South Dade wins district


Special to The Miami Herald

First-year South Dade coach Nathaniel Hudson inherited a unit that last season lost three of its four district games en route to a 5-5 record.

After a 21-20 win at Southridge, in which South Dade bounced back from a 13-point deficit, the Buccaneers (8-1, 4-0 District 16-8A) completed a sweep of their district foes and are district champs.

“It’s unbelievable,” Hudson said. “All the time we’ve been talking about this, and the time has arrived. It’s time to rise to the occasion”

Down six in the fourth quarter, quarterback Darrell Tillman, who was subbed in for starter Brian Stewart, found C.J. Worton open over the middle for the 19-yard decisive score.

The South Dade defense would not surrender the one-point lead on either of the two ensuing Southridge drives. Linebacker Tremaine Brock intercepted Troy Cook on the Spartans’ final opportunity to finish them off.

“We understood that we had some things we needed to work on — one thing was trying to create more turnovers for ourselves,” Hudson said. “It couldn’t have come at a better moment, in championship fashion.”

On top of Brock’s interception, Antwan Cordy picked Cook off twice, and the Buccaneers had five sacks as a team.

Terry Edwards led a dominant South Dade rushing attack with 129 yards and a touchdown off 22 carries.

The Bucs now face nearby rival Homestead before diving into the playoffs.

Southridge (3-5, 1-2) is now eliminated from playoff contention, meaning Killian has clinched the District 16-8A runner-up spot.

The Spartans had a devastating injury midway through the third quarter.

Harry Davis, who earlier in the game blocked a punt and recovered a fumble, was blindsided in a collision on a kickoff.

After laying motionless on the field for 10 to 15 minutes, he was taken in an ambulance to Jackson South Hospital. Sources from Southridge say he was able to move his arms and legs and was responsive to doctors.

•  Booker T. Washington 49, Gulliver 6: The Tornados dominated the Raiders, scoring 29 points before the end of the first quarter.

Quarterback Treon Harris ran for two touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass to Nicholas Norris.

Booker T.’s defense forced four fumbles, two safeties and blocked several key punts to hold the Raiders to one touchdown.

Linebacker Akeem Jackson recovered a blocked punt and ran the ball 45 yards for a defensive touchdown.

Gulliver’s Cornelius Floyd scored the only touchdown for the Raiders.

With this win Booker T. clinched their 10th consecutive district title.


•  Southwest 43, Ferguson 12: Southwest is in control of its playoff fate after defeating district rival Ferguson.

The Eagles improved to (7-1) and are undefeated in district play.

Southwest was led by the sophomore tandem of quarterback D’under Pickett-White and running back Trevon Sands.

Pickett-White made it a double-digit lead right before the half, as he threw a 15-yard slant down the middle to Alexis Machado.

Pickett-White had 190 yards passing, 104 yards rushing, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown.

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•  Barrington 14, Champagnat 0: Barrington Falcons (2-6) shut down Champagnat (1-7) at Harris Field.

The sloppy game was dominated by penalties as the teams combined for 196 yards. .

The Falcons scored first on a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jarrell Holmes to Kevin Sheridan midway through the second quarter.

Cornerback Tyler Gasson intercepted a pass in the third quarter and returned it 48 yards to the Eagles 2-yard line.

Following a couple of negative plays, quarterback Jarrell Holmes was able to score on a 9-yard run.

The Eagles were led by Dedarius Bridges, who had 114 yards on 23 carries but sacks, penalties and interceptions were costly to various scoring opportunities the Eagles had


• District 15-4A final — Ransom d. Carrollton 24-14, 25-16, 25-18: Kathryn Trinka 17 kills, 3 aces, 2 blocks. Nikki Colonna 32 assists, 3 kills. Stephanie Bent 2 aces. Nicole Cruz 6 digs.

• District 15-8A final — Lourdes d. Ferguson 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23: Isa Vilar 10 kills, 4 blocks. Kristy del Rey 3 kills, 6 blocks. Annie Ortiz 32 assists, 5 digs.

•  District 16-3A final — Westminster Christian d. Palmer Trinity 25-20, 25-12, 25-10: Susie Forbes 18 digs. Sylvia Hernandez 14 kills, 12 digs, 6 aces. Jenny Ceballos: 17 digs, 12 kills.


• Late Thursday – District 3A final – Ransom 167.5, Reagan 77, Palmetto 55, Westminster Christian 48.5, Coral Reef 41, LaSalle 41, Carrollton 39, St. Brendan 31, Doral 15, Lourdes 12, TERRA 12, Coral Gables 7, Southwest 7: 200 Medley Relay: RAN ’A’ 1:51.72, LS ’A’ 1:57.58, Reagan ’A’ 1:59.37. 200 Free: Paez 1:54.00, Schmidinger 1:59.23, Morgan 1:59.73. 200 IM: Noya 2:11.65, Verita 2:12.78, Kalandiak 2:14.66. 50 Free: Robles 25.15, Ochoa 25.17, Tandlich 25.48. Diving: Christensen 143.85, Lubarsky 141.90, Cochran 130.20. 100 fly: Paez 56.57, Kalandiak 59.75, Tandlich 1:00.74. 100 Free: Leter 54.38, Robles 54.84, Valls 55.46. 500 Free: Noya 5:10.18, Valls 5:16.58, Gallardo 5:27.83. 100 Back: Morgan 1:02.51, Reyno-Marcano 1:02.97, Newcomb 1:03.40. 200 Free: Ran ’A’ 1:42.75, LS ’A’ 1:45.02, WC ’A’ 1:45.91. 100 Breast: Valls 1:04.97, Leter 1:05.14, Verita 1:09.89. 400 Free Relay: Ran ’A’ 3:44.97, REA ’A’ 3:49.21, Pal ’A’ 3:54.52.


• Late Thursday – District 3A final – Belen 170, Palmetto 80, Columbus 50, St. Brendan 49, Reagan 37, Sunset 26, Doral 24, Coral Gables 22, Ransom 21, Coral Reef 17, Keys Gate Charter 14, LaSalle 10, Westminster Christian 8, TERRA 4: 200 Medley Relay: Bel ’A’ 1:40.30, Columbus ’A’ 1:41.55, Pal ’A’ 1:42.01. 200 Free: Ballestas 1:40.90, Radice 1:46.81, Chait 1:50.96. 200 IM: Olano 1:57.08, Lopez 2:01.16, Marvil 2:06.93. 50 Free: Pigot 22.19, Soto 22.36, Guso 22.38. 100 fly: Denswil 52.62, Pigot 52.73, Alvarez 53.10. 100 Free: Ballestas 47.45, Soto 49.16, Guso 49.93. 500 Free: Chait 4:43.62, De Pawlikowski, 4:43.81, Manganiello 4:47.43. 200 Free Relay: Bel ’A’ 1:30.34, Pal ’A’ 1:33.56, Sun ’A’ 1:35.81. 100 Back: De Pawlikowski Bel 53.39, Alvarez Bel 54.33, Manganiello 55.01. Breast: Denswil 1:00.46, Lopez 1:00.87, Norcini 1:04.39. 400 Free: Bel ’A’ 3:18.47, Col ’A’ 3:26.64. Pal ’A’ 3:27.52.

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