A game that the Miami-Dade All-Stars dominated from start to finish nearly got away from them Friday night at the 4th Annual Miami Dolphins Dade-Broward All Star Game Presented by Under Armour at Sun Life Stadium.
Leading 24-7 with just over six minutes left in the game, Dade gave up two consecutive late touchdowns to Broward County that nearly cost them the game, before scoring off a fumble recovery to seal the contest, a 31-20 victory, for their fourth consecutive triumph over Broward County.
“This game definitely shows the supremacy of South Florida. If you look at how close these games were the last two years, it shows the two counties are very close,” Miami Dolphins Senior Director of Community Affairs Twan Russell said. “The thing I’m most proud of is these young men being able to go out on the football field, potentially for the last time ever, and play in front of South Florida. It’s just fun to watch them have a great time and be able to showcase their talents in front of the South Florida community.”
Just when the game appeared to be locked up for the Dade All Stars, the Broward squad made a furious comeback attempt that made the 4th Annual Miami Dolphins Dade-Broward All-Star Game an instant classic once again.
With just over six minutes remaining, Broward forced a Dade turnover that led to a Lajuan Hunt Jr. 4-yard touchdown run, and then used a monster kickoff return on the next possession to set up another Hunt Jr. touchdown run, and suddenly it was a 24-20 game.
After another Dade turnover on downs, Broward had just over a minute to complete the comeback, but fumbled deep in their own territory, which Dade recovered and took to the house to ice the game.
The Dade County All Stars now hold a 4-0 all-time series lead over Broward County.
“I’m just proud to represent Dade County and I enjoyed getting to know the young men from the different schools,” Miami-Dade County Head Coach Chevas Clements said. “This is the best talent from South Florida, and I’d really like to get the opportunity to help these kids get into school; that’s a big deal in coaching this game for me.”
Despite the lopsided score entering the fourth quarter, Broward actually played a good game defensively, limiting Dade’s big play ability. Ultimately, it was the Broward offense that cost them the game, having two key fumbles deep in their own territory that led to easy scoring drives for Dade.
Dade County quarterback Kahlil Render, who plays at South Dade High School, paced his team’s offense, posting two touchdown runs to earn the Offensive MVP award. Broward County’s Andrew Korakakos, a linebacker at University High School, garnered the Defensive MVP Award.
“It feels good to participate in the game; it’s the best All Stars in Dade County,” Render said. “I feel good about winning the MVP. We played well as a team.”
All proceeds from the game were distributed between both counties to help support the funding of their football athletic programs. The Miami Dolphins donated over $20,000 towards the Miami-Dade and Broward Counties’ athletic programs through this game.
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness, and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics, and Youth Football Camps.
The Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium continue to establish itself as the top venue in the state for high school football action by previously hosting high school football contests including St. Thomas High School v. Christopher Columbus High School, Miami Central High School v. Booker T. Washington High School, Miami Central High School v. Miami Northwestern High School, and the 4th Annual Miami Dolphins Dade-Broward All-Star Game.