Roundup

‘Little guys’ spark Tornadoes

 

Last week’s best performances

Teams of the week

The Booker T. Washington football team secured its second consecutive trip to state with a dominant 41-13 road win at Cocoa in a Class 4A state semifinal. Treon Harris ran for 135 yards and a touchdown and completed 12 of 19 attempts for 149 yards and three touchdowns.

The Dade Christian football team clinched its first trip to the state finals in its 51-year existence as a school by defeating Naples First Baptist 27-13 in a Class 2A state semifinal. Gary Sampson led the Crusaders, running for 137 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown and going 6 for 6 passing for 137 yards and a touchdown pass.

Athletes of the week

Lorenzo Woodley, Columbus, football: Woodley ran for 123 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the Explorers to a 36-19 victory against Killian in the Region 4-8A final.

Joseph Yearby, Central, football: Yearby ran for 123 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown to lead a balanced effort by the Rockets in a 38-2 Region 4-6A final win against Melbourne Palm Bay.

Devondre Powell, Jackson, football: Powell caught two big touchdown passes from Quinton Flowers to lead the Generals to a 33-24 victory against Belle Glade Glades Central in the Region 4-5A final.

Luis Dacunha, Reagan, boys’ basketball: Dacunha led the Bison to wins against Miami Beach and Southwest, averaging 26.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists.

Nia Roberts and Kayla Roberts, Norland, girls’ basketball: The sister duo combined for 22 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Vikings to a win against Lourdes.

Frank Rivero, Coral Gables, wrestling: Rivero secured pins in four wins against Ransom, Jackson, Palmer Trinity and Florida Christian.

Alejandro Martinez-Oletta, Palmer Trinity, boys’ soccer: Martinez-Oletta scored two goals to lead the Falcons to a 2-0 win against Westminster Christian.

Danielle Pena, La Salle, girls’ soccer: Pena scored both goals in a 2-1 win against MAST Academy.

Andre C. Fernandez


mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

This summer they were known as “The Greatest Show on Turf.’’

Led by quarterback Treon Harris, Booker T. Washington’s 7-on-7 flag football team went 58-2, won a $10,000 prize for capturing the Battle of the Beach crown in New Smyrna Beach, then claimed the national title by cruising to victory in a tournament sponsored by the NFL in Indianapolis.

This high-scoring squad of teenagers from Overtown is now on the doorstep of winning another title — this one with pads on. The Tornadoes (12-1) will play in the Class 4A state championship game against Jacksonville Bolles (12-1) Saturday night at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

And the same collection of mighty mite receivers who helped lead Booker T. to glory this summer are once again a big reason why the Tornadoes have earned a championship rematch.

“I call them the little guys,’’ said Tornadoes offensive coordinator Tim Harris Jr., whose high-powered spread option attack has averaged 50.8 points and rung up 71 and 68 points two times each this season.

“Our philosophy is just create mismatches with the defense. A lot of defenses are scared of Treon running the ball so much they don’t take a lot of guys out of the box because they want to keep him bottled up. So that makes it easier for him to throw a little spot pass and the guys we’ve got out there are great.’’

The receivers don’t have a clear-cut leader in terms of statistics — Harris and his father and coach Tim “Ice’’ Harris like it that way because it’s hard to key on anyone. But they do have a vocal leader: senior Nicholas Norris (5-9, 150), who despite posting times of 4.39 and 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash in camps this summer is still looking for his first scholarship offer.

“He’s usually the guy we trust in tough situations," said Harris Jr. of Norris, who has 31 catches for 644 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

The other receivers? Juniors Lamar Parker (5-9, 165), Deltron Hopkins (5-7, 145), Terrawn McPhee (5-6, 130) and senior Karim Bryant (5-11, 175). Or, as their quarterback refers to them: Marty, D-Hop, Waffle and Bow Tie. Norris’ nickname is Cheebo.

“They’re all great receivers," said Harris, who has thrown for 2,461 yards, 33 touchdowns and 6 interceptions and has run for 747 yards and 13 scores this season.

