West Palm Beach, FL-– Football Hotbed was present and broadcast live from No. 2 IMG Academy’s 38-0 win over No. 18 Oxbridge Academy on Thursday night. The IMG Ascenders were poised to come in and reassert themselves as a top national power after a 19-day layoff.
It was the four star Texas A&M commit, Kellen Mond, who stole the show. The dual threat quarterback was largely locked down from going through the air against Oxbridge’s stout defensive backfield. However, Mond quickly went to the air to score. Mond showed why he’s been so heavily sought after as the 6’3 quarterback showed off his size speed and vision against the Oxbridge Thunderwolves.
And even in a losing effort, the Thunderwolves announced themselves on the national stage. They were trailing 7-0 after the first drive and pushed down to the 2 yard line on runs from RB James Meeks and QB Gio Richardson but only to be thwarted by a massive IMG defensive line. Oxbridge proved they could play with anyone and though their depth was tested against the Acenders, they will be a tough out for any 3A Florida High School opponent and have quality wins already against 6A Miami Carol City (have clinched playoff birth) and 8A defending champion Pembroke Pines Flanagan.
OTHER NATIONAL MATCHUPS
In Miami, a huge match up on Friday night came down to the wire as Miami Northwestern edged Miami Carol City 45-44 in double overtime. Kai Henry stole the show for Miami Northwestern as he leaped over both the offensive and defensive lines on a two-point conversion try in the second overtime to clinch the win.
Our Wayne Poller was at the game and will have a report in the coming days. Elsewhere, McGill Toolen of Mobile, AL held on to win big after a slow start in the first half and St. Thomas Aquinas took down district foe, Ft. Lauderdale in blowout fashion. And American Heritage (Plantation) took down previously undefeated 5A district foe, Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale).