American Heritage Running Back
Sony Michel Has Sights Set on Championship
BY MANNY NAVARRO
PHOTOGRAPHY BY HOBE BRUNSON
AMERICAN HERITAGE School in Plantation, Fla., has 33 state champion- ship banners hanging
from the walls of its athletic building,
mementos of the ultimate triumphs
in sports such as golf, soccer, baseball, softball, tennis and track.
Sony Michel badly wants to add
a football banner to the collection.
“At the end of the day, it all comes
down to leadership and that’s what
we’ve lacked,” said Michel, a 6-foot,
205-pound University of Georgia-bound running back who has racked
up 4,819 rushing yards and 58 touchdowns, but enters his senior season
without having celebrated a playoff
victory since he was a freshman.
“We always have the talent here,
but not enough leadership and
that’s just something I’m stressing
so much. I just feel like this year we
have to change a lot to get to where
we want to go,” Michel added. “I’ve
told these guys it’s not going to be
easy. We’ve got to turn it up.”
According to coach Mike Rumph,
Michel, one of the nation’s premier
ball carriers, used to be the quiet
guy in the room. But not anymore.