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 10 years ago '04        #2721
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Northwestern and Columbus set to clash
The University of Miami's farewell performance in the Orange Bowl a couple of weeks ago ended painfully for local fans.

On Friday night, the nation's top-ranked high school football team will try to get Miami's football relic buzzing again.

''Hopefully, we'll be the ones to help the Orange Bowl go out with a bang,'' said Miami Northwestern senior quarterback Jacory Harris, who orally committed to UM.

Northwestern squares off against one of the best teams in the state in Columbus at 7:30 p.m. in the Orange Bowl in a highly anticipated Region 4-6A semifinal.

The Bulls (11-0), who have won a state-best 26 consecutive games, and Columbus (11-0) are among the four remaining unbeaten Miami-Dade County teams in this year's playoffs, which is believed to be a record.

But with six players already committed to the University of Miami and at least a half-dozen more expected to sign with major college programs, Northwestern has been touted as one of the best Miami-Dade County teams ever.

The Explorers (11-0), ranked No. 5 by The Miami Herald's South Florida Top 20 rankings, completed their second unbeaten regular season in the past three years. They also are the last Dade team to beat Northwestern, which hasn't lost since the 2005 Class 6A state semifinal against Deerfield Beach. And they are hungry to move past the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1982.

''Columbus feels they can pull an upset like so many college teams seem to be doing this year,'' Harris said. ``They've got to realize this is a team with much more talent and unity than the time they beat us.''

Columbus features two 1,000-yard running backs: senior Jaren Jones and sophomore Jakhari Gore, who is a cousin of former Coral Gables and UM tailback Frank Gore.

It also has a huge offensive line that is led by 6-6, 280-pound right tackle Mike Goodman, who has committed to Boston College.

''This will be without a doubt one of the toughest games we've played, and the guys know they have to be ready for what's coming,'' Northwestern defensive coordinator Rodney Harris said.

``They've made up their minds to not let this be another John Mosure incident.''

Mosure, a former Explorers running back who is at Colorado State, ran over Northwestern's defense for more than 200 yards in a 28-21 victory two years ago.

To duplicate that success will be tougher this time.

BULLISH DEFENSE

Northwestern's defense is among the nation's best, led by University of Miami commitments Marcus Forston (6-2, 290) and Sean Spence. Forston, the top-rated defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com, has 12 sacks this season. He and sophomore Todd Chandler and senior Jamal Collins, each of whom has seven sacks, anchor the line.

Spence, rated the 15th-best linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com, has more than 100 tackles, after a junior season in which he had 197. Seniors Quavon Taylor and Levonte David also are Division I prospects.

The defense's young secondary has made strides, despite a season-ending injury to its top performer, Keith Richburg, three weeks ago.

Sophomore Khalid Marshall, junior Tevin McCaskill and senior Steve Gallon have a combined seven interceptions.

Although the Bulls have four shutouts this season, three less than a year ago, they are still allowing just 9.2 points a game, and one-third of those points came during the fourth quarter of blowout victories.

STEPPING UP

''Those guys are going to have to play the biggest role if we're to slow down Gore and their offensive weapons,'' Harris said. ``They're about to run into one of the best defensive lines they'll ever see.''

The Bulls' offense is averaging 43 points and 407.4 total yards a game.

Harris has 36 touchdown passes, which is one short of the county record he set last season, and has passed for 2,399 yards with three interceptions. Harris' five primary targets, Aldarius Johnson, Kendal Thompkins, Tommy Streeter, Brandon Drayton and Robert Demps, have combined for 2,226 yards receiving.

''They're a better team than last time,'' Jones said. ``Their passing game with Harris is unbelievable. Their defense with Forston can bring it.

``It's going to be a tough challenge for us.''
 11-23-2007, 10:02 PM         #2722
Sh0wty  OP
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Northwestern won it hands down.. The Game was ugly in the second half with the rain..

I think the score was 40-14
 10 years ago '04        #2723
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REGION 4-6A SEMIFINAL | NORTHWESTERN 40, COLUMBUS 14
Record performance as Northwestern tops Columbus
Jacory Harris set a Dade single-season touchdown record with 41 as the Bulls handed the Explorers their only loss of the season.
Posted on Sat, Nov. 24, 2007
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Northwestern's Aldarius Johnson, who caught 10 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, tries to elude Columbus defenders during the fourth quarter Friday night.
JOSHUA PREZANT/FOR THE MIAMI HERALD
Northwestern's Aldarius Johnson, who caught 10 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, tries to elude Columbus defenders during the fourth quarter Friday night.

