McArthur High makes history with undefeated regular season
Last undefeated season happened in 1989
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. –
It has been 27-years since McArthur High School defensive end Laron Culpepper helped the Mustangs go undefeated for the first time in school history.
Now that history may be repeating itself, by going undefeated in the regular season with Culpepper acting as the team’s head coach.
"Nothing much has changed in my transition from a player to a coach. My main focus as a player was to win and that’s still my focus as a coach," Culpepper said.
The Mustangs – known as Herdboyz to their fans - shutout South Plantation High School on Nov. 4 making them 10-0.
Next stop--the playoffs.
"These kids are really buying in to what we're trying to do here, they want to win and they’re willing to do what it takes," Culpepper said.
The Herdboyz had some tough games during the season, including the match against South Broward where the Mustangs won 24-21. This was their closest victory of the season.
"We've accomplished what we wanted to in the regular season, now it’s time to handle our business in the playoffs," Jeansoe Pradel, a senior, said. "We’ve got a chance to do something special for this school."
The team has had a strong season with receiver/free safety Dominick Watt getting double and triple teamed all season, several players are stepping up this season offensively and defensively which is attributing to the team’s success.
Running back Craig Cooper has passed the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season, and receiver Jaquan "Cheetah" Denson has more than 700 receiving yards.
Defensive Tackle Hansky Paillant is having one of the best seasons in school history.
He's racked up 11 sacks, 90 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, and 10 fumble recoveries this year and has earned the honor of being named Miami Dolphins player of the week this season.
"Part of our success is thanks to our new defensive coordinator and players doing what they have to do," Paillant said. "We've really come together as a team."
Defensive back Steven Evans intercepted six passes - including three against division rival Hollywood Hills High School.
The Herdboyz will face off against Doral Academy in their first playoff game on Nov.11.
If they win, they will advance to the second round of the playoffs where they will battle either Mater Academy or Cooper City High School.
- Story by Local 10 News intern Kheron Millwood
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