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Colonels are going on the offensive

 

Special to The Miami Herald

During the past five years, if you mentioned Plantation High’s football program, defense would automatically come to mind. After all, the Colonels have produced a number of quality prospects who have gone on to enjoy collegiate and NFL success on that side of the ball.

Things could be changing for veteran coach Steve Davis and the Colonels’ program. Offensive football has finally returned to a school where record-setting quarterback Ryan Schneider and receiver Kevin Beard left a mark for years.

Coming into the season, this was a program that was picked to be in the Class 7A race along with longtime power St. Thomas Aquinas. When you have produced athletes such linebacker H.B. Blades, defensive tackle Jeff Owens, defensive back Josh Robinson and current Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazer, it is a given that defense would be your calling card, but with numbers like 197 points in the past four weeks, offense is a big part of what this 4-1 squad continues to develop.

Junior quarterback Chris Lammons is among the leaders in Broward County with six touchdown passes and no interceptions. Add to that what senior running back Jovante Ham (435 yards, eight touchdowns) and junior tight end Ravian Pierce have been able to accomplish, and this team is certainly one to watch.

Lammons is an athlete who can play just about any position on the field. His speed and decision-making abilities have given him a huge lift, accounting for more than 1,000 yards in five games.

While receivers such as junior Jewison Dawkins and senior Solomon Loud have been able to help stretch the field, the offensive line truly came together to give this team a huge lift. Seniors Brandon Robinson and Lionel Guillame have been impressive, but it has been a core of juniors who have added quality depth.

Led by 6-4, 300-pound Sean Gosier, the class of 2014 is solid up front with Rod Richardson, Zac Capron, Rafik Abada, Justin Sutton and Kevin Angomar.

IVY LEAGUE CONNECTION

While you are watching many of the former local players lining up at major colleges and universities this fall making plays on the football field, there are also an impressive group of South Floridians getting it done in the classroom and on the football field in the prestigious Ivy League.

Among the 21 players from Miami-Dade and Broward counties include: Brown: Chad Ginsburg and Gabriel Gonzalez (Pine Crest). Cornell: Max Martinez and Javier Rodriguez, (Belen Jesuit), and Evan Brovender (Pine Crest). Dartmouth: Vernon Harris (St. Thomas Aquinas), Dominick Pierre (Calvary Christian), Frankie Hernandez (Belen Jesuit) and Aaron Mondshine (Pine Crest). Harvard: Erynaldo Kirton (St. Thomas Aquinas), Dan Melow (Gulliver Prep), Denzel Paige (North Broward Prep) and Seitu Smith (Deerfield Beach). Penn: Ryan Becker (St. Thomas Aquinas), Tyler Drake (St. Thomas Aquinas) and Drew Harris (Western). Princeton: Nolan Bieck (St. Thomas Aquinas), Taylor James (University) and Max Lescano (St. Thomas Aquinas). Yale: Cole Champion (St. Thomas Aquinas) and Dylan Drake (St. Thomas Aquinas).

We are always looking to help promote local recruits for the classes of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Send a DVD and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein, P.O. Box 3181, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

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