Miami-Dade High Schools

Northwestern football holds on for victory over Carol City

Miami Northwestern faltered late against Carol City on Saturday night at Traz Powell Stadium, but held on for a 26-20, District 16-6A victory.

With 2:47 to play, Northwestern (3-0, 1-0) led 26-20. A fumble by freshman quarterback Chatarius Atwell gave Carol City (0-4, 0-1) the ball at the Bulls’ 20-yard line.

A 13-yard pass by quarterback Stephen Calvert set up first-and-goal. The Bulls defense held on all four downs to regain possession with under two minutes to play and secure the win.

“We never gave up. We continued to fight and found a way to win,” Bulls coach Eddie Brown said. “We have a young team and will take everything one week at a time.”

After trailing 12-6 at halftime, the Chiefs went ahead 14-12 on a 18-yard pass from Calvert to Leon Brown. The Bulls regained the lead on an improvised 55-yard fake punt touchdown run by punter Xavier Bailey.

Following a defensive stop, the Bulls scored on a 2-yard run by Kenyatta Griffin to take a 26-14 lead. Griffin led Northwestern with 62 rushing yards on 22 carries. Calvert led the Chiefs with 169 passing yards and three touchdowns.

▪ Champagnat Catholic 48, Dade Christian 7: Champagnat Catholic (2-1) routed host Dade Christian (2-2) in the District 8-2A opener. Champagnat scored on its first six possessions and also scored on a 20-yard punt block return by sophomore De’Vante Mitchell near the end of the first quarter.

Champagnat junior quarterback Kato Nelson finished with 336 passing yards and four touchdowns on 15-of-24 passing. Nelson rushed for an additional 84 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions’ defense had one interception and recovered five fumbles, three of them coming in the first quarter.


▪ Ronald Reagan 28, Hialeah 0: Ronald Reagan rushed for 299 yards, including 120 by Diego Mendoza, in a shutout of Hialeah. Mendoza scored on a 60-yard run in the first quarter to put Reagan ahead by two touchdowns.

Juan Saldarriaga scored two touchdowns, and ran for 54 yards. His 6-yard TD run up the middle salted the game away in the fourth quarter following a time-consuming drive. TJ Callen also scored on a 2-yard run for the Bison.

Hialeah’s Bobby Clersier rushed for 95 yards.


▪ Edison 54, Alonzo Mourning 0: Shaquan Brownlee scored four touchdowns to lead Edison past Mourning. Brownlee scored three times on the ground and once on a 42-yard punt return. He finished with only 17 yards rushing, but he amassed 158 yards on three long punt returns to pace the Red Raiders (3-0).

“We spend a lot of time on special teams,” Brownlee said. “We take a lot of pride in our return game.”

Thomas Eldridge led Edison with 74 yards rushing. Quarterback Malcolm Vigile was 6-of-7 passing with two scores.


▪ South Miami 12, Coral Park 8: Freshman Antoine Wright Jr. found Joshua Butler, usually a defensve back, for two second-half touchdown passes in South Miami’s victory over Coral Park at Tropical Park.

“It feels great,” Butler said. “I wasn’t expecting to go on offense, but coach [David] Gray put me in and I was happy and made plays, Coach had faith in me.”

The Cobras (1-2, 1-0 14-8A) stonewalled the Rams (0-3, 0-1) as time expired in the first half to keep the game scoreless.


▪ Coral Springs Charter 53, Arhcbishop Curley 0: Kalen Carson sparked a 21-point first quarter with three touchdowns as the Panthers outmatched Curley on the road. Carson opened the scoring with a 46-touchdown reception from David Vozzola and then added a 3-yard touchdown run and 80-yard touchdown run. Calvin Jackson Jr. broke off a 34-yard touchdown run to open the second quarter.


▪ Palmer Trinity 7, Cornerstone 0: Dylan DiBello’s 55-yard touchdown pass to Guillermo Bonet midway in the fourth quarter held up as the Falcons escaped with the victory. Bonet also had an interception and Chad Serrate added another interception to seal the victory.

▪ Coral Shores 20, Benjamin 17: Oxbridge 38, Archbishop McCarthy 20: Anthony Rey rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown in the loss for the Mavericks (2-2).

▪ Keys Gate 48, Everglades Prep 0: Demetrius Ollie Mingo rushed for 134 yards ont 8 carries and added an interception to lead Keys Gate. Juan Sanchez had two interceptions and eight tackles. Raymond Gage had 2 reception for 107 yards and one interception.

▪ Mater 14, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 6: The Mater Academy defense could not get a shutout, but it did not allow the Trojans a first down at Monsignor Edward Pace High School in the teams’ first District 16-7A game. In the first quarter, Simino Walden scored the touchdown for HML (1-3, 0-1) on a short slant pass from Tacarrius Brown. It was the second touchdown of the season for the Trojans.


Behind a second-place finish by Pine Crest seventh grade standout Tsion Yared, the second-ranked Panthers girls’ cross-country team stated its case for the top spot in the poll by winning the University of Florida Mountain Dew Invitational on Saturday. While the Panthers’ two-time defending Class 2A individual state champion Julia Montgomery is still the face of the Pine Crest program Yared’s breakthrough season has given defending Class 2A state team champion Jacksonville Bolles another No.1 runner to worry about.

