PALMETTO BAY, FLA. -- Last weekend, over 150 spectators made their way to watch an early morning showdown that featured two unbeaten teams -- Palmetto Bay Broncos vs. Parkland Rangers, 130lbs. I take my hate off to both coaching staffs.
The Palmetto Bay vs. Parkland Rangers 130-pounds game reminded me of a clean NFL rivalry game, 49ers vs. Seahawks. The winner of this contest would be the team who scores first and plays excellent defense and special teams. As you can see, the broncos last minute touchdown was a heart breaker for the rangers as both defenses would force a large number of three-and-outs.
The first half of the game featured outstanding defensive play by both the student-athletes and defensive coordinators. Both offenses was trying to find the right formula to reach the end zone. Palmetto Bay QBs (#10) Jose Corbo and (#1) Wendell Tillman would both display dual-threat ability, running for a pair of 5-yard plus designed runs and connecting on short passes, but the rangers stingy defense led by (#4) middle linebacker Sanaan Cuffy would bend but not break.
The rangers run-heavy offense was tough and productive. The running back by committee: (#31) Terrell Taylor, (#88) Mark Dorsett, (#40) Hugo Silsby rushed for over 100-yards and would grind out a number of first down runs, but just like the rangers defense, the broncos would bend but not break. Defensive end (#23) Melvin Dean and defensive tackle (#5) Justin Smith would both make several key tackles behind the line of the scrimmage stopping the rangers in clutch situations.
Second half, the rangers would find life on offense as they would drive the ball all the way down into the broncos red zone. On third down, the broncos cornerback (#11) Dominick Nelson would deliver the biggest hit of the game in coverage, forcing a 4th down. The play of the game, was made by the broncos outside linebacker, (#21) Jaiden Louis. Jaiden blocked the rangers possible game winning field goal, erupting the crowd.
The next drive the broncos capitalized now, late in the fourt quarter with 30-seconds remaining. The broncos (#1) quarterback Wendell Tillman would find running back (#2) Marc Charlemange on a 53-yard go route, for the game winning touchdown. Running back (#5) Justin Smith would later power his way into the end zone for the extra point -- giving the broncos a (7-0) lead and putting the game away.
Here's a footnote -- Palmetto Bay Broncos Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator Willie Cannon and Defensive Coordinator Darriel "D.C." Cannon has not allowed single touchdown nor field goal in 3-games