* Just another day at the office for NW

Columbus fans let Northwestern's players know before the game how they felt about them with boisterous chants of `overrated.'

But the No. 1 ranked high school football team responded by flexing its muscle again with a 40-14 victory against the previously unbeaten Explorers in front of 17,000 fans at the Orange Bowl on Friday.

Northwestern (12-0) won its state-best 27th consecutive game and advances to the Region 4-6A final next Friday against South Dade at 7:30 p.m. in a game that will likely be played either again at the Orange Bowl or at Traz Powell Stadium.

Columbus (11-1), ranked No. 8 in the state in Class 6A, was trying to advance to the third round for the first time in 25 years.

''It felt like a state title game out here tonight, especially when their fans were saying that stuff,'' senior wide receiver Aldarius Johnson said. ``We didn't pay any attention to it. We just worried about what we had to get done.''

Senior Jacory Harris, one of six Bulls who have orally committed to the University of Miami, broke the Miami-Dade County single-season touchdown pass record he set last year and became the first quarterback in county history to throw 40 touchdown passes in a season.

Harris completed 22 of 32 passes for 274 yards, five touchdowns and one interception to bring his season total to 41. Johnson caught 10 of those passes for a game-high 119 yards and two touchdowns.

''I didn't even know that no one had ever thrown 40 until they told me on the sideline,'' Harris said. ``It feels great, but I'm still focused on finishing this season with another championship.''

On the same night Harris broke his previous mark of 37 touchdown passes, Tampa Plant junior quarterback Aaron Murray broke the state's single-season mark by reaching 51 touchdown passes for this season. The previous record was held by former Plant and current UM freshman Robert Marve.

Harris made history with help from his offensive line, which gave up a pair of sacks, but gave Harris time through most of the game despite a constant pass rush.

Northwestern's wide receivers hung to several tough catches in double coverage in spite of constant rain that lasted most of the second half.

Senior Kendal Thompkins caught two touchdowns, and Tommy Streeter hauled in the other.

''We just have that great chemistry on the field,'' Harris said. ``Those guys did a great job.''

And despite yielding an early touchdown on the Explorers' first drive, Northwestern's defense contained Columbus' potent backfield of 1,000-yard rushers Jaren Jones and Jakhari Gore. Senior Sean Spence intercepted two passes and cornerback Steve Gallon picked off another to disrupt Columbus' offense.

Columbus ran for a combined 155 yards, but Gore and Jones were held to 44 yards each.

''We faced a similar situation back in the championship year of 1998 when Bradenton Southeast had a pair of 1,000 yard backs,'' Northwestern coach Billy Rolle said. ``Our plan was to get about three stops early and score off of that.''

Jones scored a touchdown from two yards out that was set up by a 15 and 17-yard runs by Gore. This followed Harris' 16-yard touchdown strike to Johnson on Northwestern's first offensive play -- a score set up by Spence's first interception.

Northwestern took the lead back by converting a 4th-and-2 at the Columbus 3-yard line. Thompkins stretched out and caught a quick pass from Harris a foot ahead of the goal line.


So yup, the U is about to be pretty good for years to come with these kids coming in
 10 years ago '05        #2724
Junior G 114 heat pts114
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there's always next year..no bowling
 10 years ago '07        #2725
ttime236 38 heat pts38
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thank god this season is over......lets just take a break and wait for spring ball with the new young guns
 10 years ago '06        #2726
Xaiv 148 heat pts148
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Could Northwestern HS beat this year Miami Canes???
 10 years ago '04        #2727
1000bluntz 
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 P. Dedos said:
if mccray leaves it wont matter


sean spence >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

:rasta: :rasta: :rasta:
McCray would fit our Will spot well so I hope he goes O & B. I like Buchanan a lot as well. sh*t y'all got a lot of nice defensive commits. I heard PJ was at the Swamp, hopefully he realizes where real college football lives and breathes.
 10 years ago '04        #2728
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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 1000bluntz said:
McCray would fit our Will spot well so I hope he goes O & B. I like Buchanan a lot as well. sh*t y'all got a lot of nice defensive commits. I heard PJ was at the Swamp, hopefully he realizes where real college football lives and breathes.
get your gay a.ss obnoxious sh*t outta here, it's sickening as hell. :finger:

On other news, hell yeah i'm glad this season is over. The sh*t was sickening to see how these seniors were complete garbage and how we're paying the price thanks to Coker's recruits and fu*k ups of the past 3 years.

