Jackson credits win on team effort

 

Special to The Miami Herald

For the first time in 12 years, the Miami Jackson football team is one win away from earning a chance to play for a state title.

The Generals will play host to Immokalee in the Class 5A state semifinals at Traz Powell Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m. after traveling to Belle Glade on Friday and defeating Glades Central 33-24 in “The Muck.”

Jackson, which began the postseason with upsets over Plantation American Heritage and Miami Norland, looks to continue to stay hot behind quarterback Quinton Flowers.

Flowers shed off a shaky start against Glades Central to throw three touchdown passes, the third of which put the Raiders away for good with just under four minutes left. Flowers connected with Devondre Powell from 22 yards out to give the Generals a nine-point lead they would not surrender.

Earlier in the second half, Flowers tossed his most aesthetically pleasing pass when he found Desmond Phillips deep down the Jackson sideline for an 80-yard score that gave Jackson a 19-10 lead.

“It doesn’t take one player,” said Flowers, who completed 7 of 14 attempts for 180 yards. “It takes a family. We’re all a family. We came together as a team. We kept fighting. We kept pushing.”

Flowers struggled early. In a first quarter that ended with Jackson trailing 10-0, he often found himself holding on to the ball too long and staring at the Glades Central pass rush instead of keeping his eyes downfield. His first pass attempt of the night was intercepted, and his second was dropped by a Raider defender inside the Jackson 5-yard line.

But Flowers ultimately got settled in to the environment.

“I just had to get a little feeling of [the atmosphere],” said Flowers, who was playing in Effie Grear Stadium for the first time in his career. “Once we got a feeling of it, we played as a team, and we just finished.”

The Generals weren’t just scoring on offense.

With under two minutes to play in the first half and the Raiders punting deep in their own territory, Jackson dialed up a punt block and Jephthe Jean-Charles pounced on the ball in the end zone to give Jackson its first lead.

In the third quarter, Christopher Williams-Hall recovered a Glades Central fumble and took it 35 yards to pay dirt just as it appeared the Raiders were regaining momentum.

Not many would’ve predicted Jackson to make this kind of a run after it finished the regular season with three consecutive losses, but the Generals are riding the momentum of playoff victories and are focused on the ultimate goal. They’re serious about becoming state champions.

“I think we’re battle-tested coming out of Dade County,” Brown said. “To become the best you have to beat the best. … I like this opportunity.”

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Playing the slow-it-down, grind-it-out style for which coach Carla Harris-Curry is known, the Norland girls’ basketball team defeated Lourdes 47-33 at home Saturday night.

The Vikings went on a 10-0 run in the first quarter to take an early 13-4 lead and never looked back.

Southern Mississippi-bound senior Brittany Dinkins scored five of her six points in that run and assisted on another field goal.

Dinkins focused more on facilitating the offense for her teammates than being a scorer. She finished with a game-high seven assists and also led the Vikings with three steals.

“That’s what we’re trying to make her — more of a facilitator,” said Harris-Curry, who’s looking to bring the state title back to Norland after falling one game short last season. “[We want her to] control the game, control the team, control the offense and get everything set up for us.”

The Roberts sisters — Nia, the senior forward/center who earned All-Dade honors in 2011, and Kayla, her sophomore sibling — dominated the paint for the Vikings.

Both notched double-doubles against Lourdes. Nia had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Kayla had 10 and 11.

“They play off each other and they do a great job for us rebounding, and offensively Nia’s just strong; she’s just a beast,” Harris-Curry said.

Sophomore point guard Danneal Ford scored 11 points to go with three assists and two steals. Her solid play kept Norland’s lead in double-digits and kept Harris-Curry from having to play Dinkins extensive minutes.

Saturday’s matchup was one between two of the more respected girls’ basketball programs in Miami-Dade County. Norland won three consecutive state championships before dropping last season’s title game, and Lourdes was a regional finalist in 2011.

Lourdes’ Tiffany Suarez led all scorers with 15 points in defeat.

Norland 47, Lourdes 33 — NOR (5-0): Dinkins 6, N. Roberts 12, Ford 11, Lovett 6, K. Roberts 10, Williams 2. LOU (4-1): Suarez 15, Nunez 2, Minervino 3, Farinas 2, Palmer 7, Jordan 4. Halftime: NOR 29-17. Three-pointers: Dinkins, K. Roberts. Rebounds: N. Roberts, K. Roberts 11. Assists: Dinkins 7. Steals: Dinkins 3. Blocks: N. Roberts.

