Check the history of McArthur High's football program over the years, and you'll
be surprised to find that the Mustangs have done pretty well for themselves.
Not only has the program done well with the athletes they have sent on to the next
level – as well as those who played professionally over the past two decades –
including Errict Rhett, Bryant McFadden and Erasmus James – but this is a school
that has had undefeated seasons and a sound playoff history.
After several years of trying to build back to what it once was, Andrew Rhoden
was brought in to take the athletes available to the school, which has always been
plentiful and talented, and bring them back on the same page.
As this program hits the summer, there is plenty to work on, but there are plenty
of athletes who are on the same page as Rhoden and his quality staff, which have
spent time developing athletes.
While senior linebacker Jeremy Benjamin is getting most of the attention, and for
good reason, this is a very young team (just 14 seniors) that will go into a district
that includes St. Thomas, South Broward, Plantation and defending champion
Benjamin, who has over 30 college offers, is the reason that fellow seniors such
as defensive back/running back Cameron Johnson, defensive back Steven Chica,
talented running back Jabari Graves and defensive lineman Reggie Atkins have
been getting exposure in the off season.
The Mustangs are also very talented in the underclass with juniors Terrell Bonds
(quarterback), Damian Richardson (defensive back), Torris Calloway, Nick
Meridionale (defensive back), Davon Witherspoon (receiver), Ricardo Valentin
(linebacker), offensive linemen Michael Pagan, Matthew Padilla and Wayne
Hunt, and defensive linemen Alex Vargas, Terry Richardson, Isaiah Mortimer and
The Class of 2015 – the athletes who make up the sophomore class – are also very
impressive, starting with defensive back/quarterback Kendrell McFadden, Harold
Carvajal (quarterback), Janorvis Pough, kicker Romaine Richards, linebacker
Eric Kendrick, defensive end Davin Clifton, defensive linemen Nick Jimenez and
Sammy Jean-Claude, offensive lineman Jarrett Corrie, receivers Alex Fowler,
Jeramie Smith and Tracy Griffin, and linebacker Andre Kahleel.
HEATH EVANS ON SATURDAY
The seventh annual Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 Championship on Saturday,
June 9th at The King's Academy in West Palm Beach.
The invitation-only tournament, which traditionally features many of the top
programs in the state, will be held at The King's Academy, Evans' alma mater.
Sixteen teams will be involved in the impressive event that includes reigning Class
8A champion Tampa Plant and Class 8A runner-up Miramar, who has been in the
event every year.
The talented field includes several teams who advanced deep into the 2011
FHSAA playoffs, including Dwyer, a Class 7A semifinalist; Miami Central, the
Class 6A finalist, and Miami Booker T. Washington, the Class 4A finalist.
Also playing will be first-time participant Tampa Wharton as well as Cypress Bay,
McArthur, Vero Beach, Miami Carol City, Blanche Ely, Palm Beach Central and
host King's Academy.
Teams will be split into divisions and play a round-robin format beginning at
9 a.m. After a lunch break, there will be single-elimination competition in the
afternoon with the semifinals set for 3 p.m. and the championship game scheduled
for 4 p.m.
In addition to the skill players, high school linemen will have their own
The Chick-Fil-A Lineman's Challenge features a series of events, including a
combine-style bench press, an agility challenge course and head-to-head tire flip
over a 30-yard course. An individual champion will be crowned as well as an
overall team champion. Last year there was the Fastest Man Challenge, a 40-yard
dash featuring one representative from each team.
The Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 Championship, presented by Hulett
Environmental, is open to the public. Tickets are $5 person and available at the
gate. The King's Academy is located at 8401 Belvedere Road, approximately one
mile east of 441.
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