Cypress Bay football coach Mark Guandolo will decide sometime this week whether or not to accept the head coaching job at Orlando Edgewater.
Guandolo, who led the Lightning to the Class 8A state championship game last month, met with the principal and athletic director at Edgewater on Friday, but did not accept the job.
“A decision to stay at Cypress or accept a new position will be made this week,” Guandolo told The Miami Herald in a text message. “This is a difficult decision for my family and I. At this time I have no idea what that decision will be, and I will let everyone know what is going on as soon as I know. Thank you so much.”
Guandolo began his coaching career in South Florida in 1987 and has 240 wins, 71 losses and two state titles as a head coach at Monsignor Pace, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, Miramar, Miami Southridge and now Cypress Bay. He has led five teams to the finals and became the first coach in the state’s history to lead three different programs to the finals last month (Southridge in 1999; Chaminade in 2002, ’03, ’05; Cypress Bay 2012).
Cypress Bay lost a heartbreaker in the final to Apopka 53-50.
The 54-year-old coach has a connection to Edgewater athletic director Valerie Miyares, who coached softball and worked as an assistant athletic director at Chaminade-Madonna. Miyares’ boss at Chaminade was Guandolo.
For the second year in a row, the Private and Public All-Stars put on a classic as once again things came down the final possession.
And once again, it was the Private All-Stars that came through with a one point victory.
With the Public Stars on the outskirts of field-goal range at the Private 26 and just 30 seconds left, American Heritage Delray’s Kajuan Pete picked of a pass from North Miami’s James Volcy to preserve a 28-27 victory in the Fourth Annual Tru-Sports Foundation Public vs. Private All-Star game on Saturday night at Monsignor Pace High School.
With a no-time-left field goal to win by one a year ago, the Privates now lead the Public team 3-1 in the series.
Trailing 28-13 entering the fourth quarter, things looked bleak for the Public stars. But when Public quarterback Brandon Diaz of Miami Central scored his second touchdown of the night and ran in the subsequent two point conversion with 12 minutes left, the Public squad was within seven at 28-21.
The Private team then drove the length of the field before Booker T. Washington cornerback Tyrell Everett made the biggest defensive play of the night when, with the Private team about to go in for the putaway touchdown, he picked off Private quarterback Isaac Soza of Calvary Christian and bolted 96 yards for a touchdown with nine minutes left. But a bad snap on the extra point prevented the game-tying PAT to keep it at 28-27.
Two state championship players wound up being the MVPs of the game.
Diaz, who started the season playing quarterback for Central before eventually being moved to tight end and linebacker, returned to his familiar quarterback position and wound up as the game’s offensive MVP. He completed 10 of 13 passes for 177 yards, rushed for another 30 yards and scored two touchdowns along with the two-point conversion.
St. Thomas Aquanis defensive end Matt Brewer dominated all night for the Private team as he recorded 14 tackles and one key sack on the Public’s last ditch drive.
Darrion Allen might be the least known of Blanche Ely’s four-guard star lineup, but he made sure Deerfield Beach will remember him for some time to come.
In front of an overflow crowd that came out to see two No. 1 teams square off at Blanche Ely, Allen’s game-high 27 points helped the reigning Class 7A state champion Tigers storm back from a 15-5 first-quarter deficit and beat Deerfield Beach, ranked No. 1 in 8A, 72-60.
“Darrion showed his senior leadership,” Tigers coach Melvin Randall said. “He was on fire. He came out of his shell and really sparked the team. Defensively as well as offensively.”
Allen was a highlight reel onto himself, pouring in 11 second-quarter points to help the Tigers (15-1) dig itself out of a 20-11 first-quarter deficit.
Deerfield forward Marcus Owen owned the spotlight with 10 of his 18 points in the first quarter before Allen came alive.
Allen started his surge with back-to-back three-pointers that cut the lead to 25-22 with 4:31 left in the second quarter that swung the momentum to Ely, which drew within 32-31 at the half.
Allen picked right up where he left off before intermission pouring in 16 points in the pivotal third quarter to help Ely build a 54-42 lead they would not relinqish.
Allen capped the spurt with his third three-pointer with 58 seconds left in the third quarter.
Khalil Thomas dominated inside for the Tigers and finished with 18 points. Richard Lee added nine points.