Now we about to get all these new kids with winning attitudes and spring ball will get started. I know Shannon and his crew will steal a few more players from other programs, Brandon Marti, a two star athlete just decommited from wisconsin and now he about to put on that green/orange jersey on. We will for sure get more defensive players, especially LBs and that's the depth of our class coming in. Another thing we need is receivers; if we can get 3 or 4 more solid guys on that position that would be good. Shannon needs to lock up more south florida players such as those other two kids from the NWestern that haven't commited yet such as Streeter who i believe will end up being a Cane and Benjamin Jones...

Finally the kyle Wright era is over and so is the Kirby Freeman cuz my n*ggas Robert Marve and Jacory Harris are taking over college football by storm next season and sh*t...even that QB from Texas might even make a push at the starting position as well and also homeboy from Virginia as well... Aldarius Johnson will ball out and that bum a.ss Sam Shields is out as well. Davon Johnson will make garbage a.ss Lance leggett get his a.ss to the bench as well. Whole bunch of underachievers.... and our D-Line will get much much more improvement with Forston coming in as a freshman. I dunno if we finna end up with Patrick Johnson... that n*gga has really been acting suspect with his commitment and if we get him, good, if not then oh well fu*k that n*gga then.

Graig Cooper should be one of the most electrifying RBs next season, no doubt and that backfield should look much better cuz baby J and McNeal are gonna get their yards as well.
 10 years ago '04        #2729
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 Cap Peeler said:

Aldarius Johnson will ball out and that bum a.ss Sam Shields is out as well. Davon Johnson will make garbage a.ss Lance leggett get his a.ss to the bench as well. Whole bunch of underachievers.... and our D-Line will get much much more improvement with Forston coming in as a freshman. I dunno if we finna end up with Patrick Johnson... that n*gga has really been acting suspect with his commitment and if we get him, good, if not then oh well fu*k that n*gga then.

Graig Cooper should be one of the most electrifying RBs next season, no doubt and that backfield should look much better cuz baby J and McNeal are gonna get their yards as well.
leggett's a senior, he's gone anyway (good riddance)

patrick johnson released a statement saying he'd be enrolling at UM for january classes, we'll see if that's true

cooper and baby j both need to hit the weights and bulk up for next year
 10 years ago '07        #2730
KingOnSlaught 1 heat pts
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 Cap Peeler said:
get your gay a.ss obnoxious sh*t outta here, it's sickening as hell. :finger:

On other news, hell yeah i'm glad this season is over. The sh*t was sickening to see how these seniors were complete garbage and how we're paying the price thanks to Coker's recruits and fu*k ups of the past 3 years.

Now we about to get all these new kids with winning attitudes and spring ball will get started. I know Shannon and his crew will steal a few more players from other programs, Brandon Marti, a two star athlete just decommited from wisconsin and now he about to put on that green/orange jersey on. We will for sure get more defensive players, especially LBs and that's the depth of our class coming in. Another thing we need is receivers; if we can get 3 or 4 more solid guys on that position that would be good. Shannon needs to lock up more south florida players such as those other two kids from the NWestern that haven't commited yet such as Streeter who i believe will end up being a Cane and Benjamin Jones...

Finally the kyle Wright era is over and so is the Kirby Freeman cuz my n*ggas Robert Marve and Jacory Harris are taking over college football by storm next season and sh*t...even that QB from Texas might even make a push at the starting position as well and also homeboy from Virginia as well... Aldarius Johnson will ball out and that bum a.ss Sam Shields is out as well. Davon Johnson will make garbage a.ss Lance leggett get his a.ss to the bench as well. Whole bunch of underachievers.... and our D-Line will get much much more improvement with Forston coming in as a freshman. I dunno if we finna end up with Patrick Johnson... that n*gga has really been acting suspect with his commitment and if we get him, good, if not then oh well fu*k that n*gga then.

Graig Cooper should be one of the most electrifying RBs next season, no doubt and that backfield should look much better cuz baby J and McNeal are gonna get their yards as well.
THANK YOU MY MAN THANK YOU:applause::applause:
 10 years ago '04        #2731
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UM's Shannon: Seniors are key
Coach Randy Shannon said the presence of seniors on UM's football team 'makes a difference.' He wants more of them.
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Junior defensive back Kenny Phillips, shown vs. North Carolina earlier this season, is ranked No. 16 by Scouts Inc. among next year's NFL draft prospects.The University of Miami finished its season with nine seniors atop the depth chart -- an average number compared to other college football teams.

