Keino Mike carries Coral Gables to victory over Hialeah in regional quarterfinal

11/15/2013 12:01 AM

11/15/2013 12:46 AM

Not every team can afford to rest its star running back in a playoff game and survive.

Coral Gables’ depth, however, allowed it that luxury Thursday night.

With senior running back Gregory Howell — Miami-Dade County’s leading rusher entering the playoffs — hobbled by a thigh injury, Coral Gables turned to sophomore Keino Mike for the second consecutive week.

Mike didn’t disappoint, rushing for 171 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cavaliers to a 31-14 win over Hialeah in a Region 4-8A quarterfinal at Tropical Park.

Coral Gables (10-1), which advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season, will host either Columbus or North Miami next Friday.

Mike also filled in effectively for Howell last week in a win against Southwest, rushing for 127 yards on only seven carries. Mike carried the ball 17 times against Hialeah, balancing an offense that totaled 424 yards overall.

“We’re about to make a big push and we want our work horse to be rested,” Coral Gables coach Roger Pollard said. “I don’t know how many teams can say their best player had two quality weeks off. Mike is a work horse and no one’s seen him all year so it shows hard work pays off.”

The Cavaliers scored 24 unanswered points in the first half after Hialeah’s Henry Bussey broke loose for an 85-yard touchdown run on the game’s second play.

Senior quarterback Dijion Smith threw a pair of touchdown passes and finished 11 of 18 for 187 yards.

Smith’s first touchdown pass, a 13-yarder to freshman Kemore Gamble, tied the score at 7. His second, a 5-yarder to Shaquery Wilson, put Gables ahead 21-7 late in the second quarter moments after a muffed punt by Hialeah (6-5) gave the Cavaliers the ball at the 5-yard line.

Gables’ depth isn’t limited to its offense, however.

In nearly every one of its victories this season, the Cavaliers have had contributions on defense from different players.

Senior Mark Wynn came up with two interceptions Thursday, bringing his season total to six. Senior linebacker Emilio Gibbs had a key fumble recovery in the second half to stop a promising Hialeah drive.

Pollard wasn’t happy with the team’s inconsistency and continual problem with penalties.

Gables was penalized 12 times for 135 yards, which kept it from scoring in the second half until late in the fourth when Mike ran for a 19-yard touchdown.

“We just have to start playing better football,” Pollard said. “We’re not too dependable right now. We play lights out football and then we play lights on. But we keep finding a way to win games.

“I’ll probably be doing more yelling at them than praising this week,” he said.

CORAL GABLES 31, HIALEAH 14

HIA CG
First downs 19 16
Rushes-yards 27-162 30-237
Passing yards 195 187
Passes 14-25-2 11-19-0
Punts 3-21 6-34
Fumbles-lost 3-2 3-0
Penalties-yards 7-50 12-135
Field goals-att 0-0 1-1
HIA 7 0 0 7--14
CG 7 17 0 7--31

SCORING SUMMARY

HIA-Bussey 85 run (Puerta kick)

CG-Gamble 13 pass from Smith (M. Hernandez kick)

CG-Keino 65 run (M. Hernandez kick)

CG-Wilson 5 pass from Smith (M. Hernandez kick)

CG-FG M. Hernandez 32

HIA-Edouard 16 run (Puerta kick)

CG-Keino 19 run (M. Hernandez kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing (att-yds) -- HIA: Edouard 12-(-15), Gonzalez 1-5, Myrthil 1-7, Bell 3-24, Bussey 10-141. CG: Smith 3-21, Smith 10-45, Mike 17-171.

Passing (comp-att-int, yds)-- HIA: St. Jean 0-2-0, 0, Edouard 14-23-2, 195. CG: Clapp 0-1-0, 0, Smith 11-18-0, 187.

Receiving (rec-yds-TD) -- HIA: Bryant 1-2, Francis 1-17, St. Jean 2-21, Gonzalez 1-22, Tobgy 2-27, Myrthil 7-106. CG: Johnson 1-4, Wilson 3-17, Gamble 2-27, Johnson 3-66, Fuller 2-73.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

•  Sunset 61, Reagan 54: Sun (1-1): K. Espinosa 44. R. Gatewood 9. K. Bennett 6. D. Martinez 2. RR (1-1): Montoya 17. Guerrero 16. Saied 9. Arroyave 6. Comavaca 4. Three pointers: Bennett 2, Espinosa 1. Rebounds: Gatewood 12. Assists: Espinosa 4. Steals: Espinosa 7. Blocks: Espinosa 2.
•  Ransom Everglades 41, La Salle 36: RE: Crotty 13. Lopez 7. Oppenheim 10. McDowell 6. Hallman 5. LS: Moye 3. Echevarria 8. Alfaro 4. Lorenzo 18. Montoto 3. Three Pointers: Montoto 1. Rebounds: Hallman 8. Steals: Crotty 5. Assists: Adriana Lopez 3.

