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Bolstered by solid defense, Flanagan ready to face Columbus in state semifinal

Flanagan’s Big Three: Linebacker Devin Bush Jr., safety Josh Metellus (Michigan commitment) and linebacker Devin Gil (Michigan commitment) have led a stout Falcons defense this season.
Flanagan’s Big Three: Linebacker Devin Bush Jr., safety Josh Metellus (Michigan commitment) and linebacker Devin Gil (Michigan commitment) have led a stout Falcons defense this season. mnavarro@miamiherald.com

They have shut out half of the teams they have faced and outscored their first three playoff opponents 91-0.

They have forced 24 turnovers and are surrendering only 122.5 yards and seven first downs per game.

They have outscored their first 12 opponents — get this — 256-3 in the first half.

When the Flanagan Falcons have given up anything on the scoreboard this season, it usually has been when the second- and third-teamers have been in at the end of blowouts.

But if coach Devin Bush knows one thing about his record-setting defense, it’s that it plays a lot better when son Devin Jr. (a four-star linebacker with Auburn, Florida State and Michigan at the top of his college list), linebacker Devin Gil and safety Josh Metellus (both Michigan commitments) are healthy and in the game together.

“Whenever I haven’t had Josh, Gil and Bush on the field at the same time, we’ve lost,” the coach said Wednesday as his team prepared to face Columbus in the Class 8A state semifinals for the second season in a row.

“Josh didn’t play the South Plantation game [a 13-12 loss on Sept. 18] and we lost Devin Gil to an ankle injury on the second play of the game against St. Thomas [a 19-14 loss on Nov. 6]. So, when we don’t have them all together, it’s trouble. That’s the stat I know about.”

Flanagan, which lost a 16-12 heart-breaker to the visiting Explorers last season with Bush Jr. sidelined by a broken wrist, should have their big three in uniform when they face Columbus in the rematch Friday night at Tropical Park. But they’re not 100 percent healthy. Metellus injured his shoulder in last week’s 35-0 win over top-ranked Delray Beach Atlantic and had his arm in a sling Wednesday at practice. Bush Sr. said Gil “is about 60 percent” on his ankle.

Still, the Falcons said Wednesday they want to shut down Columbus’ high-powered, balanced offense — which has averaged 40.7 points per game over its past seven wins — and earn the school’s first trip to the state final.

“To us, what they do, it’s nothing that we haven’t seen this season,” Gil said. “So we’re already mentally prepared and very prepared as a unit. So I don’t see any problem with us dealing with Columbus.”

Said Metellus: “As a team I feel like we’re more focused than we were last year. Columbus is a good team, but we feel like if we do what we have to do, we’ll come out on top.”

Flanagan has as talented a defense as any in the state. Aside from its big three, the Falcons have two other defensive starters in the secondary committed to Football Bowl Subdivision programs: cornerback Rocco Marucci (Colorado State) and safety Javhari Bourdeau (Army). Junior cornerback Stanford Samuels is a four-star recruit, according to Rivals.

Now, all that talent is one win away again from reaching the state final.

“That night last year when we lost to Columbus was one of the worst days of my life,” Bush Jr. said. “All season we’ve just been working on one goal and it’s presenting itself right now. We’re one game away from state. And I feel like we can’t be stopped.”

BOYS’ SOCCER

▪ Columbus 1, Coral Park 0: Kevin Youmans goal, Timmy Zarrant assist, Craige Lavista 4th shutout. COL 7-2.

▪ Palmer Trinity 2, Riviera Prep 1: Jonathon Ludwig 2 goals, Andrew Watson 2 assists, Luca Gilberti 5 saves.

▪ Mast Academy 4, La Salle 3: Valentin Sabella 2 goals, Teo Papazian goal, Santiago Morales 2 assists, Eli Knezevich goal. Mast 7-1-2.

▪ Miami Beach 2, Braddock 0: Lucas Arellano 1 goal, Joao Mattar 1 goal, Gabriel Suarez shutout. MB 8-0-2.

▪ Jackson 5, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 1: Pablo Medina 1 goal, 2 assists; Kevin Caballero 2 goals, 1 assist. Jackson 9-0-1.

