FRIDAY FOCUS: Tonight’s Central-Northwestern Is Still A Showcase Game

Larry Blustein
October 19, 2018 - 11:20 am

Larry Blustein

Even though tonight’s (7:30) game between Miami Central and defending 6A state champion Northwestern at Traz Powell is always a huge matchup, much of the luster has disappeared. 

Usually, this is the meeting that dictates the playoffs – and while both will make the post season, it’s the No. 1 seed that the Rockets are looking for - and have been for the past few years.

As this annual meeting between two programs unfolds, Central will continue the quest of returning to Orlando – a place they haven’t been in three years. Head coach Roland Smith has a loaded deck coming into this meeting, and plans to use everything it takes to beat the Bulls.

Since losing to nationally rated St. Johns Prep on the road in Washington, D.C., the Rockets have been impressive - taking it to every opponent along the way. 

They have shown that they are among the best in Florida, and along with next week’s foe, Carol City, will most likely stay at the top until the end of the season.

For head coach Max Edwards and his Northwestern team, this has been a challenging year - with losses coming to schools that normally would have trouble staying on the field with them. But also remember that there were some key losses from last year’s title team that has put everything together.

With a huge crowd expected, Northwestern is hoping that the Rockets may be looking ahead to a potential district championship next Friday at Traz Powell Stadium against No. 1 Carol City, but don’t bank on it. Central is well coached and has a number of quality seniors.

Keep in mind that very few programs in the country have played the schedule the Rockets have!

CAROL CITY ROLLS ALONG

No matter what sport you play, it is always tough to be the team that is sitting on top - and on Thursday night, No. 1 Carol City fell behind Booker T. Washington 10-0, rallied and eventually won the game against the 4A Tornadoes, 39-17.

You can call it looking ahead - or being a team that everyone gets ready for - but Thursday night’s matchup was truly one that got the attention of head coach Benedict Hyppolite and his Chiefs.

Carol City has nothing to prove at this point- dominating American Heritage Plantation, and running the clock on two 8A powers Columbus and Southridge.

LIONS CONTINUE TO ROLL

Playing their final regular season game at home on Thursday night, Chaminade-Madonna rolled to a convincing 47-17 win over 7A district champion Doral Academy.

The 3A Lions used the running of sophomore Thaddeus Franklin, Willie Davis, IV, Rony Bourdeau and Derek Geffrard, and the passing of senior Daelen Menard.

On defense, Thomas Armstrong, Keyshawn Fede, Jacob Hoffman, James Williams and Dedrick Stanley all lifted the team.

IT’S BEEN 24 YEARS

After last week’s 24-14 win over American Heritage, head coach Matt Dubuc and his Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs have moved close to being a top seed in 5A.

The win also moved this program one step close to winning a district title for the first time since 1994. A victory over Hallandale this evening (7:00) will give this team that honor.

In addition to the Carol City and Chaminade-Madonna wins on Thursday, here is a look at some of the other area scores: 

Thursday’s Games

Braddock (Miami) 21, Ferguson 16

Christopher Columbus (Miami) 48, Coral Park 0

Cypress Bay (Weston) 20, Flanagan 0

McArthur (Hollywood) 61, Cooper City 15

Norland (Miami) 27, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 6

North Miami 49, Hialeah Gardens 16

Plantation 40, Coral Glades 2

South Miami 28, Reagan 21

Southwest Miami 35, Coral Reef 0

Taravella (Coral Springs) 31, Douglas 20

Western (Davie) 37, South Plantation 20

Tonight, Friday, October 19

Dr. Krop at Hialeah (Hendricks), 3:30

Miami Springs at Mourning (Ives Park), 3:30

Westland Hialeah at Sunset (Tropical), 3:30

Nova at Hollywood Hills, 4 

St. Brendan at Miami Christian, 4

Varela at Belen Jesuit, 4

Boyd Anderson at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7 

Boynton Beach at Northeast, 7

Coral Springs at Piper, 7 

Coral Springs Charter at Melbourne Holy Trinity, 7 

Everglades at Miramar, 7 

Flanagan at Cypress Bay, 7

Ft. Lauderdale at West Broward, 7

Gulliver Prep at Pine Crest, 7

Hallandale at Cardinal Gibbons, 7 

Monarch at Deerfield Beach, 7

North Broward Prep at Calvary Christian, 7 

Stranahan at Coconut Creek, 7

Taravella at Douglas, 7

University at Archbishop McCarthy, 7

American at North Miami Beach (Ives Park), 7:30

American Heritage-Plantation at Jackson (Curtis), 7:30

Mater Academy at Goleman (Milander), 7:30

Miami High at Miami Beach, 7:30

South Broward at Lakeland, 7:30

No. 5 South Dade at No. 12 Palmetto, Friday, (Tropical Park), 7:30.

Southridge at Homestead (Harris), 7:30

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