MONDAY TAKE: South Florida Powers Step Up In Week 1

Larry Blustein
August 27, 2018 - 10:15 am

Larry Blustein

What did we learn from the first week of the season? 

Well, we found out that the SEC of high school football districts has three of the top teams in the country – and all three will play as challenging a schedule as you will find.

Miami Carol City, Miami Central and defending 6A state champion Miami Northwestern will line up against ANYONE nationally and either beat them to a pulp or roll out more athletes than anyone could proclaim anywhere in this world.

What we saw from all three of those teams – in beating two-time defending 5A state champion American Heritage, Cardinal Gibbons and Miramar is that all three have stocked up enough that they have the talent to compete for a state title. The only bad thing is all three are going after the same title.

Speaking of American Heritage, we will NOT let the 28 games that head coach Pat Surtain and his Patriots won over the past two years go by without paying high tribute. That is something you will perhaps never see again.

Do not feel sorry for this team. They play a challenging schedule and will be directly in the mix for a third straight title.

In this day and age of competitive high school football, going on a winning streak like that, especially in south Florida where high school football talent is on every team, is virtually impossible.


It’s a given that every year you will see the St. Thomas Aquinas football team in the mix for a state title. But this year, with a strangling defense, and an offense with playmakers all over the field, Orlando is where you will see this team in December. Not even up for discussion.


Last week in the kickoff classic against Plantation, head coach David Coleman and his Piper High football team more than held its own, competing on both sides of the ball - taking the state-rated and one of the 8A favorites down to the wire. Last Saturday night, the Bengals jumped out to a 24-0 lead at Miami Norland, and held on to win, 24-21. HUGE WIN for a team that will play host to St. Thomas this coming Friday.


The race for Orlando will certainly be competitive this season – with teams from Northern Palm Beach County – to Homestead.

In week one, Delray Atlantic (with a huge win over Palm Beach Central), Deerfield, Columbus, Southridge, Palmetto, Plantation, South Dade and Western all showed that this race will be competitive all season.


When it comes to the 4A teams in south Florida, you can count in last year’s top seed NSU University School and Booker T. Washington as teams to keep an eye on. In addition, Joe Zaccheo’s Monsignor Pace squad is in it again. All three won on opening weekend. 


Even though Chaminade-Madonna’s first ever home night game ended up in a loss to state-rated Deerfield Beach, this is the ONE team that you can almost guarantee they will end up in Orlando, defending their 3A state title. Coach Dameon Jones and his program is far too talented.


Every Monday, we will bring you some south Florida prospects who turned heads over the weekend.

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2019 – Rodney Adderley, WR, Weston Cypress Bay. Came up with 4 catches for 103 yards and 1 carry for 12 yards in a win over Cooper City.

2019 - Alejandro Andino, RB, Weston Cypress Bay. Came up with 2 running touchdowns in a comeback win against Cooper City.

2019 - Demetrius Burns, QB, Homestead South Dade. Completed 13 of 20 for 342 yards and a TD in a win over Coral Gables.

2019 - Nico Casares, QB, Miami Palmer Trinity. Had over 200 yards and 3 TDs in the opening night win.

2019 – Angel Cepero, LB, Davie Western. Came up with 11 tackles, one for a loss and a fumble recovery in a win over South Broward.

2019 – Allen Crawford, RB, Davie Western. The gifted runner had 63 yards rushing, 3 catches for 75 yards – 138 total yards and 3 scores in one half of play as the Wildcats beat South Broward.

2019 - Oberde Desire, DB, Miami Monsignor Pace. Retuned an interception 98 yards with four minutes left, sealing a win over 6A Boyd Anderson.

2020 – Darnell Deas, Athlete, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely. The talented standout had 4 interceptions, returning one for a score. In addition, he forced a fumble, returned a punt for 28 yards and ran 6 times for 50 yards.

2020 - James Ferriero Jr. QB, Sunrise Piper. Accounted for 3 TD (2 rushing, 1 passing) in a huge win over Miami Norland.

2020 - Jaiden Francios, DB, Homestead South Dade. The University of Miami commit came up with 8 tackles, 2 interceptions and a sack in a win over Coral Gables. 

2021 - Jerell Mash, RB, Davie Nova. In his first game at the varsity level, he ran for 104 yards in leading the Titans to a win over Coral Glades.

2020 - Rhys McDonald, DE, Weston Cypress Bay. Had 6 tackles, 1 sack and returned a blocked FG for a TD in a win over Cooper City.

2021 - Chamon Metayer, OLB, North Miami. The talented sophomore had 9 tackles and 4 sacks in a win over Miami High.

2019 - Tyler Pena, QB, South Miami. The Southwest Miami transfer shined ins regular season debut with the Cobras, throwing for 270 yards and 4 TDs and ran for 27 yards on 3 carries. 

2019 - Cecil Powell, DB/Special Teams, Sunrise Piper. Had a kick return for a touchdown, 1 interception (27 yard return) and 1 Fumble Recovery (33 yard return) in a win over Miami Norland.

2019 - Antoine Thompson, WR/DB, Davie Nova. On offense, he ran for 45 yards, caught a pass for 14 yards and a kick reign for 81 yards.- Senior -- 1 rush for 45; 1 rec. for 14 and opened the game with an 81 yard kickoff return in a win over Coral Glades. 

2020 - Gerand Turner, WR, South Miami. One of the top prospects in the class had 205 yards of 4 receptions with 3 TDs in a win. 

2019 – Isaiah Velez, QB, Miami Northwestern. Threw for 285 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more in his debut with the defending 6A state champs.

2019 - Thomas Willis, LB/FB, Miami Monsignor Pace. Had 17 tackles and ran for 76 yards in a win over Boyd Anderson.

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