In the opening round of the Florida state playoffs, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern upset Miami (Fla.) Columbus 27-24. Earlier in the season, Columbus had gotten the better of Northwestern but the difference this time around is that the Bulls were guided by a number of seniors making big plays.
Amongst those seniors that stood out on the evening was wide receiver Dominique Rhymes, who had four receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
"It is a big momentum swing for us," Rhymes said of the victory. "Earlier in the season they beat us pretty badly. It feels good to come out with a big win and gives us momentum for the next round."
Rhymes provided one of the biggest highlights of the night when he got behind the Columbus secondary and took a Teddy Bridgewater pass 66 yards to the endzone to tie the game early in the fourth quarter.
"My heart was pumping kind of fast," Rhymes said. "But that is what big time players do in playoff time, they make plays like that."
What makes Rhymes performance even more impressive is that prior to this season you were more likely to find Rhymes on the basketball court than on the football field. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver is learning quickly on the gridiron as a senior having hauled in 37 receptions for 686 yards and eight touchdowns.
"This is my first year of varsity," Rhymes said. "I am just a baby working out on the field. I have come a long way, and I am still working hard. When I get on the collegiate level I plan to just work harder and harder and we will see what happens. I have to work on my speed and my route running."
With a lot of size and a wealth of potential, colleges are beginning to take notice of the talented prospect.
"Right now I have an offer from FIU," Rhymes said. "Purdue, Cincinnati, and UCF are talking to me as well. They are just telling me they need a big receiver like me to make plays for their team."
As for the recruiting process, it is on the backburner as long as the Bulls are still in pursuit of a state championship.
"I am going to take some visits after the playoffs," Rhymes said.