Posted: 3:18 pm Saturday, August 28th, 2010
By Matt Porter
Seminole Ridge coach Matt Dickmann was pleased with the Hawks’ 36-23 win over West Boca in Friday’s kickoff classic game, but said his team needs to be more disciplined.
“I was really happy with everything except for the penalties,” said Dickmann. “We’ll be in trouble if we keep shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Speaking late Friday night, Dickmann hadn’t seen the video, so he didn’t know if it was lack of concentration or poor technique that led to a pair of illegal shift and illegal motion penalties.
He didn’t forgive his team for a chop block and a clipping penalty, but he can put his finger on the source.
“I know we’re physical, and I know we’re aggressive. That’s a good thing,” he said.
The Hawks also need work on their pass rush. When West Boca wasn’t using RB Marquis Jones, the Bulls sent WR Robert Lockhart downfield. QB Alex Prakas (6-4, 190) had ample time to work thanks to a line anchored by seniors Casey Wilson (6-4, 240) and Corey King (6-2, 270).
“They had some pretty big kids on the offensive line,” Dickmann said. “All night long, they did a pretty good job of protecting the quarterback.”
The Hawks’ largest gains from the spring, according to Dickmann, came in the passing game.
“All five receivers had catches tonight. Our quarterbacks were accurate,” he said.
Senior quarterback Trevor Vanscoy has good wheels and a strong arm despite his lack of size (5-10, 160). Late in the game, sophomore Antawn Washington (6-2, 190) hooked up with junior Darian Williams for a 23-yard score.
The Hawks’ running game is good, and will be good next season with junior Gary Holmes returning. But with Washington throwing to Williams, junior Andre Davis, and sophomore Rayfield Dixon, who made a sparkling diving grab in traffic during the third quarter, Seminole Ridge should be able to make opposing defenses pay for leaning toward the run.
“We have a group there for years to come if they stay healthy. We’ll be able to throw the ball for a few years,” said Dickmann.
On the road
Heading to Traz Powell Stadium in North Miami for Dwyer-Carol City (7 p.m.). Pretty please follow me on Twitter to get some live updates.
Everyone around here knows the Panthers have size, depth and talent. But what about Carol City?
The Miami Herald’s high school football writers pick the Chiefs to win District 12-6A. Carol City has one of Dade County’s top running backs, junior Ernest Freeman (5-11, 205), and sophomore Bramond Snell, who led the team in rushing last year while Freeman battled a knee injury. QB Akeem Jones (6-2, 180) is rated as one of Dade’s top sophomores.
Stopping Freeman and Snell will be Task No. 1 for the Panthers, but they should be strong against the run.
Dwyer will likely start Curt Maggitt and Nick O’Leary at defensive end and Keith Bowers and Patrick Miller at tackles; the linebackers should be Leroy Kelson and Jimelle James (inside), Sean McClain and Julian Whigham (outside).
Aside from cornerback Darrell Hunter, who will be matched against Carol City’s top receiver, Dwyer’s secondary is a bit of a concern. If Carol City’s Jones has a big day, the Panthers will have a lot of work to do before boarding their flight to Columbus, Ohio for the season opener against Cleveland-Glenville.
As far as a prediction, Dwyer has more high-end talent than Carol City, and their best players are seniors. Veterans win this one, 35-24 and that includes second-half slop points. I don’t think it will be that close.
Of course, I am often wrong.
Up at the track
Cohort Jeff Greer is in Daytona and he reports Glades Central’s Dominique Gibson rushed for a 9-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Raiders held on to beat Dallas-Skyline, 6-0. See his Twitter page for reports from that game. He’ll also have live tweets from Glades Day’s afternoon matchup with Twiggs County (Georgia), which he thinks the Gators will win, 28-14.