Frank Ladson put the black jersey with yellow lettering on over his powder blue dress shirt and smiled.
A life-long dream of his has finally become reality.
Ladson, a top receiver at South Dade and the fourth-ranked prospect in the state of Florida according to the 247Sports Composite, was recognized as an All-American during a Wednesday morning pep rally at his school.
“This is really exciting,” Ladson, a Clemson Tigers commit, said. “I’ve been watching this game for years. I know players like Odell Beckham played in this game. It’s a real big moment for me and my family.”
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The All-American Bowl will take place on Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Ladson has more pressing matters to deal with first, starting Friday night with a Region 4-8A playoff semifinal against Southridge. It’s a rematch of their final district game from Oct. 26, one in which Southridge defeated South Dade 15-13 to clinch the District 16-8A title and homefield advantage in at least the first two rounds of the state playoffs.
“I want to go out with a real bang,” Ladson said. “I’m going to give it my all for the rest of the season. Every game is win or go home. I’m trying to make it to the state game.”
▪ Cardinal Gibbons: Caitlyn Faber (volleyball, Belmont Abbey), Alysa Vazquez (soccer, American University)
▪ Cooper City: Kathleen Golding (swimming, University of Florida), Olivia Lewis (soccer, UCF)
▪ Gulliver Prep: Emily Cordovi (swimming, Florida State), Olivia Hernandez (swimming, Southern Methodist)
▪ Pine Crest: Maddie Fowler (volleyball, Rice)
▪ Miami Beach d. Southwest 6-0: Jose Almanza 2 goals; Kevin Giraldo 1 goal, 1 assist; Daniel Granda 1 goal, 1 assist; Pascal Gomez 1 goal; Franklin Rivero 1 goal; William Garzon 1 assist; Axl Lopez 1 assist; Lucas Prodromou solo shutout; MB 1-0-0.
▪ LaSalle d. Delray American Heritage 2-0: Shaun Cruz goal; Franco Pafumi goal; LaSalle 1-0-0.
▪ Westminster Christian d. Pinecrest Prep 7-1: Jack Butler 3 goals; Renzo Brambilla 2 goals; Alex Brijbag 3 assists; Emilio Aliaga 1 goal; Matias Gutierrez 1 assist; Matias Zuniga 1 assist; WCS 1-0-0.
▪ Belen Jesuit d. TERRA 2-0: Jayson Repine 1 goal; Ethan Naos 1 goal. Belen 1-0-0.
▪ Columbus ties Miami High 1-1; COL: Julian Sara goal; Eduardo Cardonne 5 saves. COL 0-0-1.
▪ University School d. Pace 8-0: Sebastian Baredes 3 goals; Liam Borbely 2 goals; Simon Mertnoff shutout; USchool 1-0-0.
▪ Calvary Christian d. Highlands Christian Academy 5-2: Isaac Bass 2 goals; Nick McBean 2 goals; Anthony Calbo 1 goal; CC 1-0-0.
▪ Ransom Everglades d. International Studies Charter 7-1: Lucas Fernandes 1 goal, 2 assists; Dillan Kaye 1 goal, 1 assist; RE 1-0-0.
▪ Palmer Trinity d. Somerset Silver Palms 8-0: Luis Sosa 2 goals; Klever Rosales 1 goal, 1 assist; Alberto Francheschi 1 goal, 1 assist; Jonathon Ludwig, Francesco Cimo, Oscar Anzola and Joao Almeida 1 goal each; PTS 1-0-0.
▪ South Dade d. MCCS 5-0: Ricardo Herrera 3 goals, Elijah Cheng 1 goal, Steven Arreola 1 goal, 2 assists; Angel Munoz shutou; SD 1-0-0.
▪ Cardinal Gibbons d. Pompano 2-1: Grant Valinski 2 goals; Christian Quinones 1 assist; CG: 1-0-0.
▪ Doral Academy d. Reagan 3-1: Christopher Rodriguez, David Lopez and Matias Barraza 1 goal each. DA: 1-0-0.
▪ Coral Reef d. Palmetto 3-2: CR: Tianna Rivera 2 goals, 1 assist; Jada Richardson 1 goal; CR 1-0-0
▪ Archbishop McCarthy d. Miami Country Day 7-0: Sofia Mallardi 1 goal, 2 assists; Jordyn Pitter 2 goals; Sophia Goetz 2 goals; Lili Katz 1 goal, 1 assist; Adriana Duque 1 goal; Eliana Ramirez 2 assists; Kelly Hastings 1 assist; Natalia Perez 1 assist; Jordyn Gifford and Isa Quintero combined shutout. AM 1-0-0.
▪ Miami Springs d. South Broward 7-0: Gabi Cimino 5 goals, 1 assist; Jazmine Romay 1 goal, 2 assists; Ashley Romay 1 goal, 1 assist; Miami Springs 1-0-0
▪ Cardinal Gibbons d. Pompano 7-0: Alysa Vazquez 3 goals; Jen Mire 4 goals; Maya Alicea 2 assists. CG:1-0-0.
▪ Miami Beach d. Southwest 3-1: Victoria Berdun 1 goal; Tatian Godoy 1 goal; Julia Silva 1 goal, 1 assist; Victoria Powell 1 assist; MB 1-0-0.
▪ Calvary Christian d. Jupiter Christian 2-0; Jade Euell 2 goals; Katie Ramsay 1 assist; Rachel Wendt shutout; CC 1-0-0.
▪ Ransom Everglades d. Pine Crest 3-1: Lindsay Gould 2 goals; Mather Davidson 1 goal, 1 assist; Rachel Simkovic 1 assist; RE 1-0-0.
▪ Killian d. Southridge 9-1
▪ St. Thomas Aquinas d. North Fort Myers 3-1: Shay Miedema 2 goals; Isabella Piso 1 goal, 1 assist; Milan Pierre-Jerome 1 assist. STA: 1-0-0.