What a difference seven days makes.
One week after a near-embarrassing season-opening performance that saw them get throttled by rival Hialeah (42-0), the Golden Hawks of Miami Springs enjoyed entirely different fortunes Thursday night.
Hosting Sunset in a District 16-7A opener for both teams, the Hawks, on the strength of big plays all night, turned in a solid 27-6 victory over the Knights at Milander Stadium.
“Tonight was big for us,” said Springs head coach Darryel Bethune. “After what happened to us last week, we really needed something good to happen out there to try and get our confidence back and get the season back on track. We still struggled a little bit offensively and had our share of miscues (Springs had 16 penalties for 150 yards) so we still need to get some things cleaned up but you would rather be doing that after a win like we had tonight than after last week.”
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Bethune watched his defense and special teams come up with big plays to bookend their opening touchdown and final touchdown with two big offensive plays in between.
And it was linebacker Keanu Herring and defensive back Keith Ramos who turned into quite a combination. Herring’s sack of Sunset quarterback Ulish Roland Jr. midway through the first quarter caused a fumble and Ramos was right there to pick up the loose ball for a scoop and score 15 yard touchdown to give the Hawks a 6-0 lead.
Then came the fourth quarter and, with the Hawks up 19-0, Herring broke free on a Sunset punt and partially blocked it. The ball rolled around and who was there to scoop it up and take off? Ramos, who rambled 45 yards for the touchdown to wrap the game up.
“I was just in the right place at the right time and it was all about my teammates making big plays,” said Ramos, who celebrated his 18th birthday in style. “I’m just glad to do my part, but us finding a way to get a win however we needed to do it tonight was huge after what happened last week.”
In between, Springs quarterback David Moore fired a pair of touchdown passes. First was a 61 yarder to Gabriel Patterson midway through the second quarter followed by a second score, a 22-yard to Bryan Posada, who juked three different Sunset defenders on his way to the end zone.
The Hawks defense, thanks mainly to six sacks, two by Herring, shut the Knights offense down most of the night holding them to 160 yards of total offense. Only a late 12-yard scoring pass from Manny Raigoso to James Miller kept Springs from recording the shutout.
▪ Pace d. Somerset Silver Palms 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-9): Tabi Lins 9 kills, 12 digs, 6 service points; Yanitiza Marrero 2 service points, 6 kills, 5 digs; Vanessa Perez-Robles 23 assists, 8 digs, 11 service points
▪ Riviera Prep d. Florida Christian 3-0 (25-10, 25-10, 25-17): Julia Garcia 17 assists, 3 digs, 2 service points; Jenna Weber 8 kills, 4 digs; Sophie Meagher 6 kills, 4 blocks
▪ Scheck Hillel d. Hebrew Academy 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-11): Tatiana Wainer 12 kills, 4 service points; Shira Sredni 10 kills, 2 service points; Amanda Scheck 23 assists, 2 service points
▪ St. Brendan d. Terra 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-6): Emily Diaz 10 Kills, 9 Digs; Isabella Kouri 9 Aces, 7 Digs; Valentina Mayz 22 Assists, 3 digs.; SB 2-0
▪ Coral Reef d. Killian 3-1 (25-17, 16-25, 25-22, 25-15): Coralie Berret 20 assists; Stefany Desroches 11 kills; Dalayni Eitenne 8 kills, 6 blocks, 4 service points. CR 3-0
▪ South Dade d. Palmetto 173-177; SD: John Weiss Jr. 38, Wyatt Leach 38; Palmetto: Justin Raven 40; SD 2-0
▪ American Heritage d. St. Thomas Aquinas 290-314: AH: Luke Clanton 69, Gabreil Hegerstrom 72, Jackson Kustin 74, Jude Kim 75, Adamo DeTullio 77, Andres Barraza 81; STA: Jake Googstat 75, Chase Caterbone 78, Nick Diaz 78, Ryan Dever 83, RJ Burns 87, Ben Weins 87
▪ Palmetto d. Coral Reef 96-74: 50 free Jose Hermina (CR); 500 free Dominic Bono (CR); 200 IM relay Palmetto; 200 IM Jacob Wienants (Palm)
▪ Coral Reef d. Palmetto 110-60: 200 IM relay Coral Reef; 200 free Sidney Starman (CR); 100 freestyle Annabelle Colon (CR); 200 IM Valeria Strohmeier (Palm); 100 back Madison Shain
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
▪ Archbishop McCarthy 40, Doctors Charter 89, Marathon 94, Miami Country Day 98, Florida Christian 105, Hebrew Academy 141, Westminster Academy 142, Hillel 229; Top individuals: Jonathan Pitchford (Marathon) 17:13.35, Thomas Rodriguez (Archbishop McCarthy) 17:14.18, Rashid Julian (Florida Christian) 17:16.70
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Miami Country Day 19, Marathon 52, Hebrew Academy 71, Hillel 97; Top individuals: Lauren McGaffic (Miami Country Day) 21:34.16, Rashid Abigail (Florida Christian) 22:24.46, Katrina Cepek (Archbishop McCarthy) 23:51.69
▪ Ferguson d. Krop 4-3: Ferguson high games Nelson Mariscal 212, Aramis Martinez 200; Ferguson high series Gabriel Pérez 527, Nelson Mariscal 526; Ferguson 1-0
▪ Braddock d. South Dade 7-0: Braddock high game Andrew Soriano 232; Braddock high series Andrew Soriano 639; South Dade high game Zachary Reim 158; South Dade high series Zachary Reim 320
▪ Ferguson d. Krop 7-0: Ferguson high game Megan Morales 187; Ferguson high series Megan Morales 491; Krop high game Marissa Maney 142; Krop high series Marissa Maney 371; Ferguson 1-0
▪ Braddock d. South Dade 7-0: Braddock high game Alexa Hernandez 256; Braddock high series Katrina Hernandez 661; South Dade high game Karah Atkins 116; South Dade high series Karah Atkins 331
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