High School Sports

Northwestern hires former assistant Max Edwards as football coach

Miami Northwestern is hoping a familiar face from its coaching past can get its football program back to an elite level.

The Bulls hired former assistant Max Edwards as its new head coach Friday three weeks after opening the position for hiring.

Edwards coached at Northwestern from 1998 to 2004 under Billy Rolle and later Roland Smith, whom he now coached with the past five seasons at Central.

“I’m so excited for this opportunity and greatful to the Northwestern administration and community,” Edwards said. “Northwestern is doing great academically right now and I think it’s a great time to go back and take the school back to the level it’s been known for in football.”

Edwards, 48, has been Central’s defensive coordinator during that time and a pivotal part of the Rockets becoming the first Miami-Dade County team to win four state titles in a five-year span and the first to go to state five consecutive seasons. The Rockets, ranked No. 6 nationally by USA Today, also earned an invite to the inaugural State Champions Bowl Series Dec. 27 in Boca Raton.

Edwards’ defense posted 83 sacks and was one of the most ferocious in the nation this season. He has been a part of six state championship teams and two more state runner-up teams during his 22 years coaching in Dade.

During his first stint at Northwestern, Edwards, a graduate of Tuskegee University, was a part of the 1998 state championship team and later coached at Booker T. Washington from 2006-2009 under Tim "Ice" Harris, helping the Tornadoes win a state title in 2007. Edwards also briefly coached at Miami Jackson, his alma mater, in 2005.

Edwards replaces Eddie "Rabbit" Brown, who coached the Bulls this past season, leading them to a 5-6 record and to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Brown was suspended for Northwestern’s first-round playoff loss to Hallandale. The position was opened for hiring in late November.

Edwards becomes Northwestern’s third head coach since 2011. The Bulls have made the playoffs twice in the past four seasons after a county-record run of 19 consecutive appearances from 1992-2010.

“The past four to five years Northwestern hasn’t been the old Northwestern,” Edwards said. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work off the field to get it back on track.”

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

▪ Westminster Under Armour Classic—Southridge 82, Ferguson 65: FER: Somoza 2, Acosta 3, Perez 20, Adan 7, Reguera 7, Osceola 18, Torres 4, Mayor 4. SR (7-2): Chandler 29, McNair 6, Bartley 7, Mitchell 34, Gonzalez 1, Jerry 2, Charles 6. Three-pointers: Chandler 5, Useola 2. Assists: Bartley 7. Rebounds: Mitchell 11. Steals: Mitchell 10. HT: SR 49-33.

▪ Schoolhouse Prep 67, Miami Charter 27: SHP (9-1): Ramos 7, Tompkins 24, Peon 10, Sanchez 14, Smith 6, MC (3-6): Applebee 10, Oflertree 9, Sanchez 2, Gruer 2, Olivera 2, Perez 2. Three-pointers: Tompkins 4. Assists: Ramos 9, Perez 5. Rebounds: Ramos 10, Perez 5 HT: SHP 50-14.

▪ Late Thursday—Calusa Prep 64, Hebrew Academy 48: CP:Araujo 17, Peña 8, Matos 19, Thompson 8, Colon 4, Joseph 2, Alexander 1, Emmanuel 5. HA: Masin 9, M. Esformes 10, Bixon 4, J. Esformes 12, Diveroli 13,

▪ Late Thursday—Central 83, North Miami Beach 51: CEN (9-1): Saunders 14, Turnier 7, Nunnally 7, Wilson 4, Wilkerson 2, Occi 18, Gibson 9, McFadden 16, Ratliff 2, Wynn 4. NMB: Leger 17, Saint luvis 6, Gefford 1, Nord 17, Piwal 2, Blen-Airre 2, Damies 1, Flerring 3, Inneranity 4. Three Pointers: Gibson, Nunnally 1, Saunders 3, Leger 2, Occi 5. Steals: Occi, Saunders, McFadden 4. Rebounds: Turnier, McFadden 8. HT: CEN 38-25

▪ Late Thursday—McArthur 81, West Broward 64: MCA: Tejada 3, Brown 12, Turner 16, Jean 6, Vega 2, Rnera-Vega 17, Cambridge 8, Pooles 4, Noel 13. Rebounds: Brown 9, Denovillis 8. WB: Gray 6, Aris 14, Toranzo 3, Shuyler 9, Anderson 8, Gaspard 14, Dickens 2, Durante 5, Bellinger 3, Three-pointers: Aris 2. HT:WB 31-26.

▪ Late Thursday—Sunset 63, Hialeah Gardens 55: SUN: Salzar 21, Veloz 18, Williams 9, Noriega 7, Penton 5, Forcade 3. Three-pointers: Salazar 4, Veloz 2. Blocks: Noriega 5. Assists: Veloz 5. Rebounds: Noriega 15. SUN 7-5. HG 22-20.

▪ Late Thursday—Palmer Trinity 74, Miami Community Charter 14: PTS (5-4): Becker 17,Roberts 14, Diez 9, Montalvo 8, Hebble 8, De Ribeaux 6, Portuondo 5, Bakes 3, Diviene 3, Dye 2. MCC (2-5) Amendarian 6, Washington 5, Geuer 3 Halftime: PTS 33 - MCC 10. Three-pointers: Hebble 2. Assists: Roberts 3, Montalvo 5.

▪ Late Thursday—Homestead 69, TERRA 47: HOM: J. Collier 28, G. LaCount 7, J. Outten 6, C. Robertgeau 13, J. Shinhoster 9, C. McHenry 2, R. Blair 4. TER: J. Munoz 10, M. Terrades 3, J.Cueto 1, H. Swihart 5, J. Gramling 20, C. Velazquez 1, E. Cordero 4, A. Moreno 3. Rebounds: J. Collier 14. HT: HOM 33-15.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

▪ LaSalle 51, St. Brendan 49: LS (12-2): Cruz 20, Montoto 10, Alfaro 7, Benavides 7, Xiques 4, de la Madriz 3. SB: Murello 14, Dominguez 10, Paleto 9, Lara 4, Soublette 2. Three-pointers: de la Madriz, Cruz, Paleto, Lara. Rebounds: Cruz 13. Assists: Montoto 4. Steals: Montoto 4. HT: SB 32-19.

BOYS’ SOCCER

▪ Late Thursday—Palmetto 4, Sunset 2: Matthew Posada goal, 2 assists. Christopher Correa goal. Antony Saenz goal. Giovanne Borges goal. PAL 6-7

GIRLS’ SOCCER

▪ Mater Academy 8, Central 0: Alexis Rodriguez 4 goals, assist. Kylee Griffin 2 goals, assist. Julissa Benitez goal. MA 12-6-1.

▪ Hialeah-Miami 1, Hialeah 0: Jessy Marquez goall. HML 7-9-1.

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