▪ Tuesday: Sagemont 8, Sheridan Hills 0.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

▪ Archbishop McCarthy 10, South Broward 2: Amanda Perez 2 goals, 1 assist; Devyn Encalada 1 goal, 3 assists; Madison St. Philip 1 goal, 1 assist; Laura Pachon, Celeste Talbot, Victoria Pernas, Tyra Cannady, Lauren McDonald, Abby Ribas 1 goal each; Adrianna Cabeza 1 assist. AM 9-1-1.

▪ Palmetto 4, Westminster Chr. 2: Emily Lamas, Ava Gruener 2 goals each; Lauren Palavecino defense; Aliyah Valdes, Stephany Diaz, Audrey Paz, Alexandra Brand 1 assist each. Palm 11-0.

▪ Palmer Trinity 7, Riviera Prep 1: Sofia Rivas 2 goals; Marla Ricart 2 goals; Vicky Rosales 1 goal, 3 assists; Carmen Gonzalez Del Valle 1 goal, 1 assist; Tianna Schiappa-Pietra 1 goal. PT 7-1.

▪ GSC 4, Miami Jackson 0: Bre Ramirez 2 goals, Samantha Guitterez 1 goal, Syann Mark 1 goal, Marina Cepeda defense. GSC 7-2-2.

▪ Southwest 9, Miami 0: Elisa Rodriguez shutout; Kristi Suarez 4 goals; Andrea Rojas 2 goals, 3 assists. SW 9-3-1.

▪ Monarch 1, Deerfield Beach 1.

WRESTLING

▪ Ronald Reagan 42, Mourning 36: Richard Mayol (RR) pin in 3:23. Ronald Reagan 42, South Miami 36: Gabriel Barrocas (RR) pin in 0:23, Andres Gejo (RR) pin in 0:13. RR 2-1.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

▪ Coral Reef 46, South Dade 38: SD: Lipscomb 2, Gilbert 15, G.Lipscomb 3, Wilborn 11, Peart 2, Hankerson 3, Ivey 2. CR (5-0): Boria 4, Vreones 2, Arabitg 6, Iser 7, Bryan 11, Holcombe 16. Half: SD 21-18. Rebounds: Holcombe 17. Assists: Boria 3. Steals: Bryan 3.

▪ Central 60, Carol City 35: Cent: Wilson 6, Cooper 27, Louis 7 Pierre-Louis 6, Cineus 1, Belcombe 6. CC: Nelson 4, Andre 8, Marleen 5, Vick 2, Ambad 9, Leon 4, Adrian 2, Gary 1. Half: Cent 53-18. Rebounds: Wilson 12. Assists: Louis 5. Steals: Wilson. Blocks: Jackson 3.

▪ Coral Gables 65, Ferguson 39: CG: Hall 5, Diaz 8, Smith 3, Blet 14, Morley 17, Sanchez 2, Brown 4, Lovett 4, Aguero 3, Pena 1, Marban 4. Ferg: Navarra 4, Perez 4, Adan 15, Gonzalez 2, Osceola 7, Fernandez 4, Mayor 2. Half: CG 30-17. Rebounds: Morley 10, Blet 10. Steals: Hall 4. Assists: Morley 5.

▪ Columbus 63, Palmetto 61: COL: Pace 24, Rodriguez 18, Sosa 12, Valdez 6, Mas 2, Brooks 1. Palm: Hardaway 15, Percy 9, Guerrero 9, Thomas 6, Arvaintaprlos 6, Scott 6, Merritt 4, Ajabshir 2, Eisenberg 2. 3-Pointers: Pace 4, Hardaway 2, Percy 1, Rodriguez 1. Rebounds: Sosa 8. Assists: Pace 4.

▪ Miami High 50, Hialeah Gardens 20: MH (3-2): Mera 3, Brown 12, Sierra 5, Lipman 3, Garcia 16, Arce 2, Shannon 9. HG: Nunez 2, Barber 2, Llanez 2, Toledo 12, Martin 2. Rebounds: Brown 10. Assists: Mera 4. Steals: Shannon 3. Blocks: Brown 3.

▪ American 81 Hialeah 56: Amer (5-1): Johnson 18, Jones 9, Harris 13, Evans 15 , Hall 4, Copeland 4, Narvaez 8, Vilchez 8, Lopez 3, Petit-Frere 1. HIA: Steven 4, Davon 3, Serven 23, Sherm 5, Luis 8, Pierre 6, Danils 6, Davhontrae 2. Half: American 36-19. 3-Pointers: Johnson 3, Serven 3, Luis 2, Daniels 2, Evans 1, Hall 1, Copeland 1.

