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Miramar High School football coach Matthew Strout resigns

Miramar running back Travonte Franklin gains a first down against the Flanagan defense during the first half, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.
Miramar running back Travonte Franklin gains a first down against the Flanagan defense during the first half, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Sun Sentinel

If Miramar is to make a run to this year’s Class 8A state championship, it will do so without coach Matthew Strout.

After leading Miramar to a 5-3 record in his first season as the Patriots coach, Strout told the Miami Herald on Tuesday night he has resigned from that position.

“I have resigned for personal reasons effective immediately,” Strout said. “I wish everyone at Miramar continued success, and I thank them for the opportunity they gave me.”

Miramar athletic director Horatio Major said Tuesday night that the school has named defensive coordinator A.J. Scott as its interim coach.

“We’re going to go forward with A.J. for now and go from there,” Major said.

Strout was promoted to coach this season after one year as an assistant after longtime former coach Damon Cogdell accepted a coaching position at the University of West Virginia. Strout spent one season at South Miami before working at Miramar.

The Patriots play host to Cypress Bay at 7 p.m. Friday in a crucial district game. The winner of that game clinches the runner-up berth in District 12-8A. The loser is eliminated from postseason contention.

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