Parker, the only receiver with scholarship offers (Texas A&M, West Virginia, Marshall), has 37 catches for 537 yards and five touchdowns. Harris, who played with many of those same receivers at Overtown Optimist’s national championship team in 2010, said playing on the 7-on-7 circuit this summer is a big reason why the Tornadoes offense has improved.

Harris Jr., Treon’s older brother, said what the Tornadoes learned this summer is probably why they’re ready now to win a championship — and why they weren’t a year ago.

“So many of those guys were so young last season coming straight from Pop Warner, we didn’t have the confidence to put the game in their hands this time of season,’’ Harris Jr. said. “This year we’ve been able to have more of a balanced attack. That’s helped us become more dangerous.’’

Norris and Harris said they hope that explosiveness will lead to a title on Saturday. Last season, the Tornadoes blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost to Bolles. The offense produced just 25 points.

This season, the Tornadoes have scored fewer than 35 points only once this season. It was a 37-26 loss to Miami Central.

“The biggest lesson we learned is we have to finish,’’ said Harris, who has offers from Miami, Florida State, FIU, Ole Miss, Illinois, UCF and USF. “The only way you do that is keep scoring.’’

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

• Edison 56, Mourning 35 – ED (5-0): Dervil 18, Thelon 14, King 7, Labady 7, Jacques 4, Oristil 3. St. Felix 3. ATM: Carson 12, Raymond 8, Salazar 7, Fearson 3, Souffrant 2, Delva 2, Arzanov 1. Halftime: ED 30-10. Three-pointers: Labady, St. Felix. Rebounds: Grimes 14. Assists: Dervil 5. Steals: Labady 8. Blocks: Grimes 6.

• Westminster Christian 65, Dade Christian 42 – WC: Miller 16, Raine 12, Ed. Cutillas 3, El. Cutillas 9, Maldonaldo 3, Irvin 4, McLean 12,Potter 2, Barbato 4. DC: Jocarras 4, Montarrogos 6, Ferguson 17, Atevllok 11, Monroe 2, Foules 2. Halftime: WC 36-18. Three-pointers: Raine 2, Ed. Cutillas, McLean. Rebounds: Barbato, El. Cutillas 3. Assists: Miller 6. Steals: McLean 7.

• Archbishop Curley 66, MAST Academy 22 – CUR (3-1): Lemonior 11, Dorvil 6, Llerendi 5, Brown 28, Esquillan 13, Maurice 2, Fritz 3. MAST: Zarale 9, Heffernan 4, Martinez 5, Morales 2, Gutierrez 2. Halftime: CUR 33-18. Three-pointers: Lemonior, Esquillan 3, Fritz, Zarale 2, Heffernan, Martinez. Rebounds: Brown 17. Assists: Esquillan 4. Steals: Lemonior, Esquillan 3. Blocks: Brown 5.

• Westwood Christian 63, Pinecrest Prep 28 – WWC (4-1): Conceicao 14, Mortensen 4, Joseph 14, Jou 8, Chiriboga 2, Molina 10, JMolina 4, Diaz 2. Rebounds: Conceicao 11. Steals: Joseph 3. Blocks: Joseph 3. Assists: Jou 5.

• Mater Lakes 43, Sheridan Hills 41 – ML (2-1): Lamelas 11 points, 15 rebounds, 8 blocks. Ortiz 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals. Martinez 4 points, 8 rebounds.

• Late Friday – Gulliver 77, Miami Christian 48 – GP(3-1): Comras 2, Chasin 7, Paniz 2, Beattie 5, Ralat 19, Carreras 2, Lafuente 24, Thomas 9, Kadji 5, Grimwade 2. MC(4-1): Ramirez 4, Penale 2, Campos 14, Velasquez 1, Castellano 5, Beckelheimer 8, Rosario 14. Halftime: GUL 46-26. Three-pointers: Lafuente 6, Chasin, Beattie, Kadji, Campos, Castellano, Beckelheimer 2, Rosario 2. Assists: Chasin 4. Rebounds: Grimwade 5. Steals: Ralat 3.