▪ Belen Jesuit 56, Miami Jackson 46: Belen (4-2): Salazar 15, Milton 3, Mejer 4, Rodriguez 5, Consuegra 9, Puente 2, Romeu 12, Barnola 4, Carrillo 2. Jackson: Cribbs 12, Petit-Homme 3, Cherisier 14, Bragg 14, Hunt 4. Rebounds: Romeu 10. Assists: Consuegra 5. Blocks: Barnola 4.

▪ South Maimi 64, Soutwest 58: SM: Dawson 22, Stewart 9, Arnold 20, Castro 2, Ferguson 5, Wright 3. SW: Pratt 13, Fernandez 2, Hernandez 17, Espinoza 2, Rondon 2, Rivas 14, Rosario 4. Half: SM 26-24. Rebounds: Stewart 10. Assists: Davis 5. Steals: Castro 4.

▪ Miami Christian 68, Somerset 41: MC: Leading scorers: Alex Rodriguez 10, Comquard 9, Camacho 18, Diaz 10. Rebounds: Rodriguez 15.

▪ Tuesday — Boyd Anderson 55, Northeast 41: BA (3-2): Patrick 22, Rismay 3, Clarke 8, Lynch 17, Jean 3, Tilghman 2. NE: Shaw 8, Chery 4, Sanchious 9, Gillion 7, Green 2, Smith 11. 3-Pointers: Clarke 2, Patrick 2, Rismay 1. Rebounds: Patrick 10.

▪ Tuesday — Florida Christian 65, Greater Miami Academy 40: FC: Rivero 9, Jimenez 4, Sosa 3, Dahlan 9, Valdes 23, Pericles 9, Wright 8. GMA: Conell 2, Butler 10, Bryan 5, Garcia 4, Perez 11, Garcia 4. Half: FC 30-12. 3-Pointers: Valdes 3, Butler 2, Rivero 1, Sosa 1. Rebounds: Pericles 7. Assists: Wright 7. Steals: Valdes 4.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

▪ Gulliver 50, St. Brendan 33: STB: Dominguez 5, Prieto 20, Sanchez 8. Gull (7-2): Kaiser 5, Pyatt 7, Bahadue 6, Pinder 4, Kunkel 3, Jim 17, Thomas 7. Half: Gull 31-15. 3-Pointers: Jim 5, Prieto 4, Kaiser 2, Bahadue 2, Sanchez 1, Kunkel 1. Rebounds: Pyatt 12. Assists: Pinder 6. Steals: Kunkel 7. Blocks: Thomas 3.

▪ Ransom Everglades 36, Pinecrest 22: RE: Schatz 6, Quanstrom 11, McDowell 15, Hawkins 4. Pine: Cerchione 11, Rosado 2, Beltran 6, Ravello 1, Garay 2. Half: RE 19-11. 3-Pointers: Cerchione 2, Quanstrom 1. Rebounds: McDowell 13. Assists: Schatz 3. Steals: Quanstrom 4.

▪ Tuesday — Mater Academy 61, Mourning 11: Mourning: Taylor 2, Fabros 3, Torres 3, Alvarez 3. Mater (5-3): Jimenez 14, Dalmau 1, V.Acosta 2, Martinez 1, Salcedo 3, E.Acosta 23, Osorio 4, Sequeda 9, Morales 2, Sosa 2. Steals: Dalmau 11, E.Acosta 9.

▪ Tuesday — Coral Gables 67, Southwest 30: CG: Rodriguez 17, Walton 16, Luis 9, Fay 6, Thurston 6, Lamadriz 5, Grant 4, Howie 2, Hippolyte-Wade 2. SW: Mya Thomas 10, Sarmiento 9, Patino 5, Rodriguez 2, Mia Thomas 2, Cueto 2. 3-Pointers: Lamadriz 1. Rebounds: Walton 21. Assists: Hippolyte-Wade 3. Steals: Rodriguez 7.