Edison 61, Mater Lakes 29: EDI (2-0): Hyppolite 29. Goodman 1. Lamour 4. Raymond 17. Wilcox 5. Elicia 5. ML: Alexandra 8. Emily 9. Casilio 2. Telisha 2. Gisely 6. Assists: Wilcox 4. Lamour 2. Raymond 5.

•  Varela 42, Palmetto 41: VA: Collado 2. Lu 4. Cassandra 2. Estupinan 8. Nieto 3. N. Polanco 13. Verdes 10. PAL: Smith 2. Martin 2. Miyazaki 3. Quartin 2. Bistrong 11. Alford 2. Gross 9. Baarial 8. Three pointers: Verdes 2. Gross 1. Baarial 2. Rebounds: Estupinan 8. Steals: Polanco 9.
•  Westminster Christian 41, Colusa Prep 28: WC: Poveda 14. Crotty 4. Martinez 2. Decker 2. Morrison 2. Benitez 2. Brais 2. Woodard 2. CP: Alexander 9. Dontemur 2. Valentino 2. Llines 2. N. Miranda 7. K. Miranda 4. Urbunoriel 2.
•  Booker T. Washington 31, Carol City 28: BTW (2-0): Miller 7, 5 steals. Leite 9, 6 assists. Bello 13, 6 steals. Berry 2, 8 rebounds. CC: K. Williams 10. Murphy 9. S. Williams 7. O. Johnson 2.
•  Monsignor Pace 75, Westminster Christian 72: MP: Fisher 24. Duarte 15. Jean 13. Ferguson 7. Briel 6. Sainvil 4. Del Castillo 3. Irv 2. King 1. Rebounds: Ferguson 15, Irv 10. Assists: Ferguson 4, Fisher 4, Jean 4.
•  American 48, Krop 45: AME (2-0): Mccloud 19. Griffin 12. Smith 8. Williams 5. Jones 4. KR: Gay 18. Upshur 16. Robert 5. Alberts 3. Blot 3. Rebounds: Griffin 13. Assists: Jones 4. Steals: Mccloud 4.

Lourdes Academy 66, Coral Gables 25: LA: Vidal 17. Couto 16. Sosa 8. Jordan 7. De Armas 6. Kunkel. 4. Cambronne 4. Minervino 2. Mosqueira 2. CG: Landsberg 14. Salazar 4. Rojas 2. Mena 2 Hyppolyte-Wade 2. Ellison 1. Three pointers: Vidal 5, Couto 2, Sosa 2, Landsberg 2. Rebounds: Jordan 5. Steals: De Armas 4.

•  Ferguson 60, Braddock 21: Gonzalez 16. Osceola 22. Buitrago 3. Justiniano 2. Mendez 2. Reichard 2. Reyes 2. De Jesus 5. Lopez 2. Johnson 4.

Mater 34, St. Brendan 29: MA: Acosta 10. Angulo 13. Diaz 3. Hernandez 2. Dalmau 5. SB: Martinez 9. Rodriguez 8. Bolaños 7. Falla 3. Bonet 1. Murillo 1. Rebounds: Angulo 6.

•  Coral Reef 57, Southridge 33: CR: Shullengberg 10. Alespeiti 9 . SR: Williams 19. Rebounds: Arianna 10. Assists: Alespeiti 3. Steals: Alepeti 5. Blocks: Alepeti 4.
•  Late Wednesday – Palmer Trinity 77, Southwest 37: PT (2-0): Gonzalez 9. Iglesias 6. James 18. Baiamonte 5. Hebb 24. Solar 2. Quintero 2. Waldman 11. SW (0-2): Lagar 6. Valero 4. Cueto 7. Camilo 17. Thomas 8. Three pointers: James 3, Hebb 2, Cueto 1. Rebounds: Baiamonte, Waldman 4. Assists: Hebb 7. Steals: Iglesias 7.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Columbus 67, North Miami Beach 66: COL: Melendez 16. Diaz 8. Dan. Rodriguez 13. Byrne 9. Jones 3. Vanzant 3. Durant 8. Dav. Rodriguez 5. Jattin 4. NMB: Lanose 22. Mesinor 8. Predesca 14. Alexis 6. Jeantiaer 8. Leger 7. Rebounds: Dan. Rodriguez 10. Steals: Melendez 3. Jattin 3. Assists: Durant 3. Three pointers: Byrne 1. Durant 1

