Sony Michel will be the main attraction during the American Heritage (Plantation) Patriots vs. American Heritage (Delray) Stallions showcase. The five-star back lines up for the Patriots and has been on recruiting boards since his middle school days. Since earning the starting job as an eighth grader, Michel has 4,880 yards and 58 touchdowns. Despite the individual success, Michel's true hope is to turn the Patriots into a championship-caliber team. The Patriots, according to the Miami Herald, has 33 state titles in golf, soccer, baseball, softball, tennis and track, but zero football state titles.
Michel’s commitment to Georgia on April 26 was one of the most important pledges made to an SEC program this year. The all-purpose back was named Max Prep’s “Mr. Football” for the state of Florida heading into this season. After tearing his ACL his sophomore year, Michel bounced back in 2012 and gained 1,264 yards on 130 carries and scored 18 touchdowns.
In order to battle-test and challenge his team, Patriots head coach Mike Rumph put together one of the toughest schedules possible. The Patriots faced Class 6A juggernaut Miami-Central in their opener, and fell 42-20 to the visiting Rockets.
Central loaded the box and held Michel to 61 yards on 12 carries (5.1 per carry). Senior Juwan Dowels produced an explosive 55-yard touchdown on his only run of the game, and junior Torrance Gibson gained 87 yards on seven carries, including a 77-yard touchdown. With Michel’s teammates proving to be legitimate threats this season, this offense could find its stride and become more dangerous than in Michel’s previous seasons. The anchor of the defense, tackle Edgar Ceronord, stands 6-foot-3, 295-pounds and has offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati and Duke.
The Stallions went 11-1 last season and finished as the No. 10 team in the state of Florida. The three-time state champion and perennial 3A power Stallions hold advantages in size and depth at many positions. Junior Trenard Davis stars as a defensive back and receiver and could receive serious college interest this season. Another talented junior is Rondarian Bell, who is a 6-foot-2 linebacker. Bell will have an opportunity to make a dramatic move on the recruiting boards by showcasing his speed against Florida’s fastest sprinter, Michel. On offense, tackle Hayden Brockwell stands 6-foot-5, 305 pounds and leads the trenches with Florida commit Roderick Johnson. Johnson is a towering 6-foot-6, 315 pounds.
The Stallions opened the season with a 31-12 win over a talented Atlantic (Delray Beach, Fla) team. Devin Singletary had an 81-yard touchdown run that gave the Stallions the lead. Moments later, junior Warren Robinson iced the game with a fourth-quarter kickoff return for a touchdown. This duo is capable of bursting big plays anytime it touches the football and will help match the firepower of the Patriots’ ground-and-pound offense.