Thursday, September 18, 2014

Calvin Ridley To Play Final Game

     Monarch Knights wide receiver Calvin Ridley will play in his final high school football game on Friday night at Piper against the Bengals. He is ineligible to participate with the school based on a FHSAA rule that a student athlete can not compete once they become 19 years and nine months of age.
     Ridley, who appeared on the annual cover of Friday Night Football Florida magazine earlier this year, has already made an early commitment to play college football with the University of Alabama. He is highly rated and considered one of the top high school players in the nation.
     His school is undefeated after two games this season with two shutouts on the road. Monarch routed Nova opening week 56-0 and blanked Western 40-0 last weekend. Expect Ridley to have a deep impact in his final game.
     There have been other players in South Florida who have appeared in their final high school game during the regular season. Current University of Florida running back Kelvin Taylor did it in 2012 with Glades Day before going to the Gators.
     Kelvin Benjamin, current wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, also left Glades Central during the 2010 season and would later attend Florida State University. His final play as a high school player happened in a road game at Boynton Beach. He jumped up and caught a 35-yard touchdown pass in the left side of the end zone surrounded by double coverage.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Joe Rose To Leave WTVJ

     Longtime WTVJ-TV sports anchor Joe Rose will retire from the station in December. He has been with that organization for over 20 years. He once played for the Miami Dolphins as a tight end from 1980 until 1986.
     Rose will continue as the morning host on Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM and as a game analyst on the Miami Dolphins Radio Network. He begin his second stint as the morning host at WQAM in 2007 when the Dolphins radio rights moved to that station. Rose has continuously been on local radio for ten consecutive years and was the first morning host at 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM when they launched into a sports format in August 2004.
     He was a co-host of The First Team morning show on WQAM with various partners from 1994 until December 2001. Rose currently holds the radio analyst post on the Miami Dolphins Radio Network alongside play-by-play announcer Jimmy Cefalo since the 2005 season.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

St Thomas Aquinas And Don Bosco Prep Preview

     Two of the top high school football programs in the country will face each other on Saturday as the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders travel up to the Army campus in West Point, New York and play the Don Bosco Prep Ironmen of Ramsey, New Jersey in a neutral site game. Both schools last met back in 2012 at Brian Piccolo Stadium in Fort Lauderdale where Aquinas fell 20-10.
     St. Thomas Aquinas(1-0) has not played a game in the last two weeks. They pounded the defending FHSAA Class 5A champion American Heritage Patriots 35-7 at Sun Life Stadium.
     Running back Jordan Scarlett will get most of the carries from the backfield while Deltron Sands and Khambrel St. Hubert look to get occasional rushes. Quarterback Jake Rizzo has numerous targets to throw to which include wide receivers Davante Peete, Sam Bruce and Jawuan Harris.
     Don Bosco Prep(1-0) played in Philadelphia last week and defeated St. Joseph's Prep 35-7. They will be led on offense by quarterback Wes McKay who can run out of the pocket and throw the ball downfield. Defensive linemen Kevin Feder, Brandon Simon and Zack Chakonis look to stop the Raiders running game.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Boynton Beach Drops Village Academy

     The Boynton Beach Tigers remained undefeated with a 48-20 victory over the Village Academy Tigers on Thursday night. The game was to be played at Village Academy in Delray Beach, but due to an expected large crowd and limited parking availability the venue was changed to Boynton Beach.
     It seemed like deja vu in this contest from their previous spring game in May when both schools met as Boynton Beach stepped out to a big lead when they scored on all their five possessions of the first half.
     Boynton Beach(3-0) scored on their first drive as running back Zaire Ivory finished off with a two-yard touchdown run up the middle at 9:14 of the first quarter. Their second possession was capped as wing back Chauncey Mason took an inside handoff through the right side from 20 yards out to make it 14-0 at 3:44.
     In the second quarter, Ivory plunged through the tackles and scored from one yard away at 10:38 to give Boynton Beach a 21-point gap. Village Academy got on the scoreboard as quarterback Andre Adderly found wide receiver Jean Constant wide open on the right sideline and he sprinted 60 yards to cut the margin to 21-6 at 7:54. Quarterback Lamar Jackson and Boynton Beach responded quickly at 6:26 when he went around the left end and scored a five-yard touchdown for a 28-6 lead.
     Village Academy(1-2) got great field position as Da'Vante Frazier returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to the Tigers 23. Several plays later, Constant caught a five-yard pass on a slant pattern for a touchdown with 5:42 left in the first half as they trailed 28-12. Running back Zander Bernard scored on a 13-yard delayed draw play at 1:37 of the second to give Boynton Beach a 35-12 cushion.
     In the third quarter, Adderly threw a high arching pass to the right side of the end zone where wide receiver Malik Ballard made a 32-yard touchdown reception at 8:26 as Village Academy was down 35-20. Jackson returned the favor for Boynton Beach at 4:05 when he fired a 15-yard pass to wide receiver Dieuly Aristilde in the deep left side of the end zone to make it 41-20.
     Jackson finished the victory with 9:38 remaining in the fourth quarter as he broke through the line, ran down the left sideline and scored a 40-yard touchdown for a 48-20 gap.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Palm Beach Gardens At Dwyer Preview

