WHEN ST. THOMAS AQUINAS AND PLANTA- tion American Heritage rolled to state titles last December it marked the second time in three years a pair of Broward County schools
returned home from Orlando as state champions.
The Raiders and Patriots not only look destined to repeat,
but Broward could have a couple of other state champions if
Hallandale and Flanagan are able to break through.
The Chargers went toe-to-toe with three-time defending
Class 6A state champion Miami Central for a half in the
second round of last year’s playoffs and return nine starters
on a prolific offense that averaged 38. 5 points a game in
2014. Hallandale, now in Class 5A, figures to give Heritage a
fight for the district title and then again in the playoffs.
Flanagan, meanwhile, returns the bulk of its defense from
last year’s state semifinal team, including one player who
didn’t get to play in that pivotal game against Miami Columbus – star linebacker Devin Bush Jr.
One of the transfers to come into Flanagan is former
Champagnat state championship-winning quarterback Kato
Nelson, who has completed 61. 7 percent of his passes
throughout his career for 5,035 yards, 61 touchdowns and
only 9 interceptions.
Nelson, who played his freshman year at Hollywood
McArthur, is one of three starting quarterbacks in Broward
who enter their senior seasons having already thrown for
more than 5,000 yards.
The others: Coconut Creek’s Jhakari Harrison ( 6,462
yards, 67 TDs, 37 INTs) and Hallandale’s Tyler Huntley ( 5,417
yards, 64 TDs, 17 INTs).
With big seasons, all three could potentially close in on Broward’s all-time leading passer Javan Shashaty of Calvary Christian,
who threw for 10,181 yards and 112 touchdowns in his career. If
not, they can finish right behind him in the Broward record books.
Once again it was another big offseason for coaches on the
move in Broward County. In all, 18 programs have new head
coaches, 15 of which are head coaches for the first time.
The three veterans at new schools: Boyd Anderson’s
Eddie Brown (formerly of Miami Northwestern), Monarch’s
Willie Dodaro (he started his career at Nova in 1980) and
St. Thomas Aquinas’ Roger Harriott, who won a state title
at University School in 2012 and spent last season as the
assistant head coach at Florida Atlantic.
There are only five active coaches left in Broward with
triple-digit wins on their résumés: Archbishop McCarthy’s
Byron Walker (281-146), Cypress Bay’s Marc Guandolo (256-
78), Taravella’s Dan Marguriet (144-156), Plantation’s Steve
Davis (113-62) and Cardinal Gibbons’ Mike Morrill (109-61).
Once again, Broward is loaded with dozens of major
recruits, but eight entered the summer on the U.S. Army
All-American nominee list.
They were: St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Nick Bosa and
receiver Sam Bruce; American Heritage defensive end Brian Burns
and receiver Brandon Johnson; Flanagan’s Devin Bush Jr.; Coconut
Creek defensive backs Malek Young and Trayvon Mullen and
former Heritage receiver Dredrick Snelson. – Manny Navarro
Kedonis Haslem, son of Miami Heat basketball player
Udonis Haslem, transferred
to St. Thomas Aquinas from
QB Tyler Huntley, Hallandale
RB Kyshaun Bryan, American Heritage
RB Zack Moss, Hallandale
WR Binjimen Victor, Coconut Creek
WR Cavin Ridley, Deerfield Beach
OL Roodney Leon, Deerfield Beach
OL Keenan Forbes, Everglades
OL TeDarrell Slaton, American Heritage
OL Kaileon Hebert, American Heritage
OL Kendonis Haslem, St. Thomas Aquinas
UT Sam Bruce, St. Thomas Aquinas
UT Dredrick Snelson, American Heritage
DL Nick Bosa, St. Thomas Aquinas
DL Jaquwan Nelson, Fort Lauderdale
DL Aaron Thompson, Dillard
DL Brian Burns, American Heritage
LB Devin Bush Jr., Flanagan
LB Kenneth Ruff, Dillard
LB Tyler Dunning, Dillard
DB Trayvon Mullen, Coconut Creek
DB Stanford Samuels III, Flanagan
DB James Pierrer, Deerfield Beach
DB Deion Jackson, Hallandale
UT Jerry Jeudy, Deerfield Beach
1. American Heritage
2. St. Thomas Aquinas