High School Hysteria Blog
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam has made a career out of intimidating his opponents, but he almost met his match with a golf cart on Monday night.
The Dwyer and University of Florida alum was returning an interception of quarterback Joe Flacco when Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti drove his golf cart on to the field to block Elam's path to the end zone.
Matt Elam forced the first Joe Flacco interception of training camp at the open practice at M&T Bank Stadium last night, but he wasn’t celebrating afterwards.
Instead, he was dodging two intimidating men … and a golf cart.
Bisciotti, along with sidekick and future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis (who paid a surprise visit), playfully drove his golf cart onto the field to prevent Elam from reaching the end zone on the return. Elam had to display some fancy footwork to elude contact.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh then ran towards the golf cart to playfully penalize his boss and Lewis.
“[Bisciotti] tried to tell me that Matt Elam saw him all the way and he asked [Elam] why he almost tipped over his cart,” Harbaugh told reporters. “Did you see that hard left? He was on two wheels there.”
Bisciotti and Lewis had a good laugh over the near-miss with Elam.
Before he tries to challenge his 2013 first round draft pick with a golf cart again, tt would be a good reminder to Bisciotti that he's paying Elam over $1.5 million to play safety this season.
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Two Treasure Coast rivals house the region's only two players on the new Class of 2016 Rivals250.
Fort Pierce Central offensive lineman Stewart Reese is ranked No. 190 and Vero Beach defensive end Patrick Bethel checks in at No. 209 on the list released Tuesday morning.
At 6-6, 330 lbs., Reese is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after prospects in the area. The 3-star recruit holds offers from the likes of Florida St., Florida, Miami, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan St., N.C. State, UCF and others.
Bethel is a budding pass-rusher with a 6-2 frame that has college coaches salivating over his potential. He has already pocketed overtures from Miami, Florida, FAU, Arkansas, Kentucky and Marshall.
Reese and Bethel will go head-to-head when Fort Pierce Central travels to Vero Beach on October 3rd.
Longtime Palm Beach County high school football figure Ray Berger has been hired to take over the reins of the program after the resignation of Dale Williams, who left the school for a lucrative sales position at a national sporting goods company on Monday.
The Olympic Heights head coaching job is Berger's first since resigning after three seasons at Spanish River in 2011.
"I have known Ray for over twenty years going back to my coaching days," Olympic Heights principal Dave Clark said in an e-mail to ESPN West Palm. "He is well established head football coach with long time ties to the Boca area.
"We are confident that he will bring enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge to our program."
Prior to his time at Spanish River, Berger saw a great amount of success in his ten years as the boss of Santaluces. Berger coached the Chiefs for a nine-year span through 2003 and returned for one season in 2007. In that time Santaluces won three district titles, made eight playoff appearances and sent 40 players on to Division I college football, including New England Patriots defensive tackle and former Miami Hurricane Vince Wilfork.
Berger is Olympic Heights' third football coach in the last six months. Kevin Fleury left for John I. Leonard in late January after two years at the Boca Raton school. He was replaced by Williams in early March.
Olympic Heights was 2-8 in 2013.
Every Saturday morning, Joe Colella and Pratik Patel discuss the top high school sports stories in the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, on High School Hysteria. Here are the highlights from today's show:
Joe and Pratik discuss the lessons amateur athletes need to learn from Ravens RB Ray Rice domestic violence fallout. Audio
With less than a month away from football, Joe and Pratik announce their top five skills position players in the area. Audio
High school beat reporter Ken LaVicka joins the show to give the local perspective on the Ray Rice situation, reason for increase in player transfers, and his top five skills position players in the area. Audio
After Cincinnati OL George Brown committed to Florida by pulling a live baby gator, Joe and Pratik debate the craziest way they would announce their commitment. Audio
Wellington head football coach Tom Abel joins Hysteria to hit on Wolverines 2016 WR Ahmmon Richards’ verbal commitment to the University of Miami. Audio
Vero Beach head football coach Lenny Jankowski joins the show to talk about the position competitions going on in camp, and preview the upcoming season. Audio
Palm Beach Central head football coach Tino Ierulli joins Hysteria to weigh in on their summer workouts, and notable players that will stand out this season. Audio
Be sure to listen to High School Hysteria Saturday's at 11am, follow us on twitter @Hysteria1063, read up on the latest blogs at ESPNWestPalm.com/HighSchool, and also check out "The Cheat Sheet" for the latest news and notes.
ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
Position: Quarterback/Wide Receiver
School: Santaluces (Class of 2015)
Note: Runs track in addition to playing football.
WHERE HE EXCELS:
Mike Moise does a great job taking the athletic ability he uses at wide receiver and using it to his advantage at quarterback. Uses his legs to extend plays that other quarterbacks would get sacked on or be forced to throw early on. Does a decent job of feeling pressure in his blind spots. Moise is very effective in the read game. Great job riding the pocket of the running back. Holds the mesh point for the optimum amount of time. This usually takes QB's a long time to figure out. Once he pulls it, he is a weapon. Good vision and runs tough. In passing game he has the arm strength needed to make most throws and has a quick release. At wide receiver Moise has plus hands. Catches ball at its highest point. Most impressed with how Moise uses his body to separate from opposing defensive backs.
WHAT TO WORK ON:
Not going to get overly critical of him in the quarterback department but there are some things he could work on this summer to be much improved by the fall. This is one case where 7-on-7 play will be a huge experience for a kid. Must improve mechanics starting with his footwork and working his way up. Also needs to learn to hang in the pocket for just a little bit longer. This instinct will come when confidence in passing the ball catches up to his confidence running it. Speed training will be huge for Moise. Has to get his 40 time into the low 4.6 area. If colleges are going to project him at WR out of a QB film then he must be dynamic. Since he won’t have film blocking, must continue to run tough to show he is a physical player. Also, I would tape some route running even if it is in practice, to show ability to run the complete passing tree smoothly.
KOKELL FILM ANALYSIS:
If anyone can help a first year quarterback be successful its Santaluces’ first year head coach Jason Bradley. The former offensive coordinator will put Moise in positions to be successful and creatively find a way to keep the Chiefs offense exciting. Moise's work ethic over the summer will be essential to his team’s success. It is easy and fun to play quarterback for a game but a whole season is another story. Moise should be attached to Bradley’s hip just soaking in information like a sponge. If he does this, then Moise should have a big year and make a name for himself. If his arm is reliable over a larger sample size then Moise could be a spark for Santaluces in the way Kemar Downer was for Palm Beach Central last year. Good enough athlete to earn himself a scholarship while playing out of position. I see him playing wide receiver at the FCS (1AA) or D2 level.