Friday night’s “Battle of Lucy Street” was quite a bit more than just a playoff tune-up for the South Dade Buccaneers.
On the 30th-year anniversary of one of Miami-Dade County’s top annual rivalries, the Bucs defeated the Homestead Broncos 10-0 before about 2,000 fans at Harris Field.
The City of Homestead is also celebrating its 100th year anniversary, making Friday’s game even more special to those in the community.
South Dade had a 3-0 lead on freshman Julian Garcia’s 31-yard field goal in the third quarter. Devontay Keaton’s 45-yard punt return on the first play of the fourth quarter broke the game open.
“I saw an opportunity,” Keaton said of his play. “My coaches told me that if it bounces, run it. I went to the left, first miss, and I knew I was gone.”
The win did come with some apparent bad news for the Bucs. They lost Leroy Wilson, their leading rusher, to a leg injury in the first half. He will have an MRI, and his status for the playoffs is uncertain.
Bucs quarterback Brian Stewart also limped off the field but returned to action.
Despite Friday’s result, Homestead still leads the series 18-12. But the Bucs have been catching up a bit after losing the first 10 games to their rivals.
South Dade (9-1) will start its playoffs with a Class 8A regional quarterfinal against Varela. The game is set for Friday night at Harris Field.
Homestead (6-4), which knew coming in that this would be its final game of its season, was hurt by 130 yards in penalties. The Broncos also suffered three interceptions while passing for just 34 yards.
Doyle Grimes got the last interception to seal the game, and he also recovered a teammate’s fumble earlier in the second half. The other interceptions were caught by Willie Cortes and Derek Nottage as the Bucs earned a shutout.
The scoreless first half did feature one big play: an interception by Homestead’s Jason Bodie. He zig-zagged his way 100 yards for an apparent touchdown on the return, but a block below the waist wiped out the score.
The play started with just 43 seconds left in the half, when South Dade faced a third-and-eight from the Homestead 9. Quarterback Darryl Tillman tried to connect on a slant, but Bodie stepped in front of the route, killing the Bucs’ drive.
• Carol City 26, American 7: The Chiefs (7-3) end their season on a win after defeating rival American High (7-3) at Milander Park.
“Unfortunately we didn’t get the breaks this year that we were looking for,” Carol City coach Harold Barnwell said. “The seniors provided great leadership but we got to keep the momentum for next year.”
The Chiefs lost to the Northwestern on Monday in a division tiebreaker diminishing their playoffs chances.
On the second play of the game, Chiefs quarterback Diquan Johnson (67 passing, 116 rushing) broke through the Patriots defense and ran 54 yards to set himself up for a QB sneak to score his teams first touchdown.
• Booker T. 35, Southridge 6: Treon Harris passed for 181 yards and two scores, all in the first half, and Booker T. Washington finished a 9-1, 4-0 regular season with the win at Southridge (3-7, 1-4).
The Tornadoes will take on North Broward Prep in the first round of the playoffs next week.
“I like the way the first half went, but we’re really going to go take a look and analyze the last 24 minutes,” said Booker T. coach Tim “Ice” Harris, whose Tornadoes only managed one score in the second half.