When one sees a final score of 44-14, it’s natural to assume the game was a blowout from the start. That wasn’t the case in No. 6 Miami Central’s latest victory against a surprisingly obdurate (at least in the first half) Blanche Ely (Florida) squad.
In fact, Ely led throughout most of the first quarter, with scores of both 8-3 and 8-6 before Central caught fire, pulling out to a 14-8 lead with 6:00 remaining in the first half and then taking control with a pair of third quarter touchdowns (and two-point conversions) for a 30-8 lead en route to the eventual final score.
For Miami Central, it was a second-straight dominant victory following a pair of tight contests, including the season’s only loss, a 24-15 setback against No. 2 IMG Academy.
With four-star running back James Cook in the fold, Central should have every reason to believe it should run the table with remaining games against winless Hialeah-Miami Gardens, a faceoff with 5-1 Miami Northwestern and another heated tussle with 5-1 Carol City.
Should the Rockets successfully run that gauntlet, they will be in prime position entering the state playoffs and possibly — just possibly — maintaining a distant shot at a Super 25 national title. After all, stranger things have happened.