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Somerset Silver Palms

Somerset Silver Palms snuck into the
games was that most of these guys were
spotlight last year, and perhaps that was
first time football players. I think this
their plan all along.
year a successful result would be to end
The Stallions football team entered their
up above .500 once again.”
first season as a full-squad varsity proSomerset Silver Palms is one of several
gram and tore off several impressive vicnew programs that have popped up all
tories, including a four-game win streak
over South Florida in the last few seato finish the season with an impressive 7sons, pulling from the deep talent in
2 record.
Miami-Dade County to fill its ranks. With
Perhaps no win was bigger for the
the expansion of high school football,
Stallions, however, than their rivalry
more exposure is brought to the program,
game with Everglades Prep to capture the
giving DeSouza a solid foundation to
first annual Academy Cup and its trophy.
build on.
Riding this wave of success, head football
In 2015, Somerset will open their season
coach Frank DeSouza looks to lead his
on the road at Marathon High. After two
growing program into the playoffs in just
more non-conference opponents in Miami
their second year of existence.
Community Charter and Pinecrest Prep,
Starting this year,
the Stallions will be forced into
Somerset Silver
the spotlight with their first disPalms will play in
trict foe; Westminster Christian.
District 8-3A alongDespite the Warriors’ history
side Chaminadeof success, DeSouza isn’t shy
Madonna, Everglades
with his goals and aspirations
Prep, and
for this year’s program.
“Without a doubt
Christian. And that
[Westminster] is that team in
has Somerset’s staff
our district that is the team to
fired up.
beat,” said DeSouza. “If we go
“We definitely want
in there and some of these guys
to make at least into
have a great game, or we can
the playoffs,” stated
keep it close and competitive,
DeSouza. “We’ve got
that could mean a lot to our proat least two tough
gram and to these guys getting
Lentivone Lesane works noticed somehow. But that’s the
teams ahead of us to
on running back routes. team with the big “X” on the
beat to make that
happen, but that’s our
schedule that we know we are
goal. To get into the playoffs at least as a
going to need the most preparation for
second seed.”
and the hardest fought out of all the teams
For DeSouza, looking back at last seaon our schedule this year.”
son’s success is a good measure for what
The Stallions sport some quietly talented
his team can possibly achieve, but it also
players on both offense and defense, led
reminds him of the realities of his goals.
by quarterback James Padro. The senior is
“I knew we had talent [last season],”
set to be the biggest offensive weapon
said DeSouza. “I think the biggest surthat Somerset will look to for success in
prise that came out of winning seven
2015. Additionally, sophomore Lentivon

AUGUST 28, 2015


Somerset head coach Frank DeSouza watches as players run through drills.
Lesane will be tasked with leading the
ground attack for the Stallions.
“On the defensive side, you’re going to
look for Mervin Jean our safety, and
you’re going to look for Hector Matos our
linebacker,” said DeSouza.
The Stallions also got a boost at wide
receiver thanks to the transfer of Brian
“He has all the tangibles of a great wide
receiver,” hailed DeSouza. “I think he’s
going to put up big numbers against a lot
of these teams.”
Regardless of the final record, Somerset
Silver Palms is setting up to already be
ahead of the curve with their growing
2014 Record: 7 - 2
crop of talented players from South
“In the end, their success is going to be
our success,” said DeSouza of his athletes. The district schedule will certainly
set up the program’s future, and mark the
Aug. 28 @ Marathon
official arrival of this small team from the
deep south.
(Marathon) - 7:30pm

2015 Schedule

Sept. 4 vs. Miami Community
Charter (Southridge) - 7:30pm
Sept. 10 vs. Pinecrest Prep
(Doral) 7:30pm
Sept. 18 @ Westminster
Christian - 4pm
Sept. 25 @ Palmer Trinity
School - 4pm
Oct. 2 @ ChaminadeMadonna - 4pm
Oct. 8 @ Keys Gate
(Harris) 4pm
Oct. 14 vs. Archbishop Carroll
(Southridge) - 7pm
Oct. 28 @ Everglades Prep
“Academy Cup”
(Harris) - 7pm
Nov. 6 @ Holy Trinity - 7pm
Above, two players practice contact drills. At right, Brian Livingston tears off a run during practice for Somerset football.

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