Plantation, FL – Miami Carol City defeated Dillard, 31-28, in a thrilling game that featured two of Miami-Dade County’s premier teams to win the 8th annual Miami Dolphins Academy 7-on-7 High School Football Tournament Presented by Under Armour at Plantation Central Park. This marks the second time in the past three years that Miami Carol City has won the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7. In 2013, they defeated Miami Jackson, 28-21, to advance to the National Tournament.
“Every year we put this event on our calendar,” Carol City coach Aubrey Hill said. "We're so excited to be part of this tournament and compete against the best high schools in the area.”
Carol City came out on top from a field more than 40 schools from the tri-county area that participated in the three-day event. They advanced to the championship game after defeating Ft. Lauderdale, 24-14, in the quarterfinals and Pahokee, 31-21, in the semi-finals.
In the championship game, Carol City trailed by a score of 21-10 with less than seven minutes remaining. They scored two consecutive touchdowns to take a 24-21 lead with 40 seconds left in the game. Dillard drove the ball down the field and scored with six seconds left to go up 28-24. With only one play left Carol City quarterback Steven Calvert threw a Hail Mary into the end zone, which was caught as time expired to give them a 31-28 victory.
“It’s great to go out here and compete with the best,” Calvert said. “Our running backs ran well today and created an open field which allowed us to make some great completions.”
The three-day event began with the mandatory HSPD Symposium on Friday, June 12, which focused on character development and life skills training. A variety of guest speakers, including Miami Dolphins Senior Director of Community Affairs Twan Russell, Miami Dolphins Manager of Youth Programs Troy Drayton, former Miami Dolphins fullback Lousaka Polite, Dave Brosseau of the Sun Sentinel, Jim Berry from CBS4 and Francisco Urrutia, gave the students practical life lessons and advice aimed to help them as they enter adulthood. The tournament got underway on Saturday, June 13 with round robin games and the first round of the playoffs.
“The symposium is more important to us than the tournament itself,” Drayton said. “Our goal is to give these young men as many tools as we can to be successful. The lessons learned will be huge for them since a lot of these guys will be playing college football in the near future.”
The weekend also included youth tournaments in three different age groups. In the 10-and-under division, the Miramar Hotboyz defeated the Miramar 9U team, 16-0, in the championship game. In the 12-and-under division, Gwen Cherry defeated the PPO Dreamkillers, 20-10, after barely holding on against PAL 12U in the semifinals. In the oldest age group, 14-and-under, Red Zone Elite beat PPO Fire, 13-3, after losing in the championship game a year ago.