MORE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

American 73, North Miami 19 - AME (4-2): Bradshaw 21, Jones 16, David 14, Smith 11, Vargas 4, J. Williams 2, Riley 2, Arellano 2, D. Williams. NM: Smith 4, Dorismond 3, Dominique 2, Carry 2, Anestin 2, Cine. Halftime AME 55-9. Three-pointers David 4, Bradshaw, Vargas. Rebounds: Smith 8. Assists: Jones 9. Steals: Jones 7

Late Friday — Palmer Trinity 72, Westminster Christian 15 - WC (3-2): Clausell 1, Poveda 6, Crotty 3, Victorero 2, Melendez 3. PT (6-1): Gonzalez 2, Arriaga 3, James 18, Smith 7, Forristall 6, Hebb 3, Granada 15, Parten 4, A. Baiamonte 2, Pino 10, Waldman 2. Halftime: PT 56-10. Three pointers: Arriaga, Smith, Melendez, Pino 2, James 3. Rebounds: Quintero, James 7. Assists: Granada 7. Steals: Gonzalez, Smith 3.

Late Thursday — Hebrew Academy 55, Mater East 48 – HEB (5-0): Gordon 34, Weiss 3, Dobin 12, Moyal 2, Kahn 4. ME: Richard 14, Zherg 17, Chiwas 6, Camacho 7, Garcia 4. Halftime: HEB 28-17. Rebounds: Gordon 18, Kahn 12. Assists: Gordon 4

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Westwood Christian 51, Summit Christian 46 - WWC (3-1): Shoon 13, Joseph 13, Ramis 12, Conceicao 14. Halftime 28-28. Rebounds: Conceicao 15. Assists: Gonzalez 5. Steals: Jou, Joseph 3. Blocks: Conceicao 3. Three-pointers: Ramis, Joseph 2.

Late Friday — Miami Country Day 76, Mast Academy 25 - MCD (3-1): Clements 3, Cordero 6, Parizo 23, Woodside 12, Alvarez 3, Sherwood 9, Zimmer 5, Kappos 5, Kydd 4, Jones 4, Thixton 2. MA: Roman 5, Zarate 4, Martinez 3, Hiller 3, Carvalio 3, Pochi 2, Bruck 3, Seyer 3. Three-pointers: Clements, Parizo 3, Alvarez, Sherwood, Roman, Martinez, Hiller, Carvalio. Rebounds: Cordero 6, Sherwood 6. Assists: Alvarez 5. Steals: Parizo 6.

Late Friday — Ronald Reagan 56, Southwest 48 – RR: Allrich 15, Dacunha 29, Pena, Prado 2, Sarmiento 9. SW: Dominguez, Acosta 4, Borneman 4, Aloma 10, Noda 18, Garcia 9, Martinez 2. Three-pointers: Dacunha 2, Sarmiento, Noda, Garcia. Rebounds: Dacunha 9. Assists: Dacunha 4. Steals: Prado 3

Late Friday — Archbishop Carroll 80, Westland 45 - AC (5-0): Brimah 18, Garcia 14, Leon 14, Lima 13, Brown 6, Cohen 6, Levitt 5, Fernandez 2, Gabuardi 2. WEST: Chirino 20, Cannedo 8, Gonzalez 7, Hernandez 6, Miguez 2, Lopez 2. Halftime: AC 36-18. Three-pointers: Leon 4, Lima 3, Garcia 2, Levitt, Chirino 3, Cannedo 2. Rebounds: Brimah 11. Assists: Lima 9. Blocks: Brimah 10. Steals: Garcia 2, Gabuardi 2

Late Wednesday — Miami Country Day 56, Palmer Trinity 38 - MCD (2-1): Clements 8, Cordero 2, Parizo 13, Woodside 8, Zimmer 11, Gomez 2, Kydd 12. PT: Dagrosa 6, Chumbley 1, Becker 10, Dorsey 9, Minto 12. Halftime: MCD 32-17. Rebounds: Zimmer 9. Assists: Clements 3, Alvarez 3. Steals: Woodside 4

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Southwest 7, Homestead 1: Vanessa Plasencia 2 goals, assist. Daniela Tenjido 2 goals, 2 assists. Stephanie Doimeadios goal, assist.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Late Friday — Miami Beach 6, Hialeah Gardens 0: Tomas Moffatt 2 goals. Christian Sanchez goal, assist. Anthony Garcia goal. Aaron Defreitas goal. Alejandro Diaz goal. MB 5-1-2

WRESTLING

Coral Gables 47, Ransom 18: 132 Frank Rvero pin 1:10. 138 Daniel Tobares pin 1:35. 170 Junior Rizzo pin 3:05.

Coral Gables 43, Jackson 18: 132 Frank Rivero pin 1:04. 138 Daniel Tobares pin 1:22. 160 Issac Gomez pin 1:00.

Coral Gables 66, Palmer Trinity 0: 120 Christopher Camarillo pin 1:09. 132 Frank Rivero pin 1:12.

Coral Gables 50 Florida Christian 12: 120 Christopher Camarillo pin. 132 Frank Rivero pin 1:24. CG 4-1

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