The news will repeat itself a number of times throughout the summer – on football
fields through South Florida. BCAA member schools turning heads and making a
lasting impression on a football community that knows talent.
Last week, a number of Broward County schools flocked to Central Park in
Plantation for the annual Dolphins/Under Armour 7-on-7 event that attracted
over 50 schools and showcased some of the elite talent that is produced in this
While the BCAA teams came up short on Championship Sunday, which was
help for the final eight teams at Sun Life Stadium, it was yet another great day
where schools such as Blanche Ely and Taravella made a huge impression with
As he watched his Taravella Trojans advance to the final 8, veteran head coach
Dan Marguriet talked about the importance of the early summer events. While
his team stays in shape – year round – it's just another facet in building a total
"You look at the amazing talent that is on the field from Broward, Miami-Dade
and Palm Beach, and you can't help but feel great for the kids," Marguriet pointed
out. "They are forming bonds by being together for a weekend, which during the
summer is something that every coach would take in a second."
Marguriet also talked about playing top competition in June getting the team ready
for those games in late November that could mean the difference in making a
playoff spot and being left out.
Taravella lost eventual tournament champion Miami Booker T. Washington in a
tremendous game that saw the Trojans stick in there until the end with the heavily
Blanche Ely dropped a 35-28 decision to former University of Miami quarterback
Steve Walsh and his West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman squad.
Other teams that took part in the tournament from the BCAA included Monarch,
Flanagan, Northeast, Dillard, McArthur, Boyd Anderson, Coral Springs Charter,
Coral Glades, Coral Springs, South Broward and Miramar, who brought three
While Northeast is always going to be a team that fans wand other programs want
to see – because of top-rated senior receiver Stacy Coley – there are other young
players that head coach Donnell Bennett's squad will feature.
The Hurricanes will have two quarterbacks who will rule things in South Florida ,
and perhaps statewide, into the future, with 6-3, 170-pounder Lamar Jackson and
6-6, 195-pound Brion Sanchious. The Hurricanes will also boast fullback Deon
Thomas (5-8, 190) and future shutdown cornerback Terrance Henley (5-10, 160).
DAVIN JOSEPH HOSTS EVENT
One of the athletes who has given back more to his community than any other
professional sports figure in South Florida is one-time Hallandale standout Davin
Joseph, who provides year round help to the City of Hallandale Beach with his
donations and contributions, does the same in Tampa, where he is a two-time Pro
Bowl offensive guard for the Bucs.
On Saturday, July 14, the Davin Joseph Events for Cause Foundation Presents
a FREE DAVIN JOSEPH OFFENSIVE LINEMAN CAMP, which will be held
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hallandale Senior High School, 720 NW 9th Avenue,
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.
CAMP SCHEDULE: 11–11:30am: Registration. 11:30am: Welcome
Presentation. 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Stretching and Skills Stations.
Deadline to register is July 3. It is limited to the first 100 participants.
For more information, please contact Angel Williams 813-957-5782.
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