•  Westwood Christian 69, Northwestern 63: WC: Desinor 14. Jou 13. Joseph 25. Hernandez 15. J.Joseph 4. Rebounds: Joseph 9. Jou 9. Assists: Hernandez 6. Steals: Hernandez 4, Jou 4. Blocks: Joseph 4. Three pointers: Desinor 2, Jou 1, Hernandez 1.
•  Gulliver Prep 74, Boca Raton 69: GP (1-0): Lafuente 20, 5 rebounds, 4 assists. Uyaelunmo 17, 15 rebounds, 7 blocks. Chasin 15, 5 rebounds, 3 assists. Bowes 13, 6 rebounds, 3 assists. Perez 5, 5 assists. Patullo 4, 2 steals. BR (0-1): Southards 21. Ellingsworth 17. Silva 13. Aubrey 9. O’Connor 4. Landis 3. Schwartzberg 2. Three pointers: Silva 3, Lafuente 2, Southards 2, Ellingsworth 2, Perez 1, Aubrey 1, Landis 1. Rebounds: Uyaelunmo 15. Assists: Perez 5. Blocks: Uyaelunmo 7. Steals: Patullo 2.
•  Doral Academy 51, Colusa Prep 50: DA: A. Fernandez 28 points, 3 steals. J. Fernandez 8, 6 rebounds. Solivan 6, 3 rebounds. Martin 2, 3 assists, 2 rebounds. Steel 4, assist, rebound. Pierre 3, 3 rebounds.

BOYS’ SOCCER

•  Miami Springs 4, Mater Academy 0: Ian Alvarez 3 goals. Miguel Manzanero 3 assists. MS 3-0.
•  Gulliver 2, American 0: Nick Megaloudis goal. Alan Harmony goal. Esteban Sapetnitzky shutout. GUL 5-0.
•  Columbus 4, Braddock 1: David Gunter goal. Eddie Velasco goal. Danny Del Rio goal. Eddie Diaz goal. COL 4-1.
•  Belen 2, TERRA 0: Diego Puigi goal. Frankie De La Camara goal.
•  Coral Reef 6, Killian 0: Austin 2 goals. Jean-Paul goal. Ernesto 2 goals. Sosa goal.
•  Everglades 2, Krop 2: Alex Alexis 2 goals. EVR 1-0-3.
•  South Dade 1, Southridge 0: Kyle Knowles goal. Tim Hamby assist. Richard Martinez shutout.
•  Sunset 1, Ferguson 0: Jonathan Diaz goal. Fernando Hernandez assist. David Villegas shutout. SUN 2-0-1.

La Salle 0, Booker T. Washington 0: LS: Gabriel Pineda shutout. LS 2-0-1.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

•  Killian 8, Goleman 0: Cristina Salabarria 1 goal, assist. Jessica Miranda goal, assist. Emily Boggess 3 assists. Taylor Thomasos assist. Courtney Chason goal. Jayda Hamilton goal, assist. Stephanie Galindo 3 goals, assist. Amanda Perez goal. KIL 3-4.
•  Florida Christian 8, Archbishop Carroll 0: Katelyn Godoy 4 goals, 3 assists. Eve Del Rey 2 goals. Jessica Barcelo goal. Melanie Garcia goal. Lauren Diaz shutout. FC 2-2.
•  Miami Country Day 3, Palmer Trinity 1: Ava Hansen goal. Isabella Allen goal. Carly Garzi goal. MCD 4-2-1.
•  Dade Christian 8, Hillel 1: For DC: Amanda Martin 5 goals. Sophia Gomez 2 goals, assist. Gaby Roldos goal, assist. For HIL: Aileen Guenon goal. DC 5-1.
•  Archimedean 8, Westwood Christian 1: Nina Victoria Torres 2 goals, 2 assists. Nikki Sismanidis 2 goals, 2 assists. Bianca Pinto 2 goals, 2 assists. Adrianna Hernandez 2 goals, assist. Fiorella Biagioni assist.
•  Late Wednesday – Miami Beach 3, Southwest 1: Fabiana Aceto goal. Andrea Gomez 2 goals. Maria Selva assist. MB 3-1.
•  Late Wednesday – Gulliver 2, Westminster Christian 0: Monica Zabian goal. Samantha Lujan goal. Hansine Vexlund assist. Nina Fernandez shutout. GUL 3-0.
•  Late Wednesday – Lourdes 8, Braddock 0: Natalie Silberman 2 goals, 2 assists. Sofia Portuondo 2 goals, assist. Michelle Figarola goal, assist. Caro Perez goal.

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

FOOTBALL

Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Columbus vs. North Miami (North Miami), 7:30

Region 4-8A quarterfinal: South Dade vs. Southwest (Tropical), 7:30

Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Belen Jesuit vs. Killian (Southridge), 7:30

Region 4-7A quarterfinal: Miami Springs at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7:30

Region 4-7A quarterfinal: Plantation vs. American (Milander), 7:30

Region 4-6A quarterfinal: Carol City at Dillard, 7:30

Region 4-6A quarterfinal: Boynton Beach vs. Central (Traz), 7:30

Region 4-4A semifinal: Gulliver Prep vs. University School (Nova), 7:30

Region 4-3A semifinal: Pahokee at Westminster Christian, 3

Region 4-2A semifinal: Village Academy vs. Champagnat (Ansin Sports Complex), 7:30

Region 4-2A semifinal: Dade Christian at Glades Day, 7:30

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