Hialeah scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes of the game and never looked back as the T-Breds retained the Mayor’s Cup trophy with rival Miami Springs by defeating the Golden Hawks 18-2 on Saturday night at Milander Stadium.
Hialeah did most of its damage on the ground as running backs Rommeo Brown (125 on 14) and Bobby Nelson (86 on 10) combined for 211 yards on 24 carries. The T-Breds managed to overcome 16 penalties for 166 yards.
“A little sloppy for our first game out but we didn’t have the benefit of playing a Kickoff Classic which is where you get some of that stuff sorted out,” said Hialeah coach Steve Smith. “So overall I was relatively pleased and happy that we won. Still have a lot of things to work on including cutting down the penalties.”
It took Hialeah just five plays to go 62 yards on its opening drive of the game, Rommeo Brown going over from seven yards out of the wildcat formation to make it 6-0 following a failed two point conversion.
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Just five plays into Springs’ first drive, quarterback Jacoby Clark underthrew a middle screen pass and defensive lineman Zario Dorismond picked it off and rambled 35 yards for the score and a 12-0 lead.
Despite a young lineup which starts just two seniors, Miami Springs actually turned things around for the remainder of the half as the Hawks put together three long drives. Springs scored on the first one but the touchdown was nullified by a penalty and two more sacks following forced a punt. Another drive reached the Hialeah 13 before a fumble ended that threat.
After Michael Cabrera sacked Hialeah quarterback DeAndre Miles in the end zone for a safety, which would be Springs’ only points of the night, the Hawks got a short field on the free kick but again turned the ball over.
Brown then bolted 52 yards for a score 2:14 before halftime and neither team scored in the second half.
“It was a lot of fun out there tonight,” said Brown. “We don’t rush for big yards unless the o-line is getting it done up front and that’s where it all started tonight. They all did a great job up front creating holes for me and Bobby (Nelson) to run through.”
▪ Norland 9, Jacksonville Ribault 6: Kevon O'Connor kicked through a 30-yard field goal with one second left in the fourth quarter to give Norland a season opening victory over Jacksonville Ribault Saturday night at North Miami Stadium.
"All that was going through my head was that I had to win the game for my brothers and make a field goal," O'Connor said. "I like the right side and practice from there a lot."
Norland's Alec Carr scored the lone first half touchdown on a three-yard quarterback sneak.
Ribault scored on a 27-yard pass to a wide open Rashad Flynn from Ryan Williams with 3:04 left in the game to even the score at 6-6. The extra point was missed wide left.
Terence Evans produced some of his biggest runs on the final drive and finished the game with 104 rushing yards. His runs and a 17-yard pass to Dave Richards set up O'Connor for the 30-yard attempt off the right hash. The kick sailed through the center of the uprights.
The Norland rushing game was one of few things going right in the first half with 111 total yards. The Vikings were flagged nine times for 85 yards and only passed for 11 yards. Ribault also showed signs of offseason rust with two for ten passing and four penalties.
"It was sloppy, but we did get a win," coach Daryle Heidelburg said. "The field goal was the decision I had to make. He kicked a very good ball."
▪ Late Friday — Miami Beach d. Krop (19-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-12): Nicole Goetz 34 kills, 5 aces, 7 blocks. Paige Kleidemacher 7 aces, 3 kills. Jessica Ramos 14 kills.
▪ Late Friday — Westwood Christian d. Archimedean Academy (16-25, 25-22, 21-25, 27-25, 16-14): Lauren Amat 23 assists, 4 aces, 2 kills, 2 blocks. Christina Molina 12 kills, 2 aces, 3 digs. Bailie Thomson 4 kills, 3 aces.
▪ Late Friday — Florida Christian d. International Studies (25-4, 25-14, 25-15): Gianna Ortiz 19 assists, 15 points, 5 aces. Karina Tohme 10 points, 10 digs, 8 kills. Lizzie Montaner 12 points, 10 digs, 6 kills. FC 2-0
▪ Late Friday — Palmetto d. Homestead (25-4, 25-4, 25-9): Julia Decker 6 kills, 5 digs, 2 aces. Ashley Thompson 5 kills. Chiara Cancela 6 aces, 9 assists.