     It will be a crosstown battle on Friday night as the Palm Beach Gardens Gators travel four miles north on Military Trail and face the Dwyer Panthers at Blum Stadium. Both schools had success last season as Dwyer won the FHSAA Class 7A state title while Palm Beach Gardens made it to the Class 8A state semifinal where they lost to eventual state champion South Dade.
     Palm Beach Gardens(2-0) won their first two games this season. They blanked John I. Leonard 21-0 in their opening game and barely got by with a road win over the Park Vista Cobras 10-7 last week.
     Running back Tommy Monday is expected to be the focal point on their offense. Quarterback Hunter Aranda suffered a knee injury last week and may not play in the game. Devin Stedstill will step in that position like he did in the second half against Park Vista. Look for wide receivers Andrew Prince and Anthony Price to get some receptions.
     Dwyer(1-1) bounced back with a 41-7 victory over Jupiter last week following a 12-7 opening game defeat to the Glades Central Raiders. Coach Jack Daniels has opened up to the challenge in this campaign with two returning starters from last season.
     Daniel Parr will lead the Panthers offense as quarterback with his passing effort as he threw for four touchdown last Friday night against Jupiter. His main deep threats downfield are wide receivers Tavares Martin and Dante Cousart. Slot receivers Nick Martinsen and Isiah Johnson will also help out on short passes. Running backs Erick Hardnett and Cornelius Smith are expected to get their share of carries.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Boynton Beach And Village Academy Preview

     The Boynton Beach Tigers will play a road game against the Village Academy Tigers on Thursday night, however the venue has been changed from Delray Beach where Village Academy plays to the field in Boynton Beach due to the anticipated large crowd and limited parking availability.
     Both schools met each other in a spring football game on the same gridiron back in late May as Boynton Beach was victorious 50-8. It is unusual that two squads would face each other in the spring and later during the regular season.
     Boynton Beach(2-0) has been on the winning side in two routs to begin the regular season with a road victory over Olympic Heights 69-0 during opening week and defeated Lake Worth at home 64-29 last week.
     Quarterback Lamar Jackson had almost had 200 yards rushing against Lake Worth last Friday night. He will continue to lead the charge on offense with his running and passing. Running backs Chauncey Mason, Jordan Galvan and Zander Bernard are expected to get their share of carries. Look for Jackson to connect with wide receivers Donte Sylencieux and Dieuly Aristilde on passes.
     Village Academy fell last week on the road to Glades Day 27-20. Running back Da'Vante Frazier can be elusive out of the backfield along with kickoff returns. Andre Adderly can control things as quarterback while wide receiver and backup quarterback Torrell Jones will contribute in several areas on offense. Wide receivers Jean Constant and Willie Louis are the main targets for Adderly to pass to.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Greg Likens Miami Dolphins Radio Studio Host

     Greg Likens worked his first regular season game as the studio host for the Miami Dolphins Radio Network on Sunday alongside Troy Stradford. He has been the studio host for The Finsiders Show on Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM since early April. He replaced Jesse Agler in both positions. Agler is currently a studio host and backup play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Padres.
     Likens, a Syracuse University grad, was employed at Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM from 2007 until March 2014. He worked in several capacities which included morning show sidekick, morning producer, morning sports anchor and weekend host.