Despite 23 penalties and opponent taunts, Miami Central dynasty still alive

Despite 23 penalties and opponent taunts, Miami Central dynasty still alive

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Despite 23 penalties and opponent taunts, Miami Central dynasty still alive

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Miami Central in action earlier this season (Photo: Derik Hamilton, USA TODAY Sports)

Miami Central in action earlier this season (Photo: Derik Hamilton, USA TODAY Sports)

Miami Central has been to five consecutive state titles game, winning four of them, so perhaps taunting the Rockets wasn’t exactly the way to go.

Dan Lundy, the special teams coach at Daytona Beach Mainland and a former Miami Hurricanes player, posted a photo on Instagram of the state championship trophy with the name Mainland Buccaneers written in under state champion.

However, it’s Miami Central that will have another chance to grab the state title after the Rockets scored scored 27 consecutive points in the second half for a 33-21 win in the Region 4-6A final. It was the third consecutive season that Miami Central ended Mainland’s season.

The Rockets (10-2) will host Naples (11-1) in a state semifinal Friday night, looking to become the third program in the state to advance to six consecutive state finals, according to The Miami Herald. The others are Belle Glade Glades Day (1982-88) and Pahokee (2003-08).

Perhaps more incredible than Central’s run of success is that they won Friday night despite being flagged 23 times for 188. Two of those penalties eliminated touchdown passes … on the same drive.

In the second half, Mainland was held to only two first downs.

“We showed great poise to come out in the second half and dominate the game from the opening kickoff,” Central coach Roland Smith told The Herald. “We stopped them on defense. Offense got on the field and scored touchdowns. We just had to keep our composure. I thought we were a little jittery coming out and wasn’t relaxed.

”When we play Rockets defense, that’s what happens in the second half.”

As for Lundy, here was his postgame Instagram message:

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