Webb 488. GOL 6-0.

•  Late Tuesday – Girls’ – Goleman 7, Miami Beach 0: High game: Catherine Gutierrez 166. High Series: Catherine Gutierrez 471. GOL 6-0.

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