Already committed to the University of Miami, Yearby could only sit and watch his team dominate the game while he continued to heal his injured ankle.
His teammate, Central RB Dalvin Cook, did not disappoint in his absence as he ran wild, leaving defenders grasping for air in his wake as he scored four touchdowns to lead the Rockets to victory in the 6A State Championship game.
It was Central's fourth straight trip to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, their third championship in four tries and second in a row. Now that is what we call dominating the competition!
Sitting among the many Central fans in the stands around me, Cook was impressive as he ran for 223 yards and four scores including an 80 yard scamper to start the second half to put the game out of reach.
In the end it was Cook's performance that would send Armwood home empty handed from the State Championship game for the second year in a row.
A player that UM is recruiting hard to join Yearby in Coral Gables is said by some recruitniks to be favoring FSU even though he had previously verbally committed to the Florida Gators. Cook has stated that he could easily see himself taking his talents to Gainesville, Tallahassee or Miami.
Miami wants him in the most significant of ways and still holds out hope that he will be a Hurricane. So now, only time will tell where Cook signs to play. After the game he told reporters he had made up his mind where he is going and will announce his decision at the UAAA game the first week in January.
In Orlando at the State 6A championship game the story behind Miami Central's complete and total dominance of the once mighty, but now badly beaten Armwood High School football team, was Cook's spectacular performance.
Armwood has a few previous State titles to speak of but on this night the field belonged to Miami Central and their highly talented offense behind Dalvin Cook. Central impressed early and often to take the early lead and put the game out of reach in stylish fashion.
Yearby stood on the sidleine as he watched while his teammate Cook carved up the Armwood defense like a warm knife through soft butter. The total team effort by Central was brutal and it was decisive.
The bottom line is that Central Cooked Armwood.
And when it was over, they were crispy, crunchy and defintely well done.