In local high school football, one team posted its first win of the season, while another team prepares for a district showdown this week and two teams met for the first time ever. Hialeah Miami Lakes finally got its first win of the season, a 28-23 victory over Alonso and Tracy Mourning High at North Miami Stadium last week.
Trojans’ quarterback Keanu Brown sparked the offense with a 61-yard touchdown reception to receiver Isaiah Small in the first quarter. Early in the game, the Sharks forced back-to-back safeties to take a 4-0 lead and then led 10-6 at the half.
In the third quarter, Small, who also played defensive back, grabbed an interception and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown to give the Trojans a 13-10 lead, but the Sharks returned the favor with a 60-yard interception for a touchdown by Ricardo Luvell.
In the fourth, Trojans’ receiver Kendrick Janvier scored on a 47-yard touchdown run to give his team its first win. Mourning had a chance to take the lead with less than two minutes left but turned the ball over on downs.
Miami Springs shut out Goleman, 34-0, to improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in district play. Miami Springs running back D.J. Bethune rushed for 117 yards on five carries, including a 97-yard touchdown run, while Malik Thomas carried the ball 16 times for 121 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Jerry Rembrick scored on a 70-yard punt return in the third quarter. The only bright sport for Goleman was quarterback and running back O’Brian Anderson, who rushed for 175 yards on 31 carries.
The Golden Hawks play American this week in a District 16-7A showdown.
Pace High handed Dade Christian its fourth loss of the season, a 35-21 victory that all but dashes the state runner-up’s playoff hopes. The game was the first meeting between the two private schools though they are just about 3 miles apart. American High traveled to Punta Gorda, Florida and lost to Charlotte High, 23-19.