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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 12:15 am | Updated: 9:32 am, Mon Oct 15, 2018.

Frank Ladson showed why he is considered one of the best wide receivers in the country.

Ladson, a five-star prospect who has verbally committed to Clemson, caught four passes for 109 yards with two touchdowns to help South Dade remain unbeaten with a 35-0 win over North Miami Beach.

“He was great,” South Dade head coach Nate Hudson said. “One of the things that we did talk about was getting him back on task and just the passing game in general. Those were things we thought we could get back especially going deep with the connection between he and Demetrius (Burns).”

Ladson scored touchdowns of 21 and 9 yards in the first half giving the Buccaneers a 14-0 lead at halftime. He also had catches of 31 and 48 yards.

“We came out kind of sloppy,” Ladson said. “I had a big drop, but other than that we did pretty good. We got the job done. We still came out with the victory.”

South Dade (6-0) played its first game after a bye week.

“Coming off a bye you question whether you’re going to have rest or the rest, I thought we had pretty solid practices and it showed more in the second half than the first half,” head coach Nate Hudson said.

Jaiden Francois, Keshawn Washington, and Paul McIntyre had interceptions to lead the defense, which forced five turnovers in the shutout holding the Chargers to 80 yards.

“We were really wanted to catch up in the turnover area,” Hudson said. “It makes no sense for us to have this kind of success defensively and we don’t have any results, but I think today I think we caught up. We had five turnovers and I’m pretty pleased with that.”

Burns, who completed 9 of 18 passes for 184 yards, had two rushing touchdowns and threw a 15-yard touchdown to Melchelzadek Mathews to account for all five scores.

Roderick Grissom led the ground attack with 69 yards on nine carries while Justin Smith added 51 yards on 11 carries.

“A slow start, but then towards the end good execution and we got the run game going and our receivers started clicking more,” junior offensive lineman Jose Mirabal said. “One of our teammates fell, but another teammate came to replace him and that’s what South Dade football is all about.”

Najeh Baker, who caught two passes for 41 yards, left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.

South Dade remains the top team in the Class 8A, Region 4, which consists of 22 schools, and will look to remain unbeaten against Killian (2-5) on Friday.

“I think we are where we want to be,” Ladson said. “I don’t think we can do nothing but continue to get better and work harder. I think we’re at a good place right now.”

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