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Miramar football coach Pierre Senatus resigns after two seasons

Miramar High football coach Pierre Senatus resigned Thursday. Here are the Patriots playing against St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday, Sept. 2, in Miramar, Fla.
Miramar High football coach Pierre Senatus resigned Thursday. Here are the Patriots playing against St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday, Sept. 2, in Miramar, Fla. skaestle@miamiherald.com

Miramar coach Pierre Senatus announced Thursday he has resigned from his position as the school’s head football coach.

"Basically it was just a matter of the administration and I had different viewpoints on philosophy and program development," Senatus told the Miami Herald. "I just think it’s best for me to move in a different direction right now, take some time off and think about things and try to move forward."

Following a 5-5 season his first year, Senatus guided the Patriots to a 7-3 record this past season and a third-place finish in District 12-8A. Miramar’s only losses came to eventual Class 7A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas and two costly one-point defeats against district foes Flanagan and Western.

Senatus, 39, had 16 players sign with colleges last season and will likely have a total of 17 by the time all players sign this season.

Senatus took over at Miramar following the resignation of previous coach Matt Strout, who caused a major stir later when allegations of academic fraud and player ineligibility prompted the school to forfeit its postseason status the previous season.

Before Miramar, Senatus coached nine years at Booker T. Washington and was part of four state championship teams.


A great second quarter came in awfully handy for Deerfield Beach.

Trailing by three after a quarter, the Bucks went on a 26-4 second quarter tear against Hallandale and then held off a late Charger rally to hang on for a 65-56 win in a first round quarterfinal matchup in the BCAA Big 8 tournament at Ft. Lauderdale.

Deerfield Beach (20-6) will take on Dillard in a semifinal Friday night at 8 p.m. The two teams met in early December in Dillard’s gym and the Bucks nearly pulled off the upset, losing by two.

When Edwin Louis, who finished with a game-high 27 points, buried a three pointer to start the fourth, the Bucks enjoyed their biggest lead of the night at 49-27. But then the Chargers (18-7) put it into high gear with full court pressure creating numerous turnovers.

With just two minutes left, they had pulled to within 58-52 and a Devaris Parker three pointer that would’ve cut it to three went in and out of the cylinder.

Deerfield’s Calvin Davis hit a layup on a transition basket off the rebound and then another one off a steal with a minute to go to push it back to 62-52 with 1:07 left to wrap it up.


DB (20-6): Louis 27, Davis 11, Senatus 10, Desulme 6, Carpenter 6, Brave 3, Petigny 2. HALL (18-7): Alectus 15, Paul 15, Sylvain 11, Parker 5, Bain 5, Ferguson 3, Miles 2. 3-pointers: Louis 4, Paul 2, Parker, Bain, Senatus. Rebounds: DB, Desulme 12, Assists: Carpenter 8, Steals: Davis 6 HALF: DB 36-17


▪ Hillel 59, Riviera Prep 55: RP (10-8): De La Paz 22, Liaberos 10, Perez 9, DelValle 6, Greenstein 4, Puig 4. HIL (13-10): Ayache 27, Brener 13, Klainbaum 9, Rosenthal 6, Fraynd 2, Assraf 2. HT: HIL 30-24. Three-pointers: Ayache 5. Rebounds: Klainbaum 13. Assists: Givner 6. Steals: Ayache 3.

▪ SLAM 67, Key West 54: SL: D. Garcia 22, K. Poitier 12, A. Hundley 12. KW: K. Woods 13, Z. Jefferson 12. Assists: A. Hundley 7, L. Woods 4. Rebounds: K. Poitier 9. Three-pointers: O. Diaz 3, Z. Jefferson 3.

▪ Varela 57, Braddock 44: VAR: Hidalgo 2, Larios 2, Valdes 11, Lopez 3, Echavarria 14, Abbate 5, Del Rio 2, Brizuela 9, Ponce de Leon 9. BRA: Penalver 9, Simon 12, Castellanos 7, Dupont 7, Daniel 9. Rebounds: Ponce de Leon 4. Assists: Hidalgo 5. Steals: Brizuela 4.

▪ Archbishop McCarthy 87, Mater Lakes 74: AM(16-9): Guelce 2, Avila 22, Enriquez 9, Jones 9, Jameau 11, Cucalon 4, messer 4, S Taylor 18, Volmar 8. ML: Largie 22, Cata 8, Morales 33, Lineraz 5, Rodriguez 2, Curves 4. HT: AM 40-32. Three pointers: Avila 2, Enriquez, S Taylor 4. Rebounds: Jameau 13. Blocks: Jameau 5.

▪ Hillel 59, Riviera Prep 55: RP (10-10): De la Paz 20, Perez 11, Lluberes 10, Greenstein 6, De Valle 6, Puig 2.


