4-PEAT: Miami Central Rockets rout Armwood in annual 6A Final Rematch
ORLANDO -- Miami Central Rockets do what they do.... They WIN Championships. Not only do the Rockets win, but they do it in a dominating fashion.
Defending champs Miami Central dominated Seffner Armwood 48-13 en route to their 4th consecutive Class 6A State Championship.
The Miami Central Rockets have now won 5 state championships in school history, their 4th straight. The Rockets are now the 2nd team in Dade County to win 4 straight championships.
A dominant defense set the tone for the Rockets. After a quick 90 yard jaunt by Armwood RB Erin Collins, the Rockets defense buckled down and only allowed one other score: a late TD pass, when the game was out of reach with only 4 minutes left in the 4th quarter.
LB Donovan Thompson led the charge for the Miami Central D with 8 tackles, laying hard hit after hard hit. Thompson also had 1 forced fumble and 1 QBH. Florida State commit Kier Thomas also brung the pain with 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 Block, and a QBH.
The first points on the board for Central came on defense as Allen Jones returned a Darian McNeal fumble 90 yards. On the ensuing kickoff, the Rockets laid the boom, forcing another Armwood turnover. With great field position from the Hawks, the Rockets punched it in for the 14-6 lead. The Rockets never looked back.
The Miami Central program keeps producing star running backs. In 2013, current FSU star RB Dalvin Cook ran for 223 yards and 4 TDs in his final 6A State Final game, a drubbing of Armwood. Last year, Anthony Jones ran for 199 yards. This year Dalvin Cook's younger brother, James Cook, followed in big bro footsteps, rushing 15 times for 178 yards and 3 TDs. Cook broke touchdown runs of 28, 6, and 57 yards.
Let's go back down memory lane to name just a few of the greats to grace the halls on 95th Street:
And now add freshman RB James Cook to this impressive list of great Miami Central backs... leading his Rockets to a state title as a freshman.
Senior Jerrod Thomas added some firepower at the QB position, going 13-19 for 156 yards, and 2 TD passes, O INT. Thomas managed the game well: he hit passes when he needed it, and had 0 turnovers. Central's offense racked up 461 yards, 305 on the ground and 161 through the air.
Seffner Armwood came into the game confident the this may be their year. The Hawks came in undefeated, with a high power offense featuring two backs over 1000 yards. It didn't matter to the Rockets as they made big play after big play to stifle the Hawks offense. Although Armwood running backs Erin Collins and Darian McNeal had respectable numbers , the Hawks failed to counteract a Miami Central assault. After the Hawks initial score, Central outscored the state final foe 48-7, including a 46 yard heave from Thomas to Carmoni Green as time expired before halftime. The Rockets added a 2 point conversion to go up at the half, 29-6, and send a message that the Rockets are the defending champs.
As the clock inched toward 0, you could hear the cries of the crowd and sideline screaming Dynasty. Miami Central Rockets have a recipe for winning. Miami Central has played in the last 6 State final games since 2011, and has brought 5 of those trophies back to 95th street. Telly Lockette and Roland Smith have now brought 5 trophies back to Dade County in the last 6 years.