The stage is set for a showdown of epic proportions as the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes take on the Miami Central Mighty Rockets in a clash that has captivated fans for over a decade. This highly anticipated matchup, part of the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, is scheduled to kick off on September 8th, 2023, at the illustrious Traz Powell Stadium

The Tornadoes and the Mighty Rockets are no strangers to each other, having faced off 15 times since their inaugural meeting in 2008. Miami Central holds the edge in the all-time series with a commanding 11-3 record. However, Booker T. Washington is determined to narrow that gap and come out on top in this fierce rivalry.

The atmosphere at the Miami Central Senior High School football stadium is expected to be electric, with a crowd size exceeding 15,000 fans. The passion and intensity of the supporters are sure to create an unforgettable experience for all in attendance.

Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, expressed his excitement about this marquee matchup, stating, “The Booker T. Washington and Miami Central rivalry is a true testament to the rich history and tradition of high school football. The passion and dedication of these two programs are unparalleled, and this game promises to be another thrilling chapter in their storied rivalry.”

Both teams boast impressive resumes, with Miami Central winning eight state championships since the 2010 season, and Booker T. Washington claiming five titles since 2007. This clash of titans will showcase the talent, skill, and determination of these two Miami-Dade powerhouses.

As the countdown to kickoff begins, anticipation builds among fans and players alike. With memories of their last encounter fresh in their minds, where Miami Central emerged victorious with a score of 36-19, Booker T. Washington seeks redemption and aims to turn the tide in this pivotal matchup.

The Booker T. Washington Tornadoes and the Miami Central Mighty Rockets are ready to deliver a spectacle that will leave fans on the edge of their seats. It’s a clash of champions, a battle for supremacy, and a testament to the spirit of high school football.

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Armondo Blount
Miami Central


Andre Brown Junior

Booker T. Washington

Andre is a model student both in the classroom and on the gridiron. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, Andre has maintained an impressive GPA during his academic career while participating in numerous extra-curricular activities. As an established receiver on the varsity squad, Andre is an invaluable teammate. After graduating, he plans to pursue a higher education.
Teko Shoats

Miami Central

So far in his impressive career at Miami Central, Teko has been a three-year starter on his way to becoming a three-time State Champion. After graduation, he wants to pursue a higher education in software development or business. Teko has many opportunities to pursue his athletic career further as well, having amassed seventeen football scholarship offers.


The windy weather in the 305 brought with it a game that fans have been patiently waiting for all year! The Booker T. Washington Tornadoes take on the Miami Central Rockets, with stands filled to capacity and the smell of sweet Miami rivalry in the air. Only this time of year is Nathaniel Traz Powell Field filled to the brim. The first half came and went with each team putting up 2 touchdowns, with a pass to the Rockets that launched them down the field into the end zone by quarterback #12 Antonia Smith, giving them a field goal opportunity. Wide receiver #3 Khaleal Sterling ran with everything he had for a point that left the stadium on its feet! As Miami Central’s motor throughout the game, running back Jayden Ford strung together and impressive outing on the ground. His rushing ability gave the Rockets consistent offense and the ability to control the game. Armondo Blount was all over the field this game, shutting down the Tornadoes’ offense at every stop. His highlight reel featured an earth-shattering scoop-and-score off a fumble that put Miami Central firmly in control of the game. This plays along with his defensive prowess earned him Great American Rivalry Series MVP honors. While the Tornadoes attempted to block the force of Miami Central offense, it was no use, as the Rockets put up 2 more touchdowns to bring the final score to 38-28.