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December 29, 2013

Dade downs Team Florida 10-6

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MIRAMAR - There wasn't much offense in the 19th Annual Nike South Florida All-Star Game.

In Team Dade's 10-6 win over Team Florida, the only score came from QB Khalil Render (South Dade), who snuck past a host of defenders to reach the end zone on a 6-yard touchdown run with 3:37 left in the first quarter. It was the culmination of a 15-play, 80-yard drive that lasted nearly seven game minutes long.

The extra point, which was made by K Jorge Powell (Belen Jesuit), gave Team Dade a 7-0 lead.

"It was a read-option play," Render said. "My first thought was to run the ball. I had the open lane to rip it to the end zone. I'm glad it worked out for us."

Team Florida got on the board with 23 seconds left in the first quarter, when K Jon Semerae (Cypress Bay) connected on a 28-yard field goal to cut Team Dade's lead to 7-3. The scoring drive was set up by two defensive penalties committed by Team Dade and an 18-yard pass from QB Nick Jeanty (Miramar) to WR Keygan Dunning (Miramar), which got Team Florida to Team Dade's 12-yard line.

Neither team scored again until the third quarter, when Team Florida's Semerae connected on a 19-yard field goal with 2:30 left to further cut Team Dade's lead to 7-6. It was set up by a drive that started at the Dade 20-yard line, thanks to a short-distance punt from Dade on a previous offensive drive that was stalled at their own 13-yard line.

Team Florida RB E.J. Elien (Seminole Ridge) had runs of 10 and 8 yards en route to the Team Dade 2-yard line. But Team Dade DL Jordan Ingraham (Booker T. Washington) stuffed Elien for a 2-yard loss on the second-and-goal play.

Team Dade dodged a bullet on the very next play, when Jeanty's third-and-goal pass intended for Team Florida WR Ronquavion Tarver (Glades Central) fell incomplete in the end zone.

"We missed an opportunity right there," Team Florida head coach Rodney Gray said.

Team Florida's inability to score in the red zone would hurt them later on, particularly when Team Dade's offense ate up most of the clock on a 13-play, 75-yard line that resulted in a 30-yard field goal by Powell with 1:35 left in the game.

Team Dade's 10-6 lead was set up by a key 33-yard run from RB Karoney Oliver (Miami Jackson), which got his team in good field goal range at the Team Florida 17.

"I was just trying to gain some yardage on my opponents," the 5'3", 140-pound running back said. "Team Florida had a lot of big and fast defenders out there, so I had to be patient and take what they gave me to work with."


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