Transformation of Miami Central continues
September, 19, 2011
By Corey Long
The transformation of Miami (Fla.) Central has been exciting to see. The Rockets always had talent including players like quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey (UCF) and running back Brandon Gainer (Kentucky) but they were seen as a program that couldn't get over the hump. One of the big criticisms of Central was that it was more concerned with winning the "title of Miami" and beating rival Northwestern over winning a state championship. A stunning 21-14 loss in the 2009 state semifinals to Miramar expanded on that point as then-sophomore Malcolm Lewis and Tracy Howard made game-winning plays. The Rockets opened the 2010 season with a 45-42 loss to Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County in which they were flagged for over 150 yards in penalties and repeatedly exposed on special teams. But then something funny happened: Central changed its philosophy. A team that was once driven by quarterback play became one driven by its mammoth offensive line and running back Devonta Freeman (now at FSU).