Miami, FL– One of the most highly anticipated high school match ups of recent memory will take place Friday August 26, 2016 in South Florida. A game between two Top Ten ranked teams nationally featuring No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale) and No. 6 Miami Booker T. Washington. The game is being broadcast exclusively on FootballHotbed.com to an international audience and being brought to you by the campaign to Elect Jason Pizzo to the Florida State Senate, District 38.
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ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, Roger Harriott- Head Coach
At quarterback, Jake Allen (Florida Commit) The senior signal caller has come full circle in his career and looks to have the biggest night on the biggest state he’s played on to date. He’s not a novice, having played in several big games before, but these states are the highest. He’s ready, having tweeted early this morning:
The day before.
— Jake Allen (@Jakeallen_14) August 25, 2016
Michael Epstein (Illinois Commit) & Kyshaun Bryan (South Carolina Commit)— These two pair of backs are two of the best in the country at their position. Epstein, out all last season after suffering an ACL injury is back with vengeance. Bryan also suffered an injury last season at American Heritage Plantation, but came to St. Thomas his senior year to show what he could accomplish with his former youth football teammate, WR Trevon Grimes (Ohio St. Commit). Bryan is focused. He let everyone know via Twitter a few weeks before the start of school that he was logging off to focus on the season.
I will be off of twitter for a few weeks ‼️‼️ text or call me if you need to reach me — Kyshaun Bryan (@KyshaunB) August 9, 2016
Grimes is one of the nation’s best players players at his position, but St. Thomas has a wealth of riches with WR Mike Harley (West Virginia commit) and Johnathan Moore (FIU Commit) also in tow. Elijah Moore is a WR you don’t often hear a ton about, but you will want to remember his name moving forward because he is tremendously talented and would be the star on any other team. Harley’s as good as anyone also, his shiftiness and route running ability has bigger programs second guessing their decisions to pass up on him. The Raiders offensive line is solid anchored by veterans like junior tackle Jason Swan and Kedonis Haslem even getting contributions from sophomores like Vincent Murphy (playing his initial year on varsity). Also look for lineman Chad Kiernan who has a unique role as a fullback in the redzone. Defensively the Raiders are equally as impressive. Up front, DL Tyler Dunning (Miss. State Commit) is joined by Nik Bonitto to form an incredible pass rush. Notre Dame commit Drew White is impressive at MLB and has lots of help on either side with Darrell ‘Rocky’ Shelton being a name to keep an eye out for. The secondary is stingy and has tremendous pedigree. Defensive back Asante Samuel, Jr. and Al Blades might sport names you’ve heard of before. They both have relatives who have made big plays in both the college and pro ranks. Let’s just say the apples didn’t fall too far from their trees. MIAMI BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, Tim ‘Ice’ Harris – Head Coach Sophomore quarterback Daniel Richardson was a Football Hotbed Middle School All-American as an 8th grader.
He began his freshman season by coming in during the first quarter against these same St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders under the lights on ESPN. A state championship ring later, he’s a veteran even as just a sophomore. He’ll lead the offense run by his head coach to perfection looking to advance the mantra at Booker T. Washington during their four consecutive championship run; speed. At running back, Craig Nelson is the name to know. He’s been as patient as anyone could be behind the boatloads of talent at the position since he arrived. But now as a senior, he’s hoping to build a resume that end with a division one scholarship offer. The WR to watch is Sharod Johnson (Syracuse Commit) but it’s the younger wide outs who made all of the noise against then No. 6 American Heritage (Plantation, FL) last week. The result was a 27-7 thumping by the Tornadoes, better known as F5 (which is a description of most powerful tornado in the world of meteorology). The offensive line is stacked solid. Take your pick between four star Florida commit, Kadeem Telfort and Temple commit Willia Pierre. They are well coached and massive. It should be a great match in the trenches.
Defensively, coach Nitron Stork’s unit is impressive despite their outside appearance. It starts up front with edge rusher Jaquan ‘Giant’ Beavers. Along with fellow end Robert Hicks (Auburn Commit), these two wreck havoc in the backfields of opponents. The middle is solid with young talent and the secondary has weapons like three-star Dedrick Mackey and Deltron Holloway who are tremendously talented and of course, fast.
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