Edgerrin James reacts to Immokalee's state semifinal victory

The most famous Immokalee High graduate watched the Indians' 29-21 victory over Miami Jackson with about a dozen college scouts surrounding him.

Edgerrin James knew all about Immokalee's talent. He's been bragging about the dozen Division I recruits all season. And the former University of Miami and NFL star said he knew Immokalee's talent would eventually prevail in a season filled with injuries and turmoil.

"They knew what kind of team they had," James said. "They buckled down when they needed to, when it counted."

James said the Indians showed they believed in themselves Friday night against Miami -Jackson even after committing three first-half turnovers.

"They did exactly as expected," he said. "If they didn't have all of the turnovers it wouldn't have been so dramatic in the end."

But in the end, James said he was most impressed by the Indians' heart. He noted how most players played both ways and how quarterback Tshumbi Johnson took a hard hit and only missed one play.

"Those players wanted it," James said. "They were exhausted after the game. They didn't even have the energy to celebrate. They left it all on the field."

James missed the Indians' 2004 championship victory because he was playing in the NFL. He said he'll be in Orlando next Friday to support the team.

"You bet I'm going to be there," James said. "Indians all the way."

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