Marcus Benjamin @_benjaminmoney
Davie, FL – Dade County defeated Broward county on a wet field on Friday night at Western High School. In an event produced by the Miami Dolphins, quarterback Terrence (TJ) Craig of Miami Jackson claimed MVP honors as he scored in the air and on the ground for his squad. Craig went 6-11 for 89 yards. Both teams were composed of high school seniors playing in their last high school game of their lives.
“It’s a lot of talent out here that a lot of people don’t see,” said Craig. “A lot of players can really make it down here. It felt great to do something for my city.”
Craig has yet to receive a D-1 offer but is patiently waiting for the right opportunity to come his way. The game tonight definitely helped his cause as he scored on a 1-yard run and followed that score with touchdown pass to his Dade County teammate TeCorey Tutson from Coral Gables on a 23-yard screen pass.
“The D-Lineman actually read the play,” said Craig. “But TeCorey slid out a bit so I was able to fit it in between the D-Lineman and he just was able to do what he do.”
Broward came out firing in this game as three star wideout Dominik Watt from Miramar made some moves and avoided defenders on an impressive 53-yard touchdown reception. Watt currently uncommitted is expected to make his decision on national signing day. Watt will visit Pittsburgh and Kentucky this month with his final visit at Lincoln, Nebraska on February 2nd.
Broward lead 8-3 at the half before Dade came storming back in the second half. They would take a 17-8 lead into the final minute of the game before Broward would make a final push. Harrison Story of Western connected with Shelton Alexander of Hollywood Hills on a 77-yard pass play that would take Broward into the red zone with 25 seconds left. A failed fumble rouske play would eventually end any threat of a rally from Broward.
“Dade County kids never give up,” said Head Coach Tim Neal of Killian High School. “They keep fighting and it shows you what type of heart these kids have.
Former Dolphins tight end Troy Drayton and NFL great Frank Gore were seen on the sidelines taking in the event.