April 7, 2017
night October 14, 2017 a team from the state of Florida will
travel to Cumberland, MD to play a varsity football game against
Fort Hill High School at Greenway Avenue Stadium. The team
is Melbourne Central Catholic out of Melbourne, FL. Kickoff
is set for 7:00 pm.
Central Catholic posted an 11-1 record last season and finished
ranked 55th in the state of Florida according to MaxPreps.
They return most of their starters and that preseason ranking
is sure to climb.
advanced to the semifinals in Florida Class 3A last season
with an undefeated record before losing to Miami area powerhouse
Chaminade-Madonna. The week prior, the Hustlers made national
news in defeating Clearwater Central by a record score of
69-62 in 9 overtimes.
are led by 6'2" quarterback Joaquin Collazo, who as a
junior last season threw for over 2,000 yards with 26 TD passes
in a wide open spread passing attack. Running back Lavonte
Valentine (6'2, 190) currently has college scholarship offers
from Florida, Kentucky, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee
and USC. On Dec. 30, Valentine set the national record for
the fastest time in the 60-meter dash at 6.77 seconds. It
was his first time ever running that race.
Stacy Sizemore is a former player from Southern Miss and three
of his Melbourne CC players currently have offers there including
WR Lorenzo Hardy (6'3, 171) and lineman Dermont Morgan (6'5,
260). Cornerback Zamari Walton (6'2, 170) currently has offers
from Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.
This will be the first time in 82 years of Fort Hill Football
that a team this far away has flown into Cumberland to play
a football game. The contest has been set up for Saturday
evening to accommodate fans that normally play their high
school games on Friday night. Ticket prices will remain the
same at $5 per admission.
A MARYLAND CONNECTION
The Melbourne Central Catholic athletic teams are called the
Hustlers. The name came from one of the founding school priests
who attended the University of Maryland when former head football
coach Tom Nugent in 1962 referred to his offensive specialists
as the 'Hustlers'. A University of Maryland Library source
explains how the name stuck.
is located in Florida on the Atlantic coast halfway between
Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale and situated just a hair
south of Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral.
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