• Late Friday – Belen 50, Homestead 35 – BEL (4-3): Iparraguirre 3, Perez 4, Alvarez 10, Medina 2, Fernandez, M. 6, Fernandez 1, Diaz-Silviera 3, Pujals 4, Couto 14. HOM (0-3): Harrigan 16, Sanon 10, Tillman 4, Geffard 2, Ferdinand 3. Three pointers: Alvarez 2, Diaz-silviera, Couto 4, Herrigan 3, Tillman, Ferdinand. Steals: Couto 3. Rebounds: Iparraguirre 8. Assists: Alvarez 3.

• Late Thursday – Hebrew Academy 59, Mater East 55 – HEB (4-1): Abramowitz 20, Schechter 18, Esformes 13, Meyerson 4, Masin 2, Moyal 2. ME: Larkin 16, Blanco 10, Richardson 9, Garcia 8, Delacruz 7, Betancourt 5. Three-pointers: Larkin 4, Esformes 2, Meyerson. Rebounds: Abramowitz 8. Assists: Schechter 9. Steals: Esformes 4.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

• South Miami 63, Booker T. 2 – SM (8-1): Brown 14, Cummings 13, Gil 4, Puertas 5, M. Ayerdis 2, K.D. Brown 8, King 1, C. Ayerdis 8, Evans 10. BTW: Leite 2. Halftime: SM 41-2. Rebounds: Brown 12. Steals: M. Ayerdis 5. Assists: Valdes 3.

• American 58, Miami Beach 38 – AM (5-2): Jones 19, Bradshaw 19, Smith 12, David 6, Vargas 2. MB: Henry 12, Roque 12, Morgan 9, Pardo 3, Hopkins 2. Halftime: AM 32-15. Three-pointers: Bradshaw 4, Jones, Henry 2, Roque, Pardo. Rebounds: Smith 20. Assists: Jones 4. Steals: Bradshaw 5.

• Palmer Trinity 54, University School 13 – PT (7-1): Gonzalez 2, Arriaga 2, James 9, Smith 4, I. Baiamonte 5, Forristall 2, Hebb 7, Granada 8, Parten 4, A. Baiamonte 4, Pino 3, Waldman 4. US (2-2): Chin 2, Kruss 2, Greenfield 11. Halftime: PT 35-7. Three-pointers: Greenfield 3, James, Pino. Rebounds: Gonzalez 5. Assists: Granada, Smith 3. Steals: James 3.

• Mater Academy 53, Westland 22 – MA: Acosta 11, Lorenzo 11, Pena 7, Hernandez 6, Sandoval 6, Dalmau 4, Diaz 4, Abreu 4. WES: Hatem 13, Medina 5, Urbita 2, Rodriguez 2. Halftime: MA 24-13. Rebounds: Pena 6. Assists: Acosta 5. Steals: Dalmau 4.

• Doral Academy 58, Carrollton 10 – DA: Neres 19, Machado 17, Rivero 9, Gonzalez 7, Grafals 6. CAR: McDonnell 3, Ingram 2, Fernandez 2, Haubold 2, Kortgan 1. Three-pointers: V. Machado 3, A. McDonnell.

• Hialeah Educational Academy 36, Doctors Charter 32 – HEA (2-2): Zamora 3, Williams 25, Collazo 2, Sanchez 6. DOC: Lamar 4, R. Exalan 6, Merilus 9, K. Exalan 10, Junelle 3. Halftime: DOC 17-16.

• Miami Springs 35, Hialeah Gardens 19 – MS: Zapata 5, Williams 3, Padrino 9, McKenney 12, Wood, T. 6. Rebounds: Padrino 11. Steals: Williams 4. Assists: McKenney 5. Blocks: Padrino 3.

• Late Saturday – Gulliver 36, Florida Christian 25 – GUL (5-0): Westbrooks 11, M. Pyatt 4, Wirshing 6, Nixon 11, J. Pyatt 4. FC: Prinz 2, Martinez 4, Jimenez 14, Wright 2, Jim 3. Rebounds: M. Pyatt 8. Steals: Westbooks 3. Assists: Wirshing 5. Three-pointers: Jimenez, Martinez, Wirshing 2, Nixon 2.

