Miami-Dade High Schools

Coral Gables hangs on to beat Carol City 14-12 in season opener

Miami Carol City 's Montrell Newton chases Coral Gables’ Kevin Romer in the first half at Traz Powell Stadium on August 27, 2015.
Miami Carol City 's Montrell Newton chases Coral Gables’ Kevin Romer in the first half at Traz Powell Stadium on August 27, 2015. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Above even wins and losses, Coral Gables coach Roger Pollard wants his team to learn from its tough early season schedule.

Thanks mainly to a couple of big plays by junior all-around athlete Kevin Romer, the Cavaliers came away with a productive lesson and a 14-12 victory over Carol City Thursday night at Traz Powell Stadium.

“We hung on by a thread, a very thin thread, but we hung on and it’s a great way to start this season,” said Pollard, whose team faces South Dade and Killian over the next two weeks. “I almost think a loss would have helped us learn more because we got a little tired in the second half. Our defense played great and we made some big plays on special teams especially Kevin Romer.”

Pollard went on to repeat Romer’s name a few more times.

Coral Gables tops host Carol City 14-12 at Traz Powell Stadium in Miami on Aug. 27, 2015.

It is likely Carol City (0-1) will be too for the next couple of days.

Even though the Chiefs outgained Coral Gables 421 yards to 172, it was Romer’s two big scoring plays that tilted the game in the Cavaliers’ favor.

Coral Gables quarterback Voshon Waiters deserves partial credit for Romer’s first big play as he shook free of the Carol City pass rush and hit Romer in stride for an 80-yard touchdown that gave the Cavaliers (1-0) a 7-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

Romer broke free in the Chiefs’ secondary, snagged the pass and outran everyone to the end zone. He did the same thing after fielding the opening kickoff of the second half as he sped 89 yards down the field to give Gables a 14-0 lead.

“Romer is our heart and soul,” Pollard said. “He told the guys all day it’s about how we practice. He’s a three-year Cavalier and is totally dedicated to improving himself.”

Carol City moved the ball well in the second half, but untimely penalties and red zone futility sabotaged promising drives. Two Carol City running backs - Cameron Davis (15 carries for 130 yards) and Darnell Rolle (14 carries, 103 yards) - surpassed the 100-yard mark and Nayquan Wright ran for 80 yards on 11 attempts.

Senior quarterback Steven “Buckshot” Calvert connected on two third quarter touchdown passes. The first was a 42-yarder to Victor Tucker. The second was a 30-yarder to Montray Smith.

But without a kicker, the Chiefs attempted a two-point conversion on each score and failed each time.

Calvert nearly threw a third touchdown pass that would have given Carol City the lead with under three minutes left. But on 4th and 11 at the Gables 14, Calvert fired a pass under pressure that short hopped just a couple of inches before Tucker could scoop it up for a score.

Gables running back Amir Rasul, who finished with 71 yards on 20 carries, picked up a key first down on a 16-yard run and a costly unnecessary roughness penalty granted the Cavaliers another, allowing them to run out the clock after Carol City spent its timeouts.

Gables’ defense, which played without three injured starters including rush end Shakur Cooper, made some big players including an interception early by Kristopher Moll that ended the Chiefs first march into the red zone.

“The list goes on and on and all those guys on defense flew around and had a bend but don’t break mentality,” Pollard said. “We have a lot of work to do though before we play next week against South Dade.”

MORE FOOTBALL

▪ Pompano Beach 48, Highlands Christian 0: Logan Good was 10 of 12 for 128 yards and three touchdowns while John Padgett ran for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns for the host Tornadoes — who have won nine straight dating to last season.

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

▪ St. Thomas Aquinas d. Monarch 25-12, 25-18, 25-18: Emma Dixon 9 kills; Kelsey O'Loughlin 13 assists. STA 3-0.

▪ Miami High d. American 25-12, 25-11, 25-7: Prissila Green 5 kills, 8 assists; Alicia Espinosa 12 assists, 6 aces; Nathaly Fernandez 8 kills, 4 aces.

