They set them up, and Dade knocks them down.
Filled with some of the best players from around Miami-Dade County, the Dade All-Stars won 39-9 against a team of players from around Florida on Saturday night at Traz Powell Stadium in the 18th Annual Nike/Tournament of Champions All-Star game.
In previous years, Miami-Dade squared off against Broward County, but TOC Sports president Wesley Frater opened the game to players from all across the state.
Dade still showed why it is considered the state’s power center with a dominant performance.
After the game the Dade team coaching staff, which mostly comprised coaches from Class 4A champion Booker T. Washington, joked that Dade was ready for all comers.
“Maybe next year they’ll go get players from Georgia to play against Dade County,” one coach said.
Northwestern’s Darius Tice scored twice, including the first score of night — a 15-yard pass from Carol City’s Akeem Jones.
The Dade All-Stars built a 20-0 lead before Team Florida was able to respond. Cardinal Gibbons’ Ryan Giaranto nailed a 40-yard field goal as the first half came to a close.
Dade used all three of its quarterbacks, and all three produced. Jones, Southridge’s Troy Cook and Dr. Krop’s Keon Roman all led touchdown drives. The most exciting might have been Roman’s 48-yard connection with Carol City’s William French early in the fourth quarter, which put the Dade team ahead 33-3.
South Plantation’s John Franklin quarterbacked the Florida team through the first half but did the most damage as a kick returner. Franklin scored Team Florida’s only touchdown — a 103-yard kickoff return late in the fourth.