After more than four decades, is Coral Gables really ready to take the next step and go back to being a regular state championship contender?
The Cavaliers took the first step in 2013 by winning 11 games for the first time since 1969 and advancing to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 1985.
Gables lost a heartbreaker to South Dade and then watched the Bucs win their first state title. With an experienced defense and numerous weapons on offense returning, the Cavaliers believe they can be this year’s South Dade.
The road will be difficult, however, with rival Columbus still a formidable foe, and South Dade, Killian and top contenders from Broward County such as Miramar, Pembroke Pines Flanagan and Coconut Creek Monarch all in contention.
With Class 8A wide open statewide, the chance is there for Gables to seize this opportunity and join Miami Central as likely state championship teams.