2021 Miami Hurricane verbal commitments Leonard Taylor and Brashard Smith continue to make game-changing plays on Miami Palmetto’s march toward a state championship.
Taylor and Smith led Palmetto to a 10-7 victory over Vero Beach in the Class 8A-Region 3 final last Friday night.
Taylor was again dominant from his defensive tackle position as he intercepted a pass early and forced a fumble that preserved the game late for Palmetto.
.@56reasons_ with an incredible play all the way around to intercept this shovel pass that led to Palmetto scoring on a short field in the first quarter @JonSantucci @CarlBleich @TheStateOfTheU pic.twitter.com/UVRTCstbEp— Bryan Cooney (@Bryan_Cooney) December 5, 2020
The game-clinching play from @56reasons_ was just another incredible effort, rushing in and leaping to poke the ball free and seal @PantherPride305 spot in next week's 8A Final Four @JonSantucci @TheStateOfTheU @CarlBleich @larryblustein pic.twitter.com/HOflsH1h50— Bryan Cooney (@Bryan_Cooney) December 5, 2020
Smith scored Palmetto’s lone touchdown of the game in the first quarter.
2021 #Canes Brashard Smith | @BrashardS | with the rushing TD after a fellow commit Leonard Taylor’s strip fumble on Vero Beach’s first possession puts visiting @PalmettoFB up 10-0. #hotbedworld @FootballHotbed pic.twitter.com/3h4rAcm9G6— Brandon Odoi (@Brandon_Odoi) December 5, 2020
#Canes commit @BrashardS after his Herculean effort running the ball and managing the offense for @PalmettoFB helping them to a 10-7 victory over Vero Beach. @FootballHotbed pic.twitter.com/OYmCqF123v— Brandon Odoi (@Brandon_Odoi) December 5, 2020
Miami Central is a region champion yet again after a convincing 40-0 victory over Fort Myers-Dunbar last Friday night. The Rockets outscored three Southwest Florida opponents 113-37 to win Class 6A-Region 4 over the past three weeks.
My favorite highlight of this week (and maybe the entire season) is from 2021 verbal commitment Laurence Seymore. Let’s just say Seymore won the battle against his man on this short touchdown run by former UM target Amari Daniels.
The ref saved him tried to take him for a ride https://t.co/jPUxZ5zcPN— Laurence “Big Baby” Seymore (@xklvsive00) December 5, 2020
The Hurricanes have ten verbal commitments still alive in the FHSAA playoffs, including four playing who have already earned a spot in their respective classification’s state championship game.
In Georgia, 2021 defensive line commitment Thomas Davis did his best to ensure his Valdosta (Ga.)-Lowndes team would still have a shot at the AAAAAA state title. Davis had 11 tackles and a sack in Lowndes 21-13 win over Kennesaw (Ga.)-North Cobb in an AAAAAA Quadrant 1 semifinal.
In Texas, Elijah Arroyo caught two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in Frisco (Tx.) Independence’s blowout victory. Arroyo now has 635 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches heading into the postseason.