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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2018 12:07 pm

Somerset Academy Silver Palms had a strong performance in its

preseason kickoff classic game beating Coral Shores 40-21 last week.

“I thought we played very well for an early season game,” head coach Javi Valdes said.

“I am looking forward to the start of the regular season. There’s some things to work on

obviously, but I think we’re off to a good start and we got out of there healthy. We were pretty efficient throughout the day.”

Senior two-way standout Charles Philias led the Stallions in the game with 70 yards rushing and two touchdowns and returned a fumble 68 yards for a score.

“He plays with his hair on fire,” Valdes said. “He’s all over the field. I think Charles is a great player. He’s an under-the-radar player. I think he is about to have a great year.”

Philias is confident the team can have a strong season after last year’s

1-8 campaign.

“I expect us to do good this season because of all the hard work we’ve put in and all the hard work during camp,” Philias said.

Junior El-Osiris Jeudy had nine tackles and two fumble recoveries to lead the defense, which is expected to be a strength of the team.

“Our front seven on defense has a lot of quality kids and a lot of kids who have taken the time out to improve themselves and I expect a great season from our front seven,” Valdes said.

Senior wide receiver Jacob Landress is expected to be a key for the offense while junior Jacob Armenta showed his ability with two touchdowns against Coral Shores.

Somerset will be playing its home games at recently-acquired Princeton Christian School with other facility upgrades in the process.

“As we finish our on-campus facilities--that’s supposed to be the Taj Mahal so to speak--and I think that will be huge for us as a school to acquiring the best kids academically and athletically,” Valdes said.

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