Miami-Dade High Schools

Sunset continues to rise as Knights lead district race after edging Reagan 14-7

In past years, the Sunset football program has usually been staring up at the rest of its district from the bottom.

The Knights now look down from the top and are enjoying the view.

This following Thursday afternoon when the Knights, who have not tasted the postseason since 2009, traveled to Ronald Reagan High School for a key District 16-7A contest against the Bison and came way with a 14-7 victory.

The win moved Sunset to 4-1 overall but 4-0 and alone in first place in a packed nine-team district with Mater Academy and Miami Springs also unbeatean at 3-0.

“We’re just taking it week by week. I tell the kids every week, our goal is to be 1-0 at the end of the week and that’s what we accomplished again this week,” said Sunset coach Joe Petisco.

“I hope we do stay under the radar. Sure it’s rarified air for this program and I tell these kids we’re in uncharted waters, but we just have to keep showing up to work everyday and keep our foot on the gas pedal. It’s a real gauntlet in this district.”

If Petisco could thank anyone when the game was over, it was his running back Javier Zuniga. Zuniga capped off a tremendous 21-carry, 240 yard, two-touchdown day when he bolted 58 yards for a tiebreaking touchdown with just over nine minutes left.

“Javi’s the heart and soul of this football team,” Petisco said. “The kids, they all rally around him. He’s the first one in and last one out everyday. We needed every ounce out of him today and we got it. He was huge.”

Zuniga also scored from six yards out midway through the second quarter to tie the game at seven after Reagan (1-3, 1-2) had taken a 7-0 first quarter lead on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Hector Vargas to Gonzalo Pirela.

“I just had to talk to to my O-line and tell that it was time to step up today. Without them working hard up front, nothing happens,” said Zuniga, who took the county rushing lead with his performance at 682 yards.

“As long as they give me a crease, I take it from there and do it for my team. It feels great to be 4-0 in the district and no we just have to keep it going.”

Everything Zuniga did almost went for naught as one final Bison drive got them to the 39 with 30 seconds to go when, on third-and-10, Vargas found Luis Yepez open deep behind the secondary for a certain touchdown but Yepez couldn’t handle the throw. Sunset linebacker Jose Oliva sacked Vargas on the next play to end it.

SUNSET 14

RONALD REAGAN 7

Sunset

Reagan

First downs

19

11

Rushes-yards

36-266

34-96

Passing yards

116

79

Passes

7-13-1

6-12-0

Punts

0-0

3-31

Fumbles-lost

5-1

3-2

Penalties-yards

13-95

5-50

Field goals-att

0-1

0-0

Sunset

0

7

0

7--14

Reagan

7

0

0

0--7

SCORING SUMMARY

RR — Pirela 30 pass from Vargas (Jimenez kick)

SUN — Zuniga 6 run (Diez kick)

SUN — Zuniga 58 run (Diez kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing (att-yds) -- SUN: Naar 1-(-8), Peters 1-7, Scott 3-12, Cox 10-15, Zuniga 21-240. RR: Vargas 5-(-18), Gejo 1-3, Pirela 1-4, Simmons 3-13, Vargas 6-20, Creazzola 8-34, Yepez 10-40.

Passing (comp-att-int, yds)-- SUN: Cox 7-13-1, 116. RR: Vargas 6-12-0, 79.

Receiving (rec-yds-TD) -- SUN: Peters 2-23, Noriega 3-31, Peters 2-62. RR: Gejo 1-2, Dominicis 1-6, Hernandez 1-13, Pirela 3-61.

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

▪ St. Thomas Aquinas d. Blanche Ely 25-4, 25-8, 25-4: Amelia McCrory 6 kills; Kirsten McLain 5 kills; Kirsten Klos 17 points. STA 11-1.

▪ Mourning d. Westland Hialeah 25-13, 25-11, 25-9: Karla Schaefer 8 kills; Milana Datieva 13 digs; Camila Rubinovich 5 kills. Mour 8-1.

▪ Hialeah-Miami Lakes d. 25-9, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20: Noelys Martinez 17 digs; Ariecy Monroy 14 digs; Aileen Martinez 12 assists. HML 4-5.

▪ Ferguson d. Coral Gables 25-6, 25-13, 25-6: Grace Ieremia 10 kills; Alexandra Garcia 7 kills; Kasandra Lopez 8 kills. Ferg 10-0.

▪ Varela d. Southridge 25-8, 25-7, 25-7: Claudia Campero 5 kills; Fabiola Plaza 12 assists; Tiffany Bolaños 9 aces. Var 11-3.

▪ Doral d. Jackson 25-13, 25-3, 25-8: Allison Lacayo 12 assists; Ashley Venegas 9 assists. Dor 8-1.

▪ Pace d. Edison 25-9, 25-11, 25-12: Haley D'alessandro 6 assists; Sophia Gonzalez 9 points; Nicole Diaz 6 aces.

▪ Monarch d. Taravella 25-16, 25-15, 25-16: Emily Sampaio 4 points; Aiyla Tejada 11 assists. Mon 9-4.

▪ Florida Christian d. Chaminade Madonna 25-23, 25-20, 25-13: Jessica Barcelo 14 points; Katerina Rey 10 kills; Alex Perez 7 points; Danielle Franzosa (CM) 22 digs; Sophia Franzosa (CM) 8 kills; Angelique Sheerin (CM) 5 kills. FC 7-3; CM 7-8.

