Nationally-ranked Miami Central wins third straight Florida high school football championship

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Miami Central is now a three-time defending Florida high school football champ. Friday afternoon at DRV PNK Stadium, the Rockets, who began the game inside the High School Football America 100 national rankings, powered by NFL Play Football, beat Merritt Island 49-14 for its third straight state championship. Central now owns eight overall state titles.

According to the game recap from, the Rockets defense was outstanding in the 5A championship game.

When they say defense wins championships, the Rockets showed off why they are one of the top teams in the Sunshine State with a defensive output that collected 31 tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, both returned for pick-sixes, three pass breakups, one blocked field goal, and seven quarterback hurries.


Receiver Joshisa Trader had a big game with four catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, Trader finished the game with 212 all-purpose yards.

Miami Central finishes 12-2 with the loses come against national powers St. John Bosco from California and Nevada state champ Bishop Gorman.

Merritt Island finishes with a 13-2 mark.

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