Football

Miami high school football team stranded after Irma

Posted September 11

Waves crash over a seawall from Biscayne Bay as Hurricane Irma passes by, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

— Miami Central's football team held practice Monday afternoon. In a parking lot. In Las Vegas

Add that to the list of Hurricane Irma stories.

The high school team played Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas last weekend, and hasn't been able to return to Miami because of the storm. So the team has stayed in Vegas, getting meals from local restaurants and even logistical help from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Central coach Roland Smith says "this is what makes America great. And I'm just thankful for Las Vegas, Nevada — the entire community — for taking care of us while we are stranded here."

Bishop Gorman officials say they are picking up Central's hotel tab.

Central running back James Cook says "it's a great feeling to be on the road, but we have family back home we want to get to."

The FIU and FAU football teams have also been displaced by the storm and unable to return to South Florida.

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