International Studies Charter at La Progresia (Miami Springs Rec Center), 3:30
South Miami at G Holmes Braddock, 5
Miami Central at Miami Carol City, 5
Mast Academy at iMater, 5
Hialeah Gardens at Dr. Michael Krop, 5
Southwest Miami at Miami Coral Park, 5
Saint Brendan at La Salle, 5
Hialeah at North Miami, 5
Miami Senior at American, 5
Miami Northwestern at North Miami Beach, 5
Ronald Reagan at TERRA, 5
Miami Jackson at Miami Norland, 5
Hialeah Educational Academy at Hillel Community Day, 5
Lourdes Academy at Coral Gables, 5
Princeton Christian at Westwood Christian, 5:30
Archimedean Academy at Riviera Prep, 7:30
South Miami Senior at Miami Palmetto (Bird Bowl), 3
Southwest Miami at Coral Reef Senior (Bird Bowl), 3
Ferguson at Ronald Reagan (Bird Bowl), 3
Miami Senior at Barbara Goleman (AMF Pembroke Pines), 3
La Salle at Miami Edison, 3:30
International Studies Charter at Archbishop Coleman Carroll, 3:30
Palm Glades Preparatory at Marathon, 4:30
Miami Killian at Homestead, 5
Greater Miami Academy at Hebrew Academy, 5
Florida Christian at Riviera Prep, 5
Miami Palmetto at Coral Reef Senior, 7:15
Miami Southridge at Varela, 7:30
Coral Gables at Mast Academy (Crandon Golf Course), 3:30
North Miami Beach at Booker T. Washington, 3:30
Somerset ACHS (S.Homestead) at Everglades Prep (Florida city youth activities), 4:30
Hialeah at American, 5
Keys Gate Charter at Gulliver Prep, 5
Miami Coral Park at TERRA, 5
G Holmes Braddock at Ronald Reagan, 5
Miami Norland at Miami Carol City, 5
Mast Academy at Monsignor Edward Pace, 5
South Miami Senior at Westland High , 5
North Miami at Miami Beach, 5
Dr. Michael Krop at Miami Senior, 5
Miami Christian at Hialeah Gardens, 5
South Dade at Miami Sunset, 7:15
Miami Northwestern at Miami Central, 7:30
Mater Academy Charter at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning (FIU North Pool), 3
South Miami at Cutler Bay Academy (CUTLER BAY POOL), 3
Southwest Miami at Mast Academy (MAST Pool), 4
Coral Reef Senior at Miami Palmetto (MDCC-SOUTH), 5
Dr. Michael Krop at American (Country Club Of Miami), 3
Coral Gables at Terra Environment Research Institute (Miccosukee Golf Course), 3:30
Coral Reef Senior, G Holmes Braddock, Miami Coral Park at Ronald Reagan (Costa De La Sol), 3:30
Hialeah-Miami Lakes vs. Keys Gate (Harris), 3:30
Palm Glades Prep vs. Everglades Prep (Southridge), 7
Miami Jackson at Terra Environment Research Institute, 3:30
Mater Lakes at Miami Edison, 3:30
La Progresia at Hialeah Educational Academy, 3:30
Florida Christian at Archbishop Coleman Carroll, 3:30
Posnack Hebrew Day at Greater Miami Academy, 4
Homestead at Booker T. Washington, 4:30
Coral Gables at South Miami Senior, 5
Northwestern vs. Columbus (Tropical), 7
Southwest vs. Miami High (Curtis), 7
Coral Gables vs. South Dade (Harris), 7
Norland vs. American (Traz), 7
Westland Hialeah vs. Sunset (Southridge), 4
Miami Springs vs. Goleman (Milander), 7
Taravella at Cypress Bay, 7
Stranahan vs. Monarch (Coconut Creek), 7
Pompano Beach at Coral Glades, 7
NMB at Chaminade-Madonna, 4
Somerset Academy at Gulliver, 4
Belen vs. Marist (Dublin, Ireland),
Carol City at Oxbridge Academy, 7
Killian vs. Central (Traz), 7:30
Monsignor Pace vs. Booker T. (Curtis), 7:30
Doral vs. Reagan (Milander), 7:30
North Miami vs. Miami Beach (Memorial), 7
Krop at Southridge, 7:30
Mater Academy vs. S.Miami (Tropical), 3:30
Coral Reef vs. Palmetto (Tropical), 7:30
Edison vs. Homestead (Harris), 7:30
Coral Park at Hialeah Gardens, 3:30
Jackson at Jacksonville Bolles, 7
Hialeah at Naples Gulf Coast, 7
Westminster Christian at Sebring, 7
La Salle at Florida Christian, 7:30
Calusa Prep at Palmer Trinity, 4
Ransom Everglades at Marathon, 7
Coral Shores at Miami Country Day, 7:30
Pinecrest Prep at Somerset Canyons, 4
St. Thomas Aquinas at Miramar, 7
Don Bosco Prep (NJ) at American Heritage, 7:30
Flanagan at Coconut Creek, 7
Western at McArthur, 7
Boyd Anderson at Douglas, 7
Everglades at Cardinal Gibbons, 7
South Broward at Northeast, 7
Key West at Pines Charter, 7
Cooper City at Coral Springs, 7
Piper at South Plantation, 7
Plantation at Blanche Ely, 7
Hollywood Hills vs. West Broward (Flanagan), 7
Naples Golden Gate vs. Fort Lauderdale (Dillard), 7
Archbishop McCarthy at Westminster Academy, 7
Calvary Christian at Riviera Beach Inlet Grove, 7
ISB at University School, 7
N.Broward Prep vs. C.Springs Charter (Coral Glades), 7
Pine Crest at Belle Glade Glades Day, 7
Highlands Christian at Jupiter Christian, 7