Devonta Freeman, Miami Central Running Back, Is the Player to Watch Tonight Against Northwestern
|Central running back Devonta Freeman is FSU-bound, but not before another tilt at Northwestern and a state title|
Now the 18-year-old running back is lighting up South Florida defenses as one of the stars of the Miami Central High Rockets football team.
But his and Central's season is on the line tonight against Liberty City archrival Northwestern. We promise the game will be a hell of a lot better than watching the Miami Heat.
The last time the two teams squared off, Devonta (pronounced Deh-VON-tay) ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns. With Northwestern focused on Central's rapid-strike passing game, Freeman found acres of space to exploit. Central won 25-22.
Despite largely sitting out several blowout wins earlier in the season, Freeman has 1,260 yards in 11 games. The 5-foot-11 senior is taking his dreadlocks and biceps tattoos to Tallahassee next year to play for the Florida State Seminoles.
And although he hasn't yet reached the 2,000-yard mark he set for himself ahead of the season, he has already proven his doubters wrong.
But Devonta's impending demolition of the Bulls defensive line is only one matchup to look for tonight.
|Central QB Rakeem Cato warming up. He's been on fire this season, breaking just about every Miami-Dade record for passing|
Ultimately, however, the game will come down to more than offensive output. First, Central's defense has come a long way since a gut-wrenching opening-day loss to Camden County, Georgia that ruined the team's national title hopes.
But Central's ace in the hole is its kicking game, made up entirely by sophomore Emilio Nadelman. His kickoffs and punts render opponents' return teams worthless. In the win over Northwestern earlier in the season, his 42-yard field goal was the difference.
Don't expect a blowout, but we predict the Rockets to topple the Bulls 28-21. Central beat Northwestern in the playoffs last year before losing to Miramar in the semis. This time around, we say state champs.
Tonight's kickoff is at 7:30 at Traz Powell Stadium, Miami Dade College North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave. Arrive early. The game will be packed.