▪ Cardinal Gibbons d. Western 25-23, 25-14, 25-21: Bailey Pearlman 10 kills; Sarah Martin 10 points, 11 digs, 18 assists. CG 2-0.

▪ Coral Gables d. South Miami 25-19, 25-11, 25-9: Taylor Fay 7 aces, 5 assists; Carolina Novy 5 aces, 5 kills.

▪ Flanagan d. Nova 25-11, 11-25, 25-15, 25-16: Maria Calderon (N) 10 assists; Kayla Ogden (N) 6 blocks; Morgan Henderson (N) 5 kills.

▪ Florida Christian d. Archimedean 25-16, 23-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-8: Brittany Beckelheimer 21 kills; Dani Cerboncini 14 points, 10 digs; Karina Tohme 13 kills. FC 1-0.

▪ South Dade d. Mater Academy 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-21: Nicole Bryant 24 Kills; Nicole Lopez 34 assists; Tabitha Rodriguez 7 kills; Chantel Jean 9 digs.

▪ Highlands Christian d. Calusa Prep 25-10, 25-12, 25-6: Jordana Olivera 9 points, 8 kills; Christine Barnard 20 points, 8 aces, 10 assists. HiC 2-0.

▪ Coral Reef d. Southridge 25-3, 25-4, 25-7: Alana Arabitg 10 aces; Lisa Mesa 5 aces; Lexie Mesa 5 aces. CR 2-0.

▪ Pine Crest d. NPB Benjamin 25-15, 25-20, 25-16: Brianna Bruny 6 kills; Kylie Bruder 23 assists, 7 digs. PC 2-0.

▪ St. Brendan d. La Salle 25-14, 25-19, 25-11: Sophia Sires 25 assists; Caro Caram 7 kills; Natalie Perez 5 kills. StB 2-0.

▪ Boca Raton d. Divine Savior 19-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-21: Alejandra Rodriguez 19 kills, 17 digs; Bianca Wynter 4 kills; Ana Sofia Diaz 25 assists.

▪ Pace d. Hialeah Miami Lakes 25-14, 25-15, 25-16: Sophia Gonzalez 15 digs, 11 kills; Janelle Rodriquez 11 assists, 10 points; Lauren Hofmann 16 digs.

▪ Archbishop McCarthy d. Florida Christian 25-13, 25-20, 25-23: Sahara Aqui 10 kills; Valentina Caicedo 8 pts, 15 digs; Victoria Boudreaux 6 points, 7 digs. McC 1-0.

▪ Miami Beach d. Miami Springs 25-22, 25-18, 13-25, 26-24: Nicole Goetz 11 kills; Maryah Dinane 6 kills; Ornella Borsieri 19 digs; Vicki Gillette 23 assists. MB 2-0.

▪ University School d. Dade Christian 25-18, 14-25, 25-21, 25-18: Selin Kilinc 4 blocks; Katelyn Barclay 10 aces, 13 digs.

▪ Killian d. South Dade 25-12, 25-18, 25-15: Cassidy Barker 4 kills; Skyler Anderson 6 digs; Ryann Puente 20 assists. Kil 1-1.

▪ Hialeah Gardens d. North Miami 25-8, 25-23, 26-24: Enaili Delgado 20 assists, 9 service points; Michelle Yang 15 points, 15 digs; Christina Lorenzo 10 kills. HG 1-1.

▪ Chaminade-Madonna d. Mourning 25-5, 25-15, 25-16: Sophia Franzosa 16 points, 11 assists; Carly Price 11 assists, 9 points. CM 1-0.

▪ Palmer Trinity d. Terra 25-7, 25-11, 25-13: Ashley Quero 7 kills, 3 blocks; Julietta Hamilton 38 assists, 6 kills; Grace Seide 7 kills, 4 blocks.

BOYS’ GOLF

▪ Ransom Everglades 160; Coral Gables 174; Riviera Prep 186 at Biltmore G.C. (par 35): Tomas Nieves (CG) 34; Jake Beber-Frankel (RE) 36; Ian Shapiro (Riv) 36.

▪ North Broward 170, Boca Christian 256 at Ocean Breeze North (par 37): Shiao 41, Z.Sumislaski 42, Rauch 43, Turetzky 44. NB 1-0.

