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MIAMI, Fla. – Herb Waters doesn’t care who’s on the other side of the ball, even if it’s a future teammate.
Waters, a wide receiver from Homestead, had no problems laying out Coral Reef cornerback Vernon Davis on a block that sprung a touchdown pass for his quarterback in Thursday's game.
Waters’ hit on Davis left the defender on the field to be tended to by the training staff.
“We are committed to the ‘U’ and we’ll be teammates then, but when we are on the field and he’s got on a different color, he’s my enemy,” Waters said.
Davis would later return.
“He hit me real hard, but I recovered, I’m alright,” Davis said.
After the play, Davis told Waters to keep his “head on a swivel” but the two did not have any other collisions after the first quarter play.
Waters shined in a losing effort returning a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and catching two passes for 24 yards.
But Davis’ team got the come from behind win, 20-17.
“The second half we came out flat and didn’t play as a team,” Waters said. “That’s what we need to practice on more, coming out in the second half and playing as a team.”
Homestead was up 17-0 at halftime, but allowed Coral Reef to get back into due to a punt by Waters that went off his teammate’s back that was recovering in the end zone by Coral Reef. In the final minute, Coral Reef fumbled at the goal line, but they recovered it in the end zone for the go-ahead score.
“There’s a lot of frustration,” Waters said. “Seeing the fumble got my hopes up, but we aren’t going to win them all. We’re going to win some, we’re going to lose some. We just have to come back next week against Belen and take over.”
Following Waters’ punt return for a score, he celebrated by throwing up the ‘U’ to his sideline.
“I saw my gunner make an incredible block,” Waters said. “I saw the hole and took it, I didn’t have any hesitation. Last week I was supposed to throw it up, but I was so anxious when I scored and so happy. I did it this time for James Burgess, he always wants me to throw it up when I score.”
With the loss, Homestead is now 1-2. However, Waters is having a good year. He’s caught seven passes for 100 yards and one touchdown, rushed for 114 yards and a score on three carries, and threw a 40-yard touchdown pass. The punt return was his first in the return game.
“It’s going good right now. It could be better.”
Waters is planning on attending Miami’s game against Ohio State on Saturday.
“I just hope they come out,” Waters said. “They got some players back so it should be different. I’m going to be at the game to see what they got.”
Waters is planning on taking all five of his official visits with Burgess and the two plan on setting them up next week.
Waters says he’s considering taking visits to Florida State, North Carolina, UCF, West Virginia, and Louisville.
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Herb Throwin Up the U