A few were strong, but others were unproductive. Some struggled with injuries all season.

So, coach Randy Shannon wants more. A lot more.

''[In] the years we've won championships, we've had a lot of seniors at the University of Miami,'' Shannon said Sunday at his last post-game-day press conference of the season. ``It makes a big difference in what you're trying to get done.''

The big difference, specifically: something Shannon calls ''that extra push,'' which separates programs like that of Boston College -- which notched another of its many late wins Saturday against UM by scoring 14 fourth-quarter points -- from those like that of the Hurricanes, who by Shannon's count lost five winnable games this year.

Those five games -- especially the ones against North Carolina, North Carolina State and Georgia Tech -- kept UM (5-7, 2-6 ACC) out of a bowl game for the first time since 1997.

They also kept Shannon from reaching his goal of eight wins in his debut season.

And the slide can be stopped by stockpiling seniors -- especially the fifth-year kind.

But how to do it?

''If Calais [Campbell] and Kenny [Phillips] stay,'' Shannon said, ``that's a start.''

Campbell, a redshirt junior defensive end, is ranked seventh by Scouts Inc. among next year's draft prospects. Phillips, a true junior, is ranked No. 16. Some mock drafts have both going in or near the top 10 if they declare.

Neither has indicated which way he is leaning. But if Shannon had his way, both would be back.

''I'm not going to prevent Kenny or Calais from ever reaching the goals that they want to do,'' Shannon said. ``But, like I always do with all the guys on defense -- and I'll do it with these guys -- [I'll tell them] to fill out their forms, send them to the NFL, and get evaluated by the NFL.''

If they grade too low, Shannon said, they should come back. If they grade high, Shannon wouldn't blame them for leaving.

But it never hurts to play all four years -- with Shannon citing former standout safety Ed Reed, who delayed his Pro Bowl NFL career by one year and shared a national title in 2001.

''Like [Reed] told me,'' Shannon said. `` `Because the money's [always] going to be there, I need to win a championship.'

``I'm not the guy to try to keep them in school for myself . . , [but] that could be a start if those guys start the trend.''

The trend would involve more than just bringing back one strong junior class. It also would restart the ''grooming'' process, which recently has allowed UM to reload instead of rebuild.

Add Shannon's commitment to recruit ''football players'' instead of ''athletes,'' and the soon to be second-year head coach was decidedly positive a day after ending a season he termed ``disappointing.''

''The future's there [that] we want,'' said Shannon, noting the number of young players to see playing time this season. ``We've got to get these guys to stay here -- to be fifth-year, fourth-year guys -- to develop those young guys and show them how to understand what it takes.

``Because when you're young, you're young. But when you've got all these old guys staying, then you'll be OK.''
 10 years ago '04        #2732
Playnogames305 
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it was just reported that shawn taylor got shot this mornin in the groin
 10 years ago '07        #2733
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 Playnogames305 said:
it was just reported that shawn taylor got shot this mornin in the groin
:wow::wow::wow::wow::banghead::banghead::banghead: :banghead:



prayers go to him
 11-26-2007, 09:21 AM         #2734
Mr. 2-85  OP
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my thoughts and prayers are wit 'em
 11-26-2007, 11:51 AM         #2735
Hurricane Ra  OP
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Keep Taylor and his fam in your prayers. He was there when I was there.. Crazy kid but funny as hell.. I heard he was shot twice.. damn
 10 years ago '07        #2736
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 RakimAllahNY said:
Keep Taylor and his fam in your prayers. He was there when I was there.. Crazy kid but funny as hell.. I heard he was shot twice.. damn
i met him a couple times and the dude is a genuine good guy and a father. About the bullets, one missed and one hit him in the groin
 11-26-2007, 01:33 PM         #2737
Hurricane Ra  OP
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First Everett now this. And Bryan last year.. I really hope he pulls through this...
 10 years ago '05        #2738
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 RakimAllahNY said:
First Everett now this. And Bryan last year.. I really hope he pulls through this...
Yea thats what i was just thinking about. How all of this is happening. This is too much.
 10 years ago '04        #2739
KiNgJaMeS305|M 58 heat pts58
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one of these cubans or haitians must have done some santeria sh*t to all the sports teams in this city. They did it the year the heat won the championship

bad sh*t has happened since that series
 10 years ago '06        #2740
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RIP Sean Taylor :(
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