• Late Friday – Miami High 58, Reagan 22 – MH: Mendoza 13, Pierre 4, Sweeting 2, Johnson 5, Smith 7, Kimbrough 2, Guerrero 13, Mompremier 12. RR: Nubio 2, Calderon 4, Arias 7, Cruz 4, Castro 2, Montoya 3. Halftime: MH 19-7. Three-pointers: Montoya. Assists: Mendoza 6. Steals: Johnson 7. Rebounds: Mompremier 7. Blocks: Mompremier 3.

• Late Friday – Ransom Everglades 42, LaSalle 33 – RE: Crotty 4, Lopez 5, Smith 2, Oppenheim 3, Deutch 22, Hallman 4, Sheppard 2. LAS: Moye 5, Lopez 3, Echevarria 3, Tilman 12, la Madriz 1, Perez 2, Berry 7. Halftime: RE 23-13. Three Pointers: Deutch 4, C. Lopez, Tilman. Rebounds: Hallman 11. Assists: Deutch 6. Steals: Hallman 7.

BOYS’ SOCCER

• Hillel 4, Miami Country Day 1: For HIL: Albert Dichy 2 goals. Nathan Redensky goal. Julian Ribak goal. For MCD: Cameron Ivroy goal. HIL 7-0. MCD 8-1-2.

• Hialeah-Miami Lakes 4, Central 0: Arnold Medina 2 goals. Leo Cordero goal. Raul Barrios goal. Danny Hardegree 8 saves, shutout.

• La Salle 8, Westwood Christian 0: Manuel Maceda goal, assist. Fede Torres-Garcia goal, assist. Nico Bared goal, assist. LAS 3-2-1.

• Doral Academy 4, Westminster Christian 1: Pedro Sala 2 goals. Giancarlo Rodriguez goal. Lucca Barbaris goal. DA 4-2-3.

• Chaminade 3, Coral Springs Chrtr. 3: Callahan 3 goals. Palmer 2 assists.

• Late Friday – Varela 4, Coral Reef 0: Jake Tosta 2 goals. Kevin Pizzolo 2 assists.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

• Lourdes 3, Ferguson 0: Bailey Plummer goal. Sheridan Plummer goal. Christine Hoynack goal. LOU 9-1.

• La Salle 9, Westwood Christian 1: Danielle Peña 4 goals. Nicole Baldassini 3 goals. Karina Tremols goal, 2 assists. LAS 7-0-2.

• Miami Springs 8, Westland 0: Jenecil Villar 2 goals, assist. Odailys Matos 2 goals. Alyssa Deno 2 goals. MS 9-1-3.

• Mater Academy 3, MAST Academy 1: Julissa Benitez 2 goals. Arianna Lopez goal. Elexus Martin 2 assists. MA 15-1.

• Coral Gables 7, Coral Park, 1: Nelly Sagarra 3 goals. Hadley Stringer 2 goals. Marianna Babboni 2 goals, assist. CG 10-2.

• Palmetto 8, Southridge 0: Francesca Stein goal, 2 assists. Sophia Paz goal, 2 assists. Taryn D’Adesky 3 goals. PAL 6-1.

• Killian 4, Varela 1: Amanda Perez goal, assist. Stephanie Galindo 2 goals. KIL 6-5.

• Goleman 9, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 1: Kaley Huguet 2 goals, 2 assists. Lucia Cuervo 2 goals, assist. Melissa Brito 2 goals, assist. GOL 5-6-2.

• South Miami 2, Edison 0: Madison Askew goal. Alina Carmona goal. SM 5-5-1.

• Hillel 0, Miami Country Day 0: Denisse Gampel (HIL) 12 saves, shutout. HIL 3-2-1.

• Late Friday – Goleman 1, Chaminade 1: Lucia Cuervo (GOL) goal. Kaley Huguet (GOL) assist. GOL 4-6-2.

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