“Tsion’s improvement is a combination of her getting strong and faster from track season and the work she put in over the Summer,” Panthers coach Paul Baur said. “Tsion is still progressing. She and Julia will continue to push each other. It’s great that they have somebody of similar ability to train with. That sets the tone for the rest of the team. Everybody else has to step up.”

Yared ran a personal-best 18:08 to supplant the then state-leading 18:18 she ran at the Martin County Invitational but St. Thomas Aquinas’ Alexa Cruz, the reigning Class 4A state champion took over the top spot in Florida with a personal-best 17:56. Cruz easily surpassed her previous personal best (18:02) set last season when she led the Raiders to its second consecutive Class 4A state title.

Reigning Class 3A state champion Belen Jesuit kept its undefeated record intact by winning the Mountain Dew boys title. Ryan Rodriguez ran a season-best 15:31 to finish third overall and pace the Wolverines, who finished with a season-best 16:19 average. Reigning Class 4A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas finished second and Class 3A power Pines Charter finished third. Sunset’s Nick Diaz won the boys’ individual race in 15:21.

Mountain Dew Invitational results - Top 25 Dade and Broward finishers - Boys: 1. Nick Diaz (Sunset) 15:21, 3. Rodriguez (MBJ) 15:31, 7. B. Statham (STA) 15:54, 9. Gimenz-Beron (PPC) 16:01, 14. Lopez (MBJ) 16:08, 16. Freire (Col) 16:17, 17. Zayas (MBJ) 16:22, 18. Ramcharran (Doug) 16:23, 20. C. Penaranda (PPC) 16:24, 22. D. Penaranda (PPC) 16:29, 23. Breslin (STA)16:29. Girls: 1. Alexa Cruz (STA) 17:56, 2. Yared (PC) 18:08, 13. Montgomery (PC) 19:03, 16. Schloss (STA) 19:13, 20. M. Yared (PC) 19:27.



▪ Palmetto d. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 25-16, 25-7: Adie Arill 19 assists, Ashley Thompson 10 kills; Palmetto d. SLAM Charter 25-4, 25-5: Natalia Ucros 7 aces. Emily Lamacchia 9 digs; Palmetto d. Pinecrest Prep 25-12, 25-13: Natalia Ucros 15 assists, Ashley Thompson 10 kills; Palmetto d. Alonzo Morning 17-25, 25-21, 17-15: Addie Arill 20 assists. Alexis Ceballos 8 kills, 11 digs. Pal 9-5.


▪ St. Thomas d. Fort Myers 25-18; 25-23: Nikki Lyons: 16 kills, 1 block, 5 digs, 3 service points; St. Thomas Aquinas d. Tampa Prep 22-25; 25-21; 25-14: Brook Bauer: 12 kills, 2 digs, 4 service points; Boca High d. St. Thomas Aquinas 25-22; 21-25; 25-23: Kara Mason: 7 kills, 5 digs, 2 blocks, 3 aces, 9 service points. STA 11-3.


▪ Boone d. Cardinal Gibbons 25-21, 25-20: Daniella Molinari: 6 kills, 6 blocks, 4 digs, 1 assist, 2 service points; Bailey Pearlman: 5 kills, 3 blocks, 9 digs. Silver Bracket Semifinal -

▪ Cardinal Gibbons d. Wellington 25-18, 24-26, 15-12: Franci Sequani: 7 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs; Maggie Macek: 9 kills, 2 blocks, 3 digs. Silver Bracket Final - Cardinal Gibbons d. Pompano 25-21, 25-23; Sarah Martin: 13 assists, 4 digs, 8 kills, 5 blocks, 3 service points; Kassie Akouri-Tejedor: 14 assists, 5 digs, 10 service points, 4 aces. CG 11-3.


▪ Suns Invitational - Girls results - 200 Medley Relay: 1. South Florida HEAT 2:03.76; 200 Freestyle: 1. Lyn (US) 1:59.50; 200 IM: 1. Rodriguez (CG) 2:30.43; 50 Freestyle: 1. Kopas (US) 24.82; 1 meter Diving: Goldstein (US) 425.25; 100 Butterfly: 1. Contich (CalvChr) 1:03.33; 100 Freestyle: 1. Botting (SFH) 59.25; 500 Freestyle: 1. Brannan (AH) 5:27.40; 200 Freestyle Relay: 1. South Florida HEAT 1:46.47; 100 Backstroke: 1. Kopas (US) 59.35; 100 Breaststroke: 1. Botting (SFH) 1:14.59; 400 Freestyle Relay: 1. University School 3:52.62. Top three girls teams: University School 545, Boca Raton 464, American Heritage 383. Boys results – 200 Medley Relay: 1. American Heritage 1:48.00; 200 Freestyle: 1. Garcia (AH) 1:44.55; 200 IM: 1. Pereira (US) 1:57.51; 50 Freestyle: 1. Eaddy (AH) 22.15; 1 meter Diving: 1. Allen (CG) 509.70; 100 Butterfly: 1. Garcia (AH) 53.58; 100 Freestyle: 1. Pinon (AH) 48.30; 500 Freestyle: 1. Medina (AH) 4:47.64; 200 Freestyle Relay: 1. University School 1:31.93;100 Backstroke: 1. Bohorquez (AH) 56.22; 100 Breaststroke: 1. Pereira (US) 1:01.00; 400 Freestyle Relay: 1. American Heritage 3:12.91. Top three boys’ teams: American Heritage 680.50, University School 472, Boca raton 418.50.