FRIDAY FOCUS: It’s Cardinal Gibbons & American Heritage tonight

Larry Blustein
October 12, 2018 - 9:54 am

Larry Blustein

As a sports fan, there are games you will remember for a lifetime.

If you happen to be a high school football fan and attend either Cardinal Gibbons or American Heritage Plantation, there is a better than average chance that last year’s thrilling 58-57 triple overtime win for the Patriots was right at the top.

Paving the way for American Heritage to win a second straight 5A state title, the game was as rewarding for head coach Pat Surtain as it was gut –wrenching and painful for Cardinal Gibbons head coach Matt Dubuc.

Dubuc watched his Chiefs roar out to a 27-6 lead - when defensive back Sydney Porter blocked a Heritage punt and returned it 16 yards for a score. 

But just when this series looked like it would turn in Cardinal Gibbons’ favor, the Patriots continued to chip away, grabbed a lead and then watched it go into overtime.

In a series that has been dominated by American Heritage, tonight (7:30) is another chapter in what has been one of the most anticipated matchups, which has been talked about since last December.

As the Patriots have their swagger back after an opening night setback to Florida’s No. 1 team, Carol City, the Chiefs ride into the game in Plantation with five straight wins after losing to national power Central and Georgia’s Milton.

NORTHWESTERN AND CAROL CITY ARE SET

While Miami Carol City has impressed just about everyone and anyone in south Florida, the unbeaten Chiefs have to get the attention from the defending 6A state champions.

While Max Edwards and his Northwestern Bulls are still wearing the crown from last year, the reminder that this team is 3-3 stands out when talking about tonight’s (7:30) matchup.

With one of the highest scoring margins in the state, and a defense that has let up just one score in the past five games, head coach Benedict Hyppolite and the Chiefs will head into the Traz Powell Stadium game respecting Northwestern and knowing what this team is capable of doing.

THURSDAY’S SCORES

Central (Miami) 55, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0

Coral Reef (Miami) 17, Ferguson 10

Coral Springs 30, Monarch 17

Hialeah 42, North Miami Beach 0

NSU University School 48, Champagnat Catholic 16

South Miami 44, Sunset 6

TODAY’S GAMES

Friday, October 12

Coral Park at Coral Gables, 4

King’s Academy (West Palm Beach) at Gulliver Prep, 4

No. 15 McArthur at Hollywood Hills, 4 

Blanche Ely at Coconut Creek, 7 

Boyd Anderson at Archbishop McCarthy, 7 

Calvary Christian Academy at Benjamin, 7 

Cooper City at Nova, 7

Coral Glades at Pines Charter, 7

Coral Springs Charter at St. John Paul, 7

Flanagan at Everglades, 7

Goleman at Doral Academy, 7

International School of Broward at La Salle (OH), 7

Key West at North Broward Prep, 7

La Salle at Westminster Academy, 7 

Miami Jackson at Stranahan (South Plantation), 7 

Piper at Taravella, 7

No. 8 Plantation at No. 15 Western, 7

Pompano at Port St. Lucie, 7

Somerset Silver Palms at Westminster, 7

No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas at Ft. Lauderdale (Northeast), 7 

Stoneman Douglas at No. 7 Deerfield Beach, 7

West Broward at South Broward, 7

Belen Jesuit at Braddock (Tropical), 7:30

No. 13 Chaminade-Madonna at Booker T. Washington, (Curtis Park), 7:30.

No. 5 Christopher Columbus at Miami Beach, 7:30

Edison at Monsignor Pace, 7:30

Homestead at No. 12 Palmetto (Southridge), 7:30

Miami Christian at Florida Christian, 7:30

Mourning at Mater Academy (Hendricks), 7:30

North Miami at Dr. Krop (Ives), 7:30

Saturday, October 13

Northeast at Dillard, 7

Hallandale at Miramar, 7

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PHOTO COURTESY/ANDREW IVINS