▪ Pine Crest d. University School 25-11, 25-3, 25-5: Shari Stenglein 10 aces; Cassidy Robertson 10 aces; Briana Bruny 5 kills; Kyla Roche (Univ) 4 digs. PC 10-4, Univ 2-12.

▪ Reagan d. Goleman 25-14, 25-9, 25-8: Andrea Bernal, 8 kills; Maria Gutic 8 kills; Isabella Pacheco 9 digs. RR 6-1.

▪ Carol City d. Central 25-12, 25-12, 25-11: Ajahnaee Baker 15 points; Kiana Jordan 21 assists; Markeisha Lewis 11 points. CarC 5-3.

▪ Calvary Christian d. Somerset Academy 25-12, 25-12, 25-19: Kaitlyn Green 7 kills; Marielle Diaz 17 points; Jessie Underwood 29 assists. CalC 11-1.

▪ Miami Country Day d. Archbishop Curley 25-7, 25-16, 25-7: Indira Dandridge 10 kills; Sasha Jenkins 15 assists; Sam Dorfman 10 aces; Nyasia John 4 kills. MCD 8-6.

▪ La Salle d. MAST 28-26, 24-26, 25-23, 25-20: Ivana Santoscoy 10 kills; Veronica Gomez 15 assists; Emily del Valle 30 digs. LaS10-3.

▪ Miami High d. Miami Beach 25-21, 18-25, 25-17, 25-23: Alicia Espinosa 9 kills; Jessie Simmons 8 kills; Bianca Torres 34 digs. MHS 10-3.

▪ Westwood d. Miami Charter 25-10, 25-8, 25-15: Jisely Lopez 13 assists; Hollie Thomson 4 kills; Gaby Morales 6 kills.

BOYS’ GOLF

▪ Ransom Everglades 161, Westminster Christian 169 (at Biltmore GC, par 35): 1. Joon Kim (RE) 36; 2. J.P. Melto (WC) 39; 3. Zach Buttrick (RE) 40. RE 7-2.

▪ Belen 175, Riviera Prep 190 (at Biltmore GC, par 35): 1. Ian Shapiro (Riv) 37.

▪ Coral Reef 171, Killian inc., South Miami inc.: Tyler Thompson (CR) 39; Kyle Dickson (CR) 41; Hagan Brewer (CR) 44.

GIRLS’ GOLF

▪ Ransom Everglades 202, Coral Gables 206, Carrollton 233 (at Biltmore CC, par 36): 1. Charlotte Stott (Car) 42; 1. Marissa Vrutia (CG) 42; 3. Phoebe Berber-Frankel (RE) 46.

BOYS’ BOWLING

▪ Archbishop McCarthy 3, Douglas 0: Daniel Tipps (McC) 160; Marc Anthony Orozco (McC) 156; Coral Springs 3, Highlands Christian 0: Shawn Chouniard (CS) 245; Austin Albarado (CS) 220. Taravella 3, St. Thomas Aquinas 0: Nick Scherrer (Tara) 208; Gavin McCarthy (Tara) 206. Coral Springs Charter 3, Coral Glades 0: Ryan Hernandez (CSC) 277; Joey Galang (CSC) 237. Others: James Booker IV (Miramar) 224; Darren Quick (Tara) 214, Jarrett Mankovitz (Tara) 210.

GIRLS’ BOWLING

▪ Archbishop McCarthy 2, Douglas 1: Alejandra Chavez (McC) 172; Sarah Martin (McC) 171. Coral Springs Charter 3, Taravella 0: Crystal Singh (CSC) 258; Larkin Kramer (CSC) 188. Coral Glades 2, Coral Springs 1: Hailey Harwood (CG) 138; Penelope Sanchez (CS) 110. Other: Nia Grinion (Everglades) 175.

FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

▪ Pace at Chaminade, 4; Keys Gate at Somerset Acad., 4; Somerset Char. at Palmer Trinity, 4; St. Andrews at Curley, 4; Westminster Christian at Gulliver, 4; Westland at Goleman, 4; Homestead at Coral Park, 4

▪ Coral Reef at Venice, 7; Florida Christian at Boca PJP, 7; Hialeah Gardens at HML, 7; Miami Beach at Golden Gate, 7; Canterbury at Dade Christian, 7; Aquinas at Hallandale, 7; Ely at Boyd Anderson, 7; Flanagan at Western, 7; Bolles at Deerfield, 7; Stranahan at Northeast, 7; South Plantation at Miramar, 7; Cooper City at Douglas, 7; Plantation at Cypress Bay, 7; Piper at Nova, 7; Hollywood Hills at Everglades, 7; Coral Glades vs. Taravella (Pip), 7; west Broward vs. Lauderdale (Dil), 7; Calvary vs. Coral Springs Charter (CGlades), 7; Westminster Academy at Pine Crest, 7; Pines Charter at McCarthy, 7; North Broward at Inlet Grove, 7; Miami Country Day at Pompano, 7

▪ Columbus vs. Belen (FIU), 7:30; American vs. North Miami (NM), 7:30; Southridge vs. Carol City (Traz), 7:30; Northwestern vs. South Dade (Harris), 7:30; Edison vs. Braddock (Curtis), 7:30; Varela vs. Killian (Trop), 7:30; Krop at Lake Gibson, 7:30; Marathon at Ransom, 7:30; Doral vs. Mater (Pace), 7:30.

SATURDAY

▪ Central vs. Booker T. (Traz), 7; American Heritage vs. Norland (NMiami), 7

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