• Blanche Ely 72, Deerfield Beach 60 - DB (21-3): Carpenter 16, J. Wil.iams 2, Jenkins 7, Owens 18, Huntley 4, T. Johnson 13. BE (15-1): D. Allen 27, Lee 9, Tejada 5, Gossier 4, K. Thomas 18, Cameron 5, Labadi 2, Halftime: DB 32-31. Three-pointers: Allen 5, Jenkins 1, Owens 3, T. Johnson 1, Lee 2.
• Cooper City 57.0, Dillard 21.0: 106: William Hill (CC) pin Correy Lovette (DIL) 2:30. 113: Jorge Clero (CC) forf. 120: Scott Simmons (CC) forf. 126: Shawn Green (CC) forf. 132: Bryan Lorenzana (CC) forf. 138: Patrick O`Dea (CC) forf. 145: Eric Perez (CC) forf. 152: Barry Jones (CC) forf. 160: Marcus Latimer (DIL) pin Donavan Lovins (CC) 4:15. 170: Kerry Curran (CC) pin Bruce Geddis (DIL) 3:00. 182: Tyler Cespedes (DIL) pin Joe Turk (CC) 3:15. 195: Steven Wilson (DIL) dec. Jordan Sanchez (CC) 7-6. 220: Josef Macugoski (CC) dec. Denzel Thompson (DIL) 6-3. 285: Kohlenz Prerilma (DIL) pin Alex Guzman (CC) 4:10.
• Coral Springs Duals Day 2: Coral Springs 63, St. Andrews 12; Douglas 57, McArthur 22; Everglades 66, Ely 18; Coral Glades 35, Fort Lauderdale 30; Taravella 36, Chaminade 30; Coral Springs 72, Dillard 12; Everglades 78, Fort Lauderdale 0; Coral Glades 56, Chaminade 13; Cooper City 71, McArthur 6; Douglas 42, Monarch 19; Coral Springs 44 Cooper City 28; Fort Lauderdale 42, Monarch 36; Coral Glades 38, Ely 33; Everglades 72, Taravella 12; McArthur 54, Dillard 24; Everglades 55, Douglas 21; McArthur 60 St. Andrews 21; Monarch 47 Chaminade 23; Ely 36, Fort Lauderdale 34; Taravella 30, Dillard 24; Fort Lauderdale 48, Dillard 24; Cooper City 51, Ely 30; Coral Glades 63, Taravella 10; Douglas 63, St. Andrews 17; Coral Springs 57, Monarch 20; Coral Glades 50, McArthur 24; St. Andrews 30, Taravella 28; Cooper City 73, Chaminade 3; Ely 45, St. Andrews 30; Dillard 36, Chaminade 24. 3rd Place Match: Douglas 45, Cooper City 29. Championship Match: Coral Springs 38, Everglades 32. 106: London (CS) pin Lufty 0:36. 113: Leira (ELY) pin Stephens 0:29. 120: S. Nogradi (ELY) d. J. Atehortua 17-1. 126: Herazo (CS) d. Romero 8-0. 132: Reynolds (CS) d. N. Nogradi 12-4. 138: Tenner (ELY) pin Ramirez 0:20. Belancourt (CS) pin Felder 1:30. 152: Bretas (CS) d. Vulcain 13-12. 160: Prudhomme (ELY) by forfeit. 170: Bruden (ELY) d. Mejias 12-7. 182: Poole (CS) pin Briggs 2:52. 195: Anderson (CS) d. Jones 3-0. 220: Wade (CS) pin Greer 0:50. 285: Mendes (ELY) pin Corvil 0:53.
• District 14-3A Duals at Goleman: North Miami Beach 6-0, American 5-1, North Miami 4-2, Krop 4-2, Goleman 1-5, Ronald Reagan 1-5, Hialeah Gardens 1-5. 106: Jacoby Jones (NM) 6-0. 113: Marcus Martinez (NMB) 6-0. 120: Ricardo Renduelez (GOL) 5-0. 126: David Hurtado (AME) 6-0. 132: Lerch Oremar (NMB) 6-0. 138: Daniel Marcelin (NM) 6-0. 145: Carlos Gerelus (NM) 5-0. 152: Ritchie Guillaume (NMB) 6-0. 160: Marvyns Joseph (NMB) 6-0. 170: Courtney Stubbs (NMB) 6-0. 182: Abel Lopez-Rigos (HG) 5-1. 195: Tirso Batista (NMB) 6-0. 220: Maxi Louis-Jean (NMB) 5-1. 285: Daniel Leon (NMB) 6-0