▪ Tuesday — Pace 55, LaSalle 27: Pace (9-1): Jenkins 14, Wilson 9, Petitcar 7, Barber 9, Johnson 10, Narin 4, Samuels 2. LaSalle: Beuavides 4, Xiques 11, Hernandez 2, De Leon 3, Cruz 7. Half: Pace 26-17. 3-Pointers: Petitcar 2, Cruz 1, Wilson 1, Jenkins 1. Rebounds: Johnson 8. Assists: Jenkins 8. Steals: Jenkins 8.

▪ Tuesday — Miami High 62, North Miami 32: MH: Angulo 7, Richard 2, Rodriguez 6, Brooks 3, Weldon 10, Wilson 2, Paschal 5, Perez 2, Troup Bishop 8, Rachel 5, Gomez 2, Jackson 10. NM: Ta bailey 11, Francis 1, Bernard 2, Side 9, Fenelin 2, Bailey 1, Williams 6. Half: Miami High 32-19: 3-Pointers: Bailey, Side, Rodriguez, Brooks, Angulo. Rebounds: Jackson 10. Steals: Paschal 7. Assists: Rodriguez 7.

▪ Tuesday — (Boca) St. Andrew’s 51, North Broward 21: NB (1-5): Wilson 11, Molloy 6, Alin 4. Half: STA 23-14. 3-Ptrs: Molloy 2, Wilson. Rebds: Kittendorf 5, Wilson 5.

CHEERLEADING

At West Broward HS: 1. Western 224.5; 2. West Broward 223; 3. Stoneman Douglas 204; 4. Hollywood Hills 194.5; 5. Everglades 142; 6. Flanagan 68.5.

FOOTBALL

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

Class 8A state semifinal at Tropical Park: Flanagan vs. Columbus, 7:30

Class 7A state semifinal: St. Thomas Aquinas at Bradenton Braden River, 7:30

Class 6A state semifinal at Traz Powell: Naples vs. Miami Central, 7:30

SATURDAY

Class 4A state championship at (Orlando) Citrus Bowl: Booker T. Washington vs. Jacksonville Raines, 7

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

THURSDAY

Schoolhouse Prep @ Dade Christian, 3:30

Edison Private @ La Progresia, 3:30

Somerset (Homestead) @ Keys Gate, 3:30

iMater @ International Studies, 3:30

Mater Lakes @ Mast Academy, 5

Hollywood Christian School @ Redland, 5

Hialeah Educ. @ David Posnack, 5:30

Coral Shores @ Everglades Prep, 5:30

Grace Academy @ Archbishop Curley, 6

Grandview Prep @ Westwood Christian, 6

Gulliver @ Sagemont, 7

Miami Community @ Palmer Trinity, 7

Miami Country Day @ Doctors Charter, 7

Ransom-Everglades @ WestministerChr, 7

Greater Miami Acad @ Arch. Coleman, 7

Hillel Comm. @ SLAM Charter, 7:30

Yeshiva @ Hebrew Academy, 7:30

Pinecrest Prep @ Saint Brendan, 7:30

Miami Christian @ Divine Savior, 7:30

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

THURSDAY

Westland @ Hialeah Miami Lakes, 3:30

Coral Shores @ Everglades Prep, 4

Hialeah Educ. @ David Posnack, 4

Greater Miami @ Archbishop Coleman, 4

Princeton Christian @ Northwest Chr, 4

Calusa Prep @ Hebrew Academy, 4:30

Doral Academy @ Miami Springs, 5

Hialeah @ North Miami, 5

Mourning @ Ronald Reagan, 5

Norland @ North Miami Beach, 5

Hialeah Gardens @ Miami Beach

American @ Krop, 5

Miami Community @ Palmer Trinity, 5

Miami Country Day @ Doctors Charter, 5

Booker T. Wash. @ Mater Lakes, 5:30

Miami Christian @ Divine Savior, 6

Hillel Community Day @ SLAM Charter, 6

Coral Reef Senior @ Varela, 6

Palm Glades @ Archimedean Academy, 7

Barbara Goleman @ Mater Academy, 7

Homestead @ South Dade, 7:30

Carol City @ Miami Northwestern, 7:30

Miami Edison @ Miami Central, 7:30

Lourdes @ G Holmes Braddock, 7:30

Coral Gables @ South Miami Senior, 7:30

Palmetto @ Miami Southridge, 7:30

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