Steve Davis returned to the Plantation football sidelines with visions of yesteryear in mind.
His second stint as the Colonels coach after a year off to refresh only recycled the memory of 15 years ago.
In 2002, he guided Blanche Ely High to a state championship and had four highly recruited players sign with the University of Miami.
Tyrone Moss, Andrew Bain, Cyrim Wimbs and Teraz McCray became a Broward rarity of four players signing with the Canes in the same recruiting year.
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Davis had a hopeful grin at the idea of reliving those memories at his current school.
He was smiling after Plantation’s 36-21 victory over West Broward in the season opener for both teams at PAL Field on Monday.
Kyle Walters rushed for 125 yards on 13 carries and four touchdowns to lead the Colonels (1-0). Tyrik Bellamy added 165 yards on 13 carries.
“It was very satisfying seeing all four going to Miami because they were good kids and great football players,” Davis said. “In 2002, that was a once in a lifetime opportunity to coach those kids.”
Former Plantation cornerback Brandon McGee went onto UM to have a great career there from 2009-12. He’s the only former Colonel under Davis to play for the Canes.
“Kids that go to the University of Miami are born with that talent,” said Davis, who is in his 12th season at Plantation. “We can develop kids up to that point, but they have to have that DNA. We will get kids like that, but they will have to come up through the pipeline.”
TJ Butler scored the go-ahead touchdown for Plantation on a 76-yard fumble return with 3:42 to play.
West Broward (0-1) was led by Eric Hoff, who rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Devin Broughton added 102 yards and two touchdowns.
▪ Cypress Bay 24, Cooper City 17: With the score tied at 17 and two minutes left to play, Devin Singer’s 16-yard run turned out to be the game-winning touchdown as host Cypress Bay knocked off Cooper City in the season opener for both teams.
Receiver Ricardo Malcolm led the way for the Lightning’s offense with four catches for 100 yards.
Saturday - Palmetto 50, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: The Panthers (1-0) ran for 222 yards overall led by Jordan Donaldson’s 64 yards and two touchdowns. Cairiq Rackley threw three touchdown passes. Eddie Williams had a safety on defense as Palmetto held the Trojans (0-1) to negative total yards.
Saturday - North Miami Beach 33, Killian 6: Jaquan Ham ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries to lead the Chargers (1-0). Kelly Loiseau had 11 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown. Wendel Morrison completed 8 of 10 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Ernest Labissiere caught four passes for 99 yards and a touchdown and Roodly Pierrelus caught three passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Stenly Joseph had an interception.
Saturday - (Pembroke Pines) Somerset Academy 40, (West Palm Beach) Berean Christian 6: Sophomore quarterback Ryle Aguila was 12 for 27 passing for 238 yards and three touchdowns to Tyler Foster who finished with five receptions for 120 yards. Aguila also ran for 40 yards on seven attempts and scored on a 3-yard run. Zamar Miller added an 8-yard touchdown run, and Aarmando McGee returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. Vashon Bailey and Joey Lancia led the Panthers defense with eight tackles each, and Ahmad Fitchet, who had 13 carries for a team high 75 yards, had an interception.
Friday - Hialeah Gardens 26, Westland Hialeah 8: Hialeah Gardens, under new coach Greg Magner (formerly of Archbishop Curley), handed the Wildcats their 35th consecutive loss, 11 shy of the state-record set by Tampa Leto in 2014 and the longest run of defeats any high school football team in Miami-Dade has endured. Christian Delcorro ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and Christian Fernandez had 101 yards on eight carries including a 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Friday - Miami Sunset 14, Ferguson 6: Jamahl Horne had five carries for 81 yards and a touchdown, and Richard Baxter ran six times for 29 yards and a score. Rayshawn Williams added nine rushes for 68 yards.
Friday - Monsignor Pace 15, Boyd Anderson 0: The Spartans (1-0) racked up more than 200 yards on the ground with Tyrone Douglas gaining 140 yards on 15 carries. Douglas also scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter to give Pace a 6-0 lead. The score was set up by a diving interception by freshman James Williams at the Cobras 1-yard line.
Friday - Norland 43, Piper 0: Alec Carr was 8 of 12 passing for 247 yards and threw three touchdowns (covering five yards to Terrence Evans, 12 yards to Blake Veargis, 70 yards to Craig Cooper). Evans also had eight rushes for 105 yards and scored on a 3-yatrd run. Jamarie Harrison added a touchdown on a 65-yard kick return.
Friday - Everglades 20, Hallandale 6: The defense for the Gators (1-0) was strong. DL Tommy Govan had three solo tackles, three sacks and a assist, and .DBs Jalen Tanelus and Kendrick Edmund each had an interception. On offense, quarterback Shawn Jean was 4 of 11 for 45 yards and ran the ball 14 times for 78 yards and a touchdown. RB Jakyus Johnson also scored.
Friday - Palm Glades Prep 50, Pinecrest Prep 0: Quarterback Marcus Spivey ran for a 50-yard touchdown and completed 5 of 5 passes for 163 yards twice with Ashante Appleby for two touchdowns. Malikk Kennedy had 4 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown. Ja’Morie Grier returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown following a 90-yard interception return in last weeks kickoff classic against Westminster Academy. Marc Franklin, Ja'Vonta Holmes and Hendrick Parrish each had a sack.
Friday - Naples 71, Edison 19: Quarterback Cory Del Prado was 8 of 21 passing for 219 yards and three touchdowns for Edison (0-1). Joshua Ultima caught two passes for 88 yards including one for a touchdown covering 75 yards.
Baseball: Cypress Bay senior infielder Ben Rushing has committed to the University of Central Florida.