In Florida's talent-rich South region, the question has always remained the same: "Who produces the better high school football athletes, Miami-Dade or Broward County?"
Each year the top seniors from both counties have a chance to answer that question in the Annual Miami-Dade/Broward All-Star game sponsored by Nike.
In its 14th year, Nike's production, which featured prospects coveted throughout the nation, proved that Broward County produced the best players for the Class of 2010 as they defeated Miami-Dade 29-20 at Flanagan High School on Friday night.
The Broward All-Stars were led by Blanche Ely quarterback Michael German, who passed for 166 yards and two touchdowns. German was awarded the game's MVP trophy and was named Broward County's Player of the Year.
Although German was instrumental in the win, it was St. Thomas Aquinas running back James White who got the party started for Broward. White, a Wisconsin verbal, turned a short toss from Stranahan quarterback Willie Tindal into a 55-yard touchdown to give Broward a 7-0 lead on their first possession.
Broward's offensive outburst was complemented by a swarming defense as the unit forced four first-half turnovers. Two of those were credited to Boyd Anderson's Stephen Clark, who grabbed an interception and recovered a fumble.
Fueled by the defense's stellar play, German helped extend the lead, 19-7, after completing a 48-yard touchdown pass to Deerfield Beach's Donte Dotson with 4:13 remaining in the second quarter. Dotson's elusive skills wowed the crowd after the catch, which included ankle-breaking cuts and electrifying moves.
Miami Central receiver Derrick Knowles caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Columbus quarterback Garrett Colao to help Dade reach within six, 19-13, by halftime.
Miami Northwestern receiver Michaelee Harris, a Louisville verbal, helped the Dade All-Stars cut the deficit to two, 22-20, after catching a 26-yard touchdown pass with 4:17 left in the third quarter.
Despite Harris’s heroics, it was Germans' poise that helped the Broward All-Stars seal the win. After being knocked around and chased by some of Dade County's top defenders, German kept his composure and completed a 57-yard touchdown pass to Dillard's Jazz Moss with 8:46 left in regulation.
The Miami-Dade All-Stars still lead the series 8-6.
Knight reaches 3,000-point mark
Pine Crest guard Brandon Knight, the reigning Gatorade National Player of the Year, added to his list of accolades this week after scoring 36 points to go along with 10 assists and eight rebounds in a 64-61 win over Princeton at the Flyin' to the Hoop Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday.
Knight's 36 pushed his career total to 3,033 points, No. 2 all-time in Broward County behind former Blanche Ely and American Heritage standout Kenny Boynton, who totaled 3,367 career points (No. 3 all-time in Florida). Knight hit a game-winning 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation to seal the win for the Panthers.
Michel named Youth All-American Bowl MVP
In the second annual Football University Youth All-American Bowl, which showcases many of the nation's top seventh- and eighth-graders, American Heritage's (Plantation, Fla.) Sony Michel proved that he was an athlete of the future and one of the nation's best. Michel, an eighth-grader, led the East to a 42-0 win over the West by gaining 276 all-purpose yards and scoring four touchdowns. The young phenom rushed for 167 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns, while also returning a punt for a score. Michel also made some noise throughout the state after amassing 1,825 yards and 20 touchdowns on 248 carries this season.
Durbin eclipses 1,000-point mark
North Broward senior forward Vanessa Durbin surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her high school career after scoring 15 points and grabbing eight rebounds in a 49-37 win over Coral Springs Charter. Durbin's eight rebounds put her at 931 for her career.
This week's Top Individual Performance award goes to McArthur guard Angel Desiderio, who led the Mustangs to a 79-78 win over Deerfield Beach. Desiderio, a sophomore who had to switch from guard to center in the third quarter, scored a game-high 24 points to go along with 13 rebounds, six blocks, five steals and five assists.
Top performers (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County)
Amanda Mendoza, Guard, Horeb Christain, scored a game-high 45 points to go along with four steals in a 53-46 win over Greater Miami Academy.
N'Kiru Anyagaligbo, Center, Dr. Krop, knocked down a key free throw with 11 seconds remaining in regulation in a 53-50 win over Pace. Anyagaligbo, a freshman, scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Tim Hardaway Jr., Guard, Palmetto, scored 31 points, including five 3-pointers, to go along with four assists in a 67-66 win over Killian.
Lynden Trail, Forward, Booker T. Washington, scored 13 points and grabbed 25 rebounds in a 72-64 win over Ransom.
Amanda Sicre, Guard, Florida Christian, recorded a triple-double by scoring 28 points to go along with 12 rebounds and 10 steals in a 59-33 win over Hebrew Academy.
Fabricio De Melo, Center, Sagemont, scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 67-61 win over Chaminade (Miss.).
Brittany Taylor, Forward, University School, scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 53-48 win over Pace.
Robert Lockhart, Guard, West Boca, scored a career-high 39 points, including 21 in the third quarter, in a 71-60 win over Spanish River.
Allie Russo, Guard, St. Andrew's, scored 15 points to go along with six rebounds, six steals and six assists in a 68-19 win over Pope John Paul II. Russo is a freshman.
Brandon Knight, Guard, Pine Crest, scored a game-high 40 points in a 89-48 win over Archbishop McCarthy.