South Dade and Coral Gables realized Thursday what many football coaches do during spring football games. They still have a lot of work to do before August.
While neither team looked very sharp offensively, Coral Gables put just enough together in the second half to rally and beat the reigning Class 8A state champions 14-9 in an exhibition game at the Cavaliers’ home field.
“We went 11-2 last season, but the biggest thing these kids need to realize is that this is not even close to being the same team right now,” Gables coach Roger Pollard said. “We showed them the film of the South Dade loss [Thursday], but we realized half these kids didn’t truly feel the pain of that loss. We know we have a lot of work to do to get back to that point before we start the season.”
Coral Gables, which lost a heartbreaker to South Dade 6-0 in the Region 4-8A final this past season, is expected to be one of the contenders in the region again next season, with eight defensive starters returning. The Cavaliers, however, must replace eight regular players on offense, including talented running back Greg Howell and all-purpose threat Antiwone Johnson.
On Thursday, rising junior Keino Mike carried the ball the most in the second half and looked strong at times doing so. Backup running back Hans Supree scored from 11 yards out for the winning touchdown.
The Cavaliers played without star linebacker Emilio Gibbs, who sat out with a neck strain.
A stellar season for Broward County has included 20 team state championships and numerous individual trophies earned along the way.
The Miami Herald will honor the best high school athletes in Broward on Friday morning at its annual All-Broward Athletic Awards, sponsored by Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and the Orange Bowl.
The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Signature Grand in Davie and will once again honor excellence in 17 sports.
Players and Coaches of the Year in all the sports will be announced as well as the Overall Athletes of the Year and the Overall Coaches of the Year.
The top athletic programs also will be honored with the Herald’s All-Sports Awards.
The program also will include The Herald’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Dade ceremony was held Wednesday and drew a crowd of nearly 1,400. For more on the event, visit Mia
Fresh off winning its third overall state championship, Westminster Christian coach Scott Doan was named the Class 3A Coach of the Year on Thursday by the Florida Dairy Farmers Association. Doan is a finalist for the Overall Coach of the Year award.