▪ Palmetto 170, Killian 244 – Palm: Jordan Laklak 42; Jason Bouchard 42; Garett Williams 43; Thomas Rueda 43. Kil: Arthur Abidin 55; Riley Granada 56.

▪ Belen 154, Columbus 159 at Doral Gold (par 36) – Bel: AJ Martinez 37; Leo Herrera 38; Enrique Vila 39; Andrew Cecol 40; Nick Vega 40; Christian Lastre 50. Cbs: Roberto Nieves 39; Sharif Amastha 39; Jake Moscoso 40; Rafa Martinez 41; Javi Rodriguez 41; Tyler Whitney 45.

GIRLS’ GOLF

Led by a 3-over-par 74 from Brooke Benedetto, the Archbishop McCarthy girls’ golf team won its own tournament Friday on the Jacaranda Country Club’s east course in Weston. Viera finished a stroke back of the Mavericks and finished second.

Freshman Daniella Spillert from Our Lady of Lourdes won the individual title, shooting a 3-under 68 to win the championship by five strokes.

▪ Lady Maverick Invitational at Jacaranda CC, East (par 71) — Teams: 1. Archbishop McCarthy 309; 2. Viera 310; 3. Cypress Bay 315; 4. NPB Benjamin 317; 5. Naples Barron Collier 328; 7. Carrollton 358; 9. Douglas 378; 10. Lourdes 382. Individuals: 1. Daniella Spillert (Lour) 68; 2. Sophia Liu (Via) 73; 2. Virginia Paglialunga (NBP) 73; 4. Brooke Benedetto (McC) 74; 4. Tanya Ethakotti (Carr) 74; 4. Taylor Rajeski (Vie) 74; 4. Amanda Leslie (Doug) 74; 8. Julia Matzat (McC) 75; 9. Samantha Brimhall (Vie) 76; 10. Hannah Foster (Ben) 77; 10. Josephina Haupt (CBay) 77; 10. Kendall Griffin (Seb) 77; 10. Pheobe Beber-Frankel (RE) 77.

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

FOOTBALL

Columbus vs. Jackson (Traz), 3:30

Chaminade-Madonna at Belen, 4

Southwest vs. Coral Park (Southridge), 4

Champagnat Catholic at Westminster Christian, 4

Pinecrest Prep at Archbishop Carroll, 4

Miami Community Charter at Archbishop Curley, 4

Douglas at Flanagan, 7

Dillard vs. Stranahan (South Plantation), 7

Cypress Bay at Deerfield Beach, 7

Cardinal Gibbons vs. Plantation (PAL), 7

University School at Nova, 7

Boyd Anderson at South Broward, 7

Everglades at Coral Springs, 7

Taravella at McArthur, 7

Northeast at Piper, 7

Fort Lauderdale at Punta Gorda Charlotte, 7

Somerset at Moore Haven, 7

Coral Springs Charter at Palm Beach Benjamin, 7

Naples Barron Collier at Archbishop McCarthy, 7

Village Academy at North Broward Prep, 7

Westminster Academy at Kings Academy, 7

Pine Crest at Boca Pope John Paul II, 7

Gulliver at Oxbridge Academy, 7

Dade Christian at Fort Myers Canterbury, 7

Reagan vs. Miami Beach (Memorial), 7

Goleman at Western, 7

Doral at Pembroke Pines Charter, 7

Calvary Christian at Florida Christian, 7:30

Northwestern vs. American (Traz), 7:30

Edison at Southridge, 7:30

North Miami vs. Miami High (Curtis), 7:30

Ferguson vs. Homestead (Harris), 7:30

Krop vs. Mourning (N. Miami), 7:30

Hialeah-Miami Lakes at Monsignor Pace, 7:30

Westland Hialeah vs. Hialeah Gardens (Milander), 7:30

Palmer Trinity at Ransom Everglades, 7:30

Tavernier Coral Shores at La Salle, 7:30

Somerset Charter at Marathon, 7:30

Booker T. Washington at St. Thomas Aquinas, 8

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