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Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:31 am

The Homestead Broncos were one of the surprises on the first day of the 7-on-7 tournament at the Mark Richt Football Camp at the University of Miami.

The Broncos won all three of their opening round of games to earn the 4-seed in the 12-team tournament outscoring their opponents 69-28 before falling to Hialeah Gardens.

“Compared to the 7-on-7 things we did last year we really didn’t win many games,” head coach Ahmad Ward said. “We won three out of the four on the day so we did kind of well. It was a good percentage that we won so that’s a great positive thing we can take out of it.”

It was a positive day for the Broncos, who want to prove they can be successful.

“A lot of people doubt Homestead and say they’re not going to be good this year or they’re sorry or people don’t want to come, but if we win, make people come, make people believe in us,” said rising senior quarterback Tasheem Reese.

Reese has plenty of confidence in himself and the team.

“I just believe, I strongly believe,” Reese said. “How I feel is I’m unstoppable so I help the team out and make them unstoppable.”

Rising 6-foot-5 senior Rahmod Smith showcased his receiving ability mixing in catches on short routes and running by the defense in the middle of the field. Colleges have begun to take notice in Smith, who recently picked up scholarship offers from UNLV and Southern Miss.

“They are loving his size,” Ward said. “Of course that’s going to attract any college. They just want to see him play. Some like the way he plays, some still want to see a little bit more because he’s under the radar. Unfortunately we had quarterback issues his 

10th and 11th grade years, but now he’s getting the attention he deserves.”

Reese is also hoping to pick up interest from colleges showing his athleticism to play multiple positions.

“I want to make first-team All-Dade, pick up a couple of offers, and just be the topic,” Reese said. “I like being a game changer.”

With Smith and Reese helping to lead the way, there a number of young players on the team looking to establish themselves.

“The challenge is to have them consistently coming to practice getting the teaching and doing the same things over and over again,” Ward said. “We have to do that until they learn how to master it. I think sometimes that’s a little frustrating because when you’re younger you want to do so many things instead of the same thing over and over. We just have to get them to believe into the system and then everything will be fine.”

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