No. 34 Miami Central (FL) upends No. 7 Bishop Gorman (NV)

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With Hurricane Irma bearing-down on all of Florida, Miami Central, ranked No. 34 in the High School Football America Top 100, gave Sunshine State high school football fans something to smile about as the Rockets beat defending national champ Bishop Gorman (Nevada) 24-20 in Las Vegas Friday night.

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Irma basically shutdown high school football for this week and maybe next, but the Rockets, who will spend extra days out west because of the storm, left Miami on Wednesday for the game that was televised nationally on ESPNU.

“I’m so proud of Central nation and they did a tremendous job representing South Florida tonight,” said Central head coach Roland Smith on ESPNU. “Our hearts and our prayers are with everyone back home and we hope they can weather the storm well like we were able to here in Vegas against these guys.”

Miami Central was led by running back James Cook, the highly sought after college prospect, who is the younger brother of Minnesota Vikings’ running back Dalvin Cook. James rushed for 202 yards on just 13 carries with touchdown runs of 83 and 87 yards.

James Cook explodes for 87-yard TD run for #MiamiCentral. Rockets lead 24-14 late #D1Bound pic.twitter.com/cXxeRhXuGM

— #D1Bound Nation. (@SportsRecruits) September 9, 2017

After 55 straight wins, defending High School Football America national champ Bishop Gorman has now lost two in a row.  The Gaels, who are currently ranked No. 7 in the High School Football America Top 100, lost to No. 1 Mater Dei (California) last week,  Gorman hasn’t lost two games in a row since 2006.

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