FRIDAY FOCUS: No Team Has An Easy Road This Season

Larry Blustein
September 07, 2018 - 10:38 am

Larry Blustein

Being a football fan in south Florida, we are often spoiled by the number of marquee games we have every week.

As we have watched in the first two weeks of the season, if you are going to be the “Top Dog” this season in south Florida, there will be NO back doors that will open for you.

Like last year when American Heritage maintained that top spot, it took head coach Pat Surtain’s Patriots to go unbeaten for the second straight year for this team to finish as the champions.

If you stay unbeaten in south Florida, you have more than done your job. The gauntlet that a program has to run - with an outside nationally-rated opponent on the road - along with the challenges of playing some of the local games - is very challenging to say the least.

Even St. Thomas Aquinas has to play current No. 3 Miami Central and No. 4 Deerfield Beach, and tonight, when No. 1 Carol City hosts No. 5 Christopher Columbus, there will be plenty on the line.

With a game last week against Northwestern, where the Explorers beat the defending 6A state champions, and tonight’s Traz Powell meeting with Carol City, there are still a few more hurdles along the way - with Booker T. Washington and a road game at Lakeland Lake Gibson.

For the Chiefs, who had a week to rest up for this, tonight’s (7:30) game is just another hurdle along the way. They still have nationally rated Central, Southridge and Northwestern - to go along with the opener against American Heritage - where they broke a 28 game winning streak.

Even with the loss to Carol City on opening night, American Heritage can remain in the hunt by winning out.

As a number of things can - and will - take place this season, just continue to take it one step at a time. 

GENERALS HIGHLIGHT THURSDAY’S ACTION

With a huge district matchup coming up next Friday night at Cardinal Gibbons, Miami Jackson went into Thursday night’s game with 8A North Miami relying on its defense.

Starting the season with two straight shutout wins, the Generals didn’t disappoint as they held North Miami off the board and recorded its third straight shutout win to start the year, 12-0.

In addition, a week after being blasted by Miami Central, Booker T. Washington (4A) put it all together against 8A power Miami Southridge and came away with an impressive 21-20 overtime win to move to 2-1.

Another 4A team showcased some talent on Thursday night as well - when the Miami Edition Red Raiders held to beat 0-3 Norland, 26-20.

Here is a look at the rest of the scores from Thursday night as well as a look ahead to this evening:

THURSDAY

Coral Springs Charter 21, Somerset Silver Palms 8

Goleman (Hialeah) 45, Mourning 0

Hialeah Gardens 68, Varela 25

Homestead 40, Coral Park 0

Jackson (Miami) 12, North Miami 0

Mater Academy (Hialeah) 16, South Miami 14

Miami Springs 8, Reagan 7

Pines Charter 21, Saint John Paul 19

Southwest Miami 34, Miami High 0

FRIDAY (Today)

No. 12 University School at Homestead Everglades Prep, 3:30

North Broward Prep at Miami Gulliver Prep, 4

Pompano Beach at Hollywood Hills, 4

Somerset Academy at Somerset Canyons, 4

No. 7 American Heritage at Miramar, 7

Archbishop McCarthy at Melbourne Central Catholic, 7

Blanche Ely at No. 10 Chaminade-Madonna, 7

Coconut Creek at Monarch, 7

Cooper City at Fort Lauderdale, 7

Coral Springs at Coral Glades, 7

Dillard at No. 14 Cardinal Gibbons, 7

Everglades at Thomasville, Ga., 7

Palmer Trinity at Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy, 7

Pine Crest at Calvary Christian Academy, 7

Pembroke Pines Charter at Boca Raton Saint John Paul II, 7

Piper at Boyd Anderson, 7

South Broward at Douglas, 7

South Plantation at Nova, 7

Taravella at Coffee County, Georgia, 7

Westland Hialeah at Doral Academy, 7

No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas at Flanagan, 7

West Broward at McArthur, 7

Western at Hallandale, 7

Westminster Christian at Ransom Everglades, 7

Champagnat Catholic at Superior Academy (Tampa), 7:30

No. 5 Christopher Columbus at No. 1 Carol City (Traz Powell), 7:30

Coral Gables at Killian (Tropical Park), 7:30

Coral Reef at Miami Beach (Memorial), 7:30

Ferguson at No. 8 Palmetto (Southridge), 7:30

Hialeah-Miami Lakes at Hialeah (Hendricks), 7:30

LaSalle at North Palm Beach Benjamin, 7:30

No. 9 Northwestern at No. 12 South Dade (Harris), 7:30. 

SATURDAY

Jupiter Christian at Pinecrest Prep (Coral Reef Park), 4:30

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