Broward All-Stars dom­i­nate Dade All-Stars

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - BY JOR­DAN MCPHER­SON jm­cpher­[email protected]­ami­her­

Cor­ner­back D.J. Craw­ford saw the pass com­ing. An er­rant throw from Isiah Velez landed right in Craw­ford’s arms dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of the Dade-Broward All-Star foot­ball game on Fri­day night.

As Craw­ford, a stand­out for the Fort Laud­erdale Flying L’s this past sea­son, weaved and bobbed past po­ten­tial tack­lers while re­turn­ing the in­ter­cep­tion, he had one goal.

“Get the touch­down,” Craw­ford said af­ter­ward with a smile.

And by the nose of a foot­ball, he did. It was one of sev­eral state­ment mo­ments for the Broward All-Stars, who left Traz Pow­ell Sta­dium with a

35-0 win over their ri­vals one county to the south.

“They did what we thought they would do based off what we saw at prac­tice,” said Fort Laud­erdale’s Richard Dun­bar, who coached the Broward team. “It trans­ferred to the field.”

Craw­ford, who wasn’t on the ini­tial ros­ter, was named the game’s de­fen­sive Most Valu­able Player af­ter record­ing a pair of in­ter­cep­tions, in­clud­ing the pick-six.

Western quar­ter­back Jesse Rivera earned of­fen­sive MVP honors af­ter throw­ing a pair of touch­down passes in the win, the first a 19-yard strike to Car­di­nal Gib­bons tight end Nik Og­nen­ovic in the first quar­ter and the sec­ond to Strana­han’s Jonathan Solomon with 3:45 left in the game to force the run­ning clock.

The Dade All-Stars, mean­while, strug­gled to find any mo­men­tum through­out the game. The of­fense turned the ball over four times. The de­fense missed tack­les. Pe- nal­ties hand­i­capped drives. They had one true scor­ing op­por­tu­nity on their open­ing drive. It ended with Coral Reef’s Daniel Hen­der­son miss­ing a 31-yard field-goal at­tempt wide right.

And then there was a few al­ter­ca­tions. Mul­ti­ple scuf­fles broke out in the sec­ond half. The last one, which came af­ter a fourth-quar­ter kick­off once Broward went up 28-0, re­sulted in ref­er­ees talk­ing to both teams’ coaches near mid­field. The game even­tu­ally re­sumed.

“It’s al­ways com­pet­i­tive, ev­ery­body al­ways wants to win,” Rivera said. “I’m not say­ing ev­ery­body should get chippy like that. But when it hap­pens, it’s un­der­stand­able. We’re all get­ting into the game.”

Some other stand­out per­form­ers from Fri­day’s game:

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Her­itage run­ning back Lavel­ton Williams: He opened scor­ing with a 10-yard rush­ing touch­down that was set up af­ter he broke off a 44-yard run ear­lier on the Broward team’s open­ing drive. He al­most had a sec­ond touch­down in the third quar­ter but fum­bled the ball out of the end zone.

Fort Laud­erdale re

A ceiver Stan­ley Robin­son: With Dun­bar opt­ing for a bit of trick­ery in the sec­ond half, Robin­son ex­e­cuted a pair of dou­ble passes to per­fec­tion, find­ing St. Thomas Aquinas re­ceiver Ja­mal Cooney both times for 31 yards.

St. Thomas Aquinas

A run­ning back Nigel White: The se­nior fin­ished with 61 rush­ing yards and a sec­ond-half touch­down.







AN­DREW ULOZA For the Mi­ami Her­ald

Broward All-Star quar­ter­back Jesse Rivera runs the ball against Mi­ami-Dade dur­ing the All-Star game on Fri­day night at Traz Pow­ell Sta­dium. Rivera, who played for Western, was named the of­fen­sive MVP af­ter throw­ing for two touch­downs.

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