▪ Booker T. Washington 75, Miami Springs 72: BTW: F. Levertt 16, J. Eason 11, A. Clear 12, A. Dixon 21, V. Fleary 2, E. Jackson 6, C. Noel 7. Rebounds: F. Levertt 10.

▪ Palmer Trinity 61, Riviera Prep 50: PT(17-6): Bess 20, Diaz 14. RP: Perez 22, De La Paz 10. HT: PT 28-25. Three-pointers: Bess 4, Perez 3, Del Valle 2. Rebounds: Waldman 10. Steals: Friedland 4. Assists: Friedland 7. Technical: De La Paz.

▪ Archbishop Carroll 69, Keys Gate 33: AC (23-2): Villamil 14, Silva 13, Aarestrup 12, Cordero 9, Gomez 8, Deribeaux 6, Mendez 3, Barbic 2, Russo 2. KG: Matthew 13, Leger 6, Reed 6, Jones 4, Diaz 4. HT: AC 46-20. Rebounds: Silva 8, Assists: Cordero 6. Steals: Silva 3, Cordero 3. Three-pointers: Aarestrup 4, Villamil 3, Silva 3, Deribeaux 2, Cordero, Mendez.


▪ District 15-9A Final — Ferguson 76, Lourdes 47: FER (21-7): Pineda 36, Laureano 11, Y. Rodriguez 11, Gonzalez 9, A. Rodriguez 6, Charlton 3. LOU: Codispoti 14, Porras 13, Sanchez 12, Midolo 6, Pagliery 2. HT: FER 45-36. Three pointers: Pineda 6, Laureano, Gonzalez, Y. Rodriguez. Assists: Y. Rodriguez 5, Laureano 5, Pineda 5. Rebounds: Kingwood 10. Steals: Y. Rodriguez 10. Blocks: A. Rodriguez 4.

▪ District 7-4A Final — SLAM 47, Florida Christian 29: SL (22-2): Marta Franco 17, Jailene Garcia 11, Stephanie Perez 6.


Wednesday - Region 4-5A quarterfinal - Miami Beach 2, Varela 1 (PK: 4-2): Miami Beach goalkeeper Gabriel Suarez made two huge penalty kick saves to help the Hi Tides (20-2-1) advance.

Suarez dove left to deny the first penalty kick. He let in the second and fourth, but blocked the third Varela kick. Kevin Herrera, Luis Munoz and Tomas Iglesias scored the first three penalty kick goals. Leonardo Acosta scored the fourth penalty kick goal to clinch the victory.



Doral Academy had five players sign with colleges. Jose Garcia and Andres Santana each signed with FIU. Brian Perez signed with Barry University, Oscar Trujillo signed with Alabama State and Jose Ulloa signed with ASA College.



▪ Mourning 10, Coral Gables 6: Clara Randazzo 6 goals. Daphne Scotese 3 goals.

▪ Westminster 18, Northeast 7: Naomi Sanders 11 goals, 5 assists, 2 steals. Alexis Moraitis 5 goals and 4 steals. Westminster Senior Gabby Kalb had 11 saves.


▪ Westminster 17, Northeast 4: Adam Warters 5 goals, 7 assists, 7 steals. Chase Perry 7 goals. Billy Bevill 16 saves.

▪ Mourning 9, Coral Gables 8: Ryan Chierico 3 goals. Sebastian Hidalgo 2 goals. Kyehl Vigille 2 goals each. CG: Alegre 11 saves.

▪ Wednesday — Belen 13, Hialeah 11.



BCAA semifinals at Fort Lauderdale: Blanche Ely vs. Piper-Cardinal Gibbons winner, 6; Deerfield Beach vs. Dillard, 8


Region 4-5A final: Lourdes at Cypress Bay, 7

Region 4-4A final: Stuart South Fork at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7

Region 4-3A final: North Fort Myers vs. American Heritage, 7

Region 4-2A final: Oxbridge Academy at Carrollton, 4

Region 4-1A final: Miami Country Day at Palmer Trinity, 3:30


GMAC championship at Reagan – Opening rounds: 10 a.m.


District 11-9A final at Coral Glades: 7

District 14-9A final at Miami High: 7

District 15-7A final at Northwestern: 7

District 16-7A final at Miami Springs: 7

District 16-6A final at Archbishop McCarthy: 7:30

District 13-5A final at North Broward Prep: 7

District 16-5A final at Keys Gate: 7

District 6-4A final at Sagemont: 7

District 7-3A semifinals at Lake Worth Christian: Trinity Christian-Village Academy vs. Highlands Christian, 6; Berean Christian-Boca Raton Christian winner vs. Lake Worth Christian, 7:30