Florida high school football teams flexed some muscle for the state this weekend.
Miami Booker T. Washington went on the road and absolutely dismantled the nation’s supposed No. 1 team, Georgia Norcross, 55-0. Quarterback Treon Harris (FSU), defensive end Chad Thomas (Miami) and wide receiver Lamar Parker (WVU) had strong showings as expected, but it was previously unknown offensive lineman Jordan Ingraham that has reached “celebrity status” in the recruiting world after the game.
Ingraham rose to the challenge and proved his game against No. 1 defensive end in the country, Lorenzo Carter. Norcross tried everything get Carter going, even moving him to the other side, but Booker countered by moving Ingraham as well.
Tallahassee Lincoln also went on the road to Georgia and walked away with a 34-21 win over South Gwinnett. Senior quarterback Darius Harvey hooked up with junior wide receiver John Burt for some big plays and the Trojans controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
The state did suffer one loss when Apopka fell 51-36 to Byrnes (South Carolina). The game took a turn for the worse when Blue Darter senior quarterback Zack Darlington (Nebraska) was air-lifted from the game after suffering a concussion late in the fourth quarter. Reports are positive on his status.
Locally, Riverdale and Cape Coral played a very competitive kickoff classic. Cape demonstrated its growth from a year ago with a more explosive offense and a defense that flew to the football. Senior Rhasheed Jiles caught a touchdown and was a menacing force on the defensive side of the ball, while senior running back Eamon Smart picked up where he left off a year ago by running physically to the tune of 107 yards.
Cape showed some explosiveness offensively. Riverdale has a good looking junior class of prospects led by athlete Ryan Pulley, running back Van Edwards and quarterback Jesse Lighthall. Pulley has ideal size and the athleticism to be a national-level recruit at cornerback. After missing time last year with an ankle injury, he appears to be fully recovered. Edwards runs hard and is consistent, while Lighthall has intriguing size and a quality arm.
In recruiting news, South Fort Myers offensive linemen Joe Gold has committed to FAU.
“I want to be part of something great, and I really love the coaching staff and (the players) are all great guys,” said Gold. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder chose the Owls over offers from Ball State, FIU, and Youngstown State.
“This kid is so physical… Joe Gold will bury you,” South coach Grant Redhead said. “He has that street fighter mentality and he’s good at it.”
Gold will join former Estero standout Mohammad Farah on the Owls’ offensive line.