After winning just three games over a three-season span (2010-12), Miami Springs matched that total in a three-week span with their third consecutive victory this season, beating Westland Hialeah at Milander Stadium in the District 16-7A opener for both teams.
Springs (3-1, 1-0) was led by running back Malik Thomas who lit things up with 168 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown while quarterback Gerald Anderson enjoyed a big night as well, completing 8 of 11 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
Anderson found Keavantra Floyd for a 57 yard scoring strike midway through the first quarter giving the Hawks a lead they would never relinquish. Anderson found Patrick Green for a 12 yard strike midway through the second quarter to make it 14-0.
The Springs defense also dominated as they sacked Westland quarterback Romel Guerrier seven times with Benjamin Guzman recording three of them.
The only area the Wildcats (1-2, 0-1) flourished in was on kickoff returns, especially Darius Cheever who had a 69-yard return to open the game and then a 75 yarder for a touchdown in the third quarter.
“A great job both offensively and defensively and it feels great to get off to a 1-0 start in the district,” said Springs coach Darryel Bethune. “The one obvious area we’ll need to shore up is our special teams as we simply can’t afford to be giving up long kickoff returns.”