Miami-Dade High Schools

Sunset Knights turning heads after pair of wins to start the season

It was an important play early on: Palmetto quarterback Hugh Lowson, on fourth down, lofted a high pass to 6-3 receiver John Charlemangne.

But Sunset cornerback Tariq Peters — all of 5-3 — was there near his goal line to bat down the first-quarter pass.

“My main objective is to get respect on this field,” Peters said.

Mission accomplished for Peters and the Sunset Knights, who reached high and routed Palmetto 31-13 Thursday afternoon at Southridge.

Sunset’s first-year coach Joseph Petisco said he believes this is the first time his alma mater has ever beaten Palmetto.

Sunset, which opened in 1977, is 2-0 this season, which is twice as many wins as the program has had in each of the past four years.

Thursday’s win also served as vindication for Petisco, who played for Sunset from 1998 to 2001.

“Those guys (Palmetto) used to beat me up pretty bad when I was a player,” Petisco said. “To get a win against them … We just want to open people’s eyes.”

The Knights did just that against Palmetto (0-2), taking a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never trailing.

Sunset had two touchdowns called back because of first-half penalties or the score might have been more lopsided. As it was, the Knights got three touchdowns from running back Curtis Doctor, including 18- and 48-yard pass plays from quarterback Ludavic Saintvil. Doctor’s third score came on a three-yard run.

Doctor ran for 65 yards and had 131 from scrimmage. Saintvil ran for a game-high 68 yards and passed for 152. And running back Keenan Bullard added 66 yards and one touchdown.

Sunset’s secondary — led by Peters and his twin brother, Tarik, as well as Steven Cruz, who had an interception — was another bright spot.

And while the Knights may be an early surprise to some so far this season, Petisco isn’t shocked at all. Before the game, when discussing Sunset’s futility against the Panthers, he confidently said: “We’re about to [beat Palmetto].”

He was right.

Varela 53, Coral Park 25:

Vargas made the most of his six carries, finishing with 121 yards. His two scores were from 34 and 48 yards out. Guevara went for 72 yards on 10 rushes while is backfield mate, Julian Harris, took nine carries for 40 yards and another touchdown.

“[Guevara] is shifty. He reads well. He has a little bit of a burst,” Varela coach Carlos Mollinedo said. “Harris has good vision. He runs low to the ground. He’s our power back, but he’s got some breakaway speed.”

Varela (1-1) scored twice on special teams. Andrew Williams took the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and one of Guevara’s scores came on a 65-yard punt return that he picked up off a bounce.

Marquez Davis ran for 210 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown, on 19 carries for Coral Park (0-2) in the losing effort.

David Furones


American (5-0, 3-0) d. Westland Hialeah (0-2, 0-2) (25-19, 25-11, 25-18). AM:

Killian d. Southridge (25-15; 25-11; 25-13). K: K:

Florida Christian d. Keys Gate (25-7 25-10 25-9). FC:

Riviera Prep d. Dade Christian (25- 15, 25-23, 22-25, 25-16).

North Miami Beach d. Central (25-17, 25-17, 25-20). NMB:

Mourning d. Miami Springs (25-22, 25-15, 25-15). ATM:

Monarch d. Ft. Lauderdale (25-19, 25-6, 25-16). M: M:

Miami Beach d. Miami High (22-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-11). MB:

Westminster d. Pinecrest Prep (25-8, 25-4, 25-8). WCS: WCS:

Coral Reef d. Sunset (25-18, 25-17, 25-14). CR:


King of the Hill Season Opener. Top Overall: Top Individuals:

Krop (host), Miami beach, ATM, and Palmetto. Place:

Top 3: 1. Lylia Jiang (P). Samantha Piedrahita (A). 3. Clarissa Islam (A). Boys called due to lightning.


Top Individual: 1. Alyssa Pujals (Gulliver Prep), 2. Sabrina Quijano (Lourdes), 3. Lauren Gavulic (Ferguson), 4. Emily Castella (Lourdes), 5. Briana Vergara (Coral Reef), 6. Rachel Osman (Coral Reef), 7. Meylin Muniz (Doral Academy), 8. Calyope Ortega (Lourdes), 9. Lianna Farnesi (Lourdes), 10. Andrea Gongora (Lourdes), 11. Nicole Lopez (Lourdes), 12. Isabella Allen (Miami Country Day), 13. Melissa Melchor (Ferguson), 14. Erin Mullin-Garcia (Lourdes), 15. Carla Rodriguez (Coral Reef), 16. Alexis Clay (Coral Gables), 17. Jinal Mickens (Mater Academy), 18. Alexandra Smith (Lourdes), 19. Emily Acosta (Mater Academy), 20. Victoria Rodriguez (Lourdes).


Killian 233, Sunset 260, Braddock 269.

Columbus 151, Belen 159. Col: Bel: Col:

Palmetto 148, Coral Gables 190. P: CG:

University School 157, Chaminade-Madonna 161. CM: US:

Calvary Christian 157, Westminster Christian 174. CC: WC:

Ransom Everglades 168, Riviera Prep 197. RE: RP:

Palmer Trinity (+15), Westminster Academy (+17). PT: WA:


Coral Gables 193, Palmetto 194. P: CG: CG:


Braddock 72 - American 72.


Braddock 76 - American 37.



Archbishop McCarthy vs. Inlet Grove (Inlet Grove), 7:00

Cypress Bay vs. Boyd Anderson (B.A.), 7:00

Calvary Christian vs. Pope John Paul II (Pope John Paul II), 7:00

Everglades vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Gibbons), 7:00

Chaminade-Madonna vs. Monsignor Pace (Pace), 7:30

Coral Reef vs. Cooper City (Cooper), 7:00

Benjamin vs. Coral Springs Charter (Coral Glades), 7:00

Dillard vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield), 7:00

South Broward vs. Douglas (Douglas), 7:00

Fort Lauderdale vs. Flanagan (Flanagan), 7:00

Hollywood Hills vs. Hallandale (Hallandale), 7:00

Highlands Christian vs. Palmer Trinity (Palmer), 4:00

Stranahan vs. McArthur (McArthur), 7:00

Monarch vs. Nova (Nova), 7:00

Jupiter Christian vs. North Broward Prep (N.Brow.Prep), 7:00

Pine Crest vs. Kings Academy (Wpb King), 7:00

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Doral Academy (Doral), 7:00

Plantation vs. Taravella (Piper), 7:00

Somerset Academy vs. Braden River (Braden River), 7:30

Western vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 7:00

University School vs. Key West (Key West), 7:30

Westminster Academy vs. Florida Christian (Florida Christian), 7:30

Pompano Beach vs. Ransom Everglades (Ransom Everglades), 7:30

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