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Football in Florida December 6, 2008

Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.

I can just imagine how many sore bodies there must be in Florida this morning. 

I watched last nights Florida high school football 1A semi-final between the Fort Meade Miners and the American Hertitage Stallions in Delray Beach. I was rooting for the Stallions as they played my daughter’s high school earlier in the year (beating her King’s Academy Lions 20-19).

It was a huge turnout by both teams with both sides stands overflowing. The Miners traveled 3 hours and it was impressive how many of their fans made the trip.

The game started badly for the Stallions as the big gains in the first few running plays went nowhere. The Miners then went on to score two touchdowns on their next three possessions while shutting down the Stallions offense. The Stallions did score a 42 yard field goal behind the impressive leg of sophomore Justin Haig before the half. Another field goal attempt in the third quarter was blocked and senior lineman Ronald Jones ran it back for a Miner 68-yard touchdown. That sealed it for the Miners.

I sat in the home stands during the first half surounded by proud parents, students and alumni.  I was impressed by the encouragement the fans had even as the game slowly slipped away from the Stallions.

In the second half I walked the sidelines. Some high school stadiums are so small they let you get very close to the action if you choose.  That was the case at American Hertitage.  I was no further than five feet from the players on the sideline and could even hear the coaches discussions.

As the game turned south for the Stallions I really felt the dejection in the players. I could see it in their eyes and hear it in their voices.

It was a tough night for a young team that only had four seniors on the roster. They were simply out played. There is big hope though. A father, whose son is an underclassman at the school and like me just came to watch a good game, told me to watch out the next three years. He thought there was a dynasty in the making.

I’ll keep that in mind but today the Fort Meade Miners wear the crown.

Other local results: 

In the 6A reginals:  Royal Palm Beach lost to Orlando  31-6

5A reginals:  South Fork lost to St. Thomas Aquinas  56-14

4A reginals:  Dwyer beat Miami-Washington  24-21

2B semifinals: Pahokee crushed Frostproof  40-0

1B semifinals:  Jupiter Christen whooped Victory Christien  41-6



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