The Miami Springs Golden Hawks football team continued to roll with momentum last Friday night.
That's because Hawks routed Hialeah-Miami Lakes 42-3 at Milander Stadium for their fourth consecutive victory since their season-opening defeat against Hialeah on Aug. 30.
Miami Springs, which found itself on the weekly end of lopsided running clock scores just two short years ago, got to find out how “the other half lived” as the Hawks overcame an early 3-0 deficit to score six unanswered touchdowns by the time the third quarter had ended, prompting the running clock.
“We came out a little slow and had trouble with their Wing-T offense initially,” said Springs head coach Darryel Bethune. “But eventually we just imposed our will on them and took control of the game. They (HML) came out fired up on that first drive but we didn’t have much trouble after that.”
Didn’t have much trouble in part thanks to wide receiver/punt returner/free safety/kickoff returner Johnny Rembrick, who enjoyed a huge night for the Hawks.
Having missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, Rembrick stepped on the field like he hadn’t missed a beat as he scored three of Springs’ six touchdowns and did it three different ways.
After Springs had taken a 7-3 lead on Lakes thanks to a 32-yard Gerald Anderson-to-Keauvntra Floyd touchdown pass midway through the first quarter, Rembrick scooped up a loose fumble from his free safety position and rumbled 33 yards for a score, making it 14-3.
Not long after that, he took an HML punt and bolted 52 yards for a score to make it 21-3.
After a 24 yard Anderson-to-Franklin Barohana touchdown pass and 13-yard Malik Thomas touchdown run made it 35-3, Rembrick wrapped up the Springs scoring by reeling in a 29-yard pass from Anderson late in the third quarter. Oh, yeah, and did we mention two forced fumbles as well?
“Johnny’s performance was no surprise to me or our coaches because he would do it every day in practice,” said Bethune. “But then he tweaked his ankle a few weeks ago and that slowed him down. He was back to full speed against Lakes and it showed as he turned in quite a performance. He’s a great player and does so many different things for us.”
But Bethune, as he has for the previous three weeks, had plenty of players to brag about.
On offense were his two studs, Anderson and Thomas.
Anderson completed 9 of 16 passes for 163 yards and three touchdown passes, while Thomas ran the ball 17 times for 102 yards and the 13-yard score. Thomas now has 565 yards rushing at the season’s halfway mark, good enough for fourth place in the county.
Defensively, Bobby Stinson, Ja Ré Tolbert and Alexander Thomas led the way with six, five and four solo tackles, respectively.
Even better than the Hawks’ 4-1 record is the fact that the Lakes victory was their second straight district win and they are tied for first with American. They will now get a much-deserved week off before preparing for their next district hurdle, Goleman on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Milander.
That contest previously looked like another “chalk-up win” for the Hawks as the Gators are winless. But last week, Bethune scouted them and they led Mourning High School 19-14 late in the game before surrendering a late touchdown to lose by one point.
Bethune, with the pending showdown with American on Oct. 17 looming, wants to make sure everybody keeps focused on the task at hand.
“Goleman looked pretty good and we’ll need to keep our eye on them and not the big bear in the room,” said Bethune, referring to American.