What a huge difference one year can make.
Last year a very talented but very young Miami Central High School football team made it all the way to the FHSAA State Championship game but came away empty handed as they wound up losing to Armwood High School (who later had to vacate the win and State title due to recruiting violations).
This year a more experienced Central team fought their way back to The Citrus Bowl in Orlando and won the State championship. The Rockets' head coach Telly Lockette had his team prepared and focused and ready to play against Gainesville High School this past Saturday.
An enthusiastic crowd of over 5,800 high school football fans were there to see it. And from my perspective, some of these fans take their high school football just a little too seriously.
But hey, that's just me. If you think 'Canes fans are passionate you should sit next to some of these high school football fans during the playoffs and at the Championship game.
Lockette's Rockets dominated play on both sides of the ball. The game was fun, exciting, interesting and entertaining. Central beat Gainesville from start to finish and by the final score of 37-14 as the dynamic backfield duo of juniors Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook ran all over the Gainesville defense.
Teams from the 305 had a great post-season this year and as usual "The Bottom" is loaded with talent this year and next. The Miami Hurricanes and head coach Al Golden will certainly benefit from that fact.