Sebastian the Ibis leads the Miami Hurricanes onto the field at Hard Rock Stadium before a September 2019 victory over Central Michigan. | Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Future Hurricane James Williams looked dominant in his senior season opener
The first game of five-star recruit James Williams’ senior season created quite a buzz in Hurricane circles on social media.
Williams and his new Plantation-American Heritage teammates defeated Hollywood-Chaminade-Madonna 7-3 on last Friday night in a game that featured four Hurricane verbal commitments in total.
Williams, who announced a transfer from Davie-Western in January, led a stout Patriot defense that controlled Hurricanes 2021 running back verbal commitment Thad Franklin better than most.
Lmao that closing speed by James Williams sheeeesh… best DB in the state easy pic.twitter.com/NOTPksUeXO
— (@LoS0__) September 18, 2020
— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) September 19, 2020
James Williams with the tackle for loss on Thad Franklin. pic.twitter.com/9pkf9JrBED
— David Wilson (@DBWilson2) September 19, 2020
Franklin rushed for 83 yards—57 of which came on one run—and no touchdowns after rushing for 171 yards and four touchdowns in Chaminade-Madonna’s season opener.
Thad Franklin explodes for a 57-yard run. pic.twitter.com/3tN4MTuycM
— Anthony Yero (@AnthonyYero1) September 19, 2020
Miami’s other Chaminade-Madonna commitments—2021 defensive lineman Allan Haye and 2022 defensive lineman Jamaal Johnson—helped keep the Lions in the game.
Strip sack by Jamaal Johnson and a recovery by Kenyatta Jackson Jr. Chaminade takes over at the 25. pic.twitter.com/9lUVqPWH1P
— Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein) September 18, 2020
Chaminade-Madonna’s defensive line is incredible. Miami commit Jamaal Johnson forces a fumble and Allan Haye was right there, too. pic.twitter.com/Ipoi4MDmP5
— David Wilson (@DBWilson2) September 18, 2020
The loss was Chaminade-Madonna’s first to a Broward County opponent since losing to the Patriots on September 21, 2018.
Elsewhere, 2021 verbal commitment Malik Curtis helped push Fort Myers-Bishop Verot to a close win over Lakeland Christian.
The Vikings defeated Lakeland Christian 21-20 thanks to a late blocked field goal. Curtis has now scored points in every game this season for Verot as he ran in a 2-point conversion attempt in the first quarter. He finished the game with 84 total yards on ten touches.
Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes moved to 3-0 on the season with a 37-17 victory over Jacksonville Oakleaf on Friday night. According to 247sports.com, Davis did not play in this game because of an injury.