SFHSS TOP 15 – No. 1 Carol City, No. 2 Central Remain Florida’s Top 2 Programs

Larry Blustein
October 16, 2018 - 10:53 am

Chuck Bethel

As Miami Carol City and Central have proven that they are indeed better than anyone else in south Florida – it will be hard for any of the teams – at this point to jump ahead of these two powers, who have easily played the most challenging schedules in Florida and continue to win.

As both won key games again, the Oct. 26th matchup between the Rockets and the Chiefs will be as good as you get nationally.

With Power 5 football coaches watching these teams every week – and leaving with a feeling that it just does not get any better at this level, the race for the top spot in Miami-Dade and Broward continues.

This week, both remain 1,2 in the Top 15 as the Rockets will continue the strength of schedule with a huge meeting against longtime rival Northwestern.

As St. Thomas Aquinas has pretty much cleared a home field path toward the 7A state title game – with big wins following the home loss to power St. Thomas, there are other Top 15 teams that will have a chance in the next three weeks to come up with a season-defining win.

Here is a look at the top 15-plus as we head toward the ninth week:

1. Carol City Chiefs (6A – 7-0). One of the nation’s best teams continued to roll along, beating rival Northwestern, 28-7, and making a push for a higher national ranking. THIS WEEK: It’s the annual meeting with 4A Booker T. Washington on Oct. 18 at Traz Powell Stadium. NEXT WEEK: It’s the obstacle that everyone has been talking about. No. 2 Miami Central is the opponent at Traz Powell Stadium on Oct. 26th.

2. Central Rockets (6A – 7-1). For the second straight week, the 50-point barrier was broken in a convincing 55-0 district win against Hialeah-Miami Lakes. THIS WEEK: It’s huge rival Northwestern on Friday, Oct. 19 at Traz Powell Stadium. It is always one of the best matchups around. NEXT WEEK: The district championship should be up for grabs with a huge meeting against No. 1 Carol City on Friday, Oct. 26th at Traz Powell Stadium. 

3. St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (7A – 6-1).. After beating Deerfield Beach the week before in convincing fashion, the Raiders came up big in a convincing 49-0 district win against Fort Lauderdale. THIS WEEK: Boyd Anderson in a non-district meeting on Oct. 19 at 7. NEXT WEEK: The chance to wrap up the district on Oct. 26 at home against Pompano Beach Blanche Ely. 

4. Columbus Explorers (8A – 7-1). In winning for the third straight time after being soundly beaten by No. 1 Carol City, Coach Chris Merritt’s team beat Miami Beach 46-0 on the road. THIS WEEK: The Coral Park Rams will play host on Thursday, Oct. 18 in another district meeting. NEXT WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a home district game against rival Coral Gables on Friday, Oct. 26.

5. South Dade Bucs (8A – 7-0). Coach Nate Hudson’s team scored early and often in a 40-0 district win against Miami Killian. This team is showing that they are indeed one of the best in south Florida. THIS WEEK: It’s a huge district meeting with defending champion Miami Palmetto on Oct. 19. NEXT WEEK: A game that could be for the district title takes place on Friday, Oct. 26 at Miami Southridge.

6. Deerfield Beach Bucks (8A – 7-1). Rebounding from their first loss of the year to power St. Thomas Aquinas, the Bucks rebounded with a district win against Douglas. THIS WEEK: The district season rolls along with a home game against Monarch on .Oct. 19. NEXT WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a key district game at Piper on Oct. 26.

7. University School Sharks (4A – 7-0). In staying unbeaten and scoring more than 40 points in the sixth game this season, head coach Daniel Luque’s team beat defending 2A state champion Hialeah Champagnat Catholic, 48-15. THIS WEEK: The Sharks go on the road for an Oct. 19 game at SW Ranches Archbishop McCarthy. NEXT WEEK: A trip to Melbourne Central Catholic on Oct. 26th will be a test, heading toward the playoffs.

8. Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs (5A – 5-2).. It took a lot of years and plenty of frustration, but the Chiefs finally overcame two-time defending 5A state champion Plantation American Heritage, 24-12. THIS WEEK: The Hallandale Chargers will come into Fort Lauderdale for an Oct. 19 district matchup at 7. NEXT WEEK: The district season concludes with a game on the road at Stranahan on Oct. 26.

9. American Heritage Patriots (5A – 5-2). After years of dominating district rival Cardinal Gibbons, head coach Pat Surtain and his team fell short in a huge game, 24-14. THIS WEEK: A trip to Miami to take on Jackson in a district matchup on Oct. 19. NEXT WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a district game at Hallandale on Oct. 26.

10. Plantation Colonels (8A – 6-1). After winning the first six games of the season, head coach Steve Davis and his team tasted defeat for the first time this year – at district foe Western, 21-7. THIS WEEK: A Thursday (Oct. 18) game against Coral Glades. NEXT WEEK: Rival South Plantation comes up in a Mayor’s Cup game on Oct. 26.

11. Southridge Spartans (8A – 5-2). After a week off, this is a team that looks to get back on track after a humiliating 50-0 setback to top-rated Carol City. THIS WEEK: This is a team that is now in a must win mode over the next few weeks, starting this Friday at Homestead. NEXT WEEK: The big game for the district lead will come up next Friday, Oct. 26, at home against South Dade.

12. Palmetto Panthers (8A - 6-1). With some tough games coming up, here is a program working hard to defend their district title – and it continues to get tougher. The offense came alive with a 42-21 district win over Homestead. THIS WEEK: One of the biggest games of the season with a huge district meeting at home on Oct. 19 against South Dade. NEXT WEEK: The district season comes to an end with an Oct. 25 game against Killian. 

13. Chaminade-Madonna Lions (3A – 5-2). With a state title to defend, head coach Dameon Jones and his team continue to battle – beating 4A Booker T. Washington, 35-28. THIS WEEK: The final regular season home game of the year will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 against 7A Doral Academy. NEXT WEEK: A non district game on Oct. 26 at 8A Flanagan.

14. McArthur Mustangs (7A, 7-0). Playing a rare afternoon game at Hollywood Hills did not slow this impressive program down as they scored 40-plus points for the third straight week, 42-6 THIS WEEK: The district season comes to an end with a Thursday, Oct. 18 game at Cooper City. NEXT WEEK: A non district game at Boyd Anderson on Oct. 26.

15 Hialeah Thoroughbreds (8A, 6-1). In shutting down North Miami Beach, 42-0, coach Gary Sanchez and his team moved one step close to a top 4 seed and a district title championship. THIS WEEK: Dr. Krop will visit for a 3:30 game in Hialeah. NEXT WEEK: It’s the district championship contest when North Miami comes in for an Oct. 26 game.

(TIE) – Western Wildcats (8A, 6-1). There are not many program that are as hot as this team – and last week’s convincing 21-7 win over previously unbeaten Plantation has put head coach Adam Ratkevich and his program in a great position. THIS WEEK: The district schedule continues on Thursday, Oct. 18 with a home game against South Plantation. NEXT WEEK: It is a game that will have plenty to say about the district – when the Wildcats visit Miramar on Oct. 26.

CHARTING THE TEAMS WEEKLY

Here is a look back at the Top 15 throughout the season – giving fans a chance to chart the progress:

TOP 15 - WEEK 8 - https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/sfhss-top-15-national-power-...

TOP 15 - WEEK 7 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-week-7-key-games-keep-teams...

TOP 15 - WEEK 6 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-week-6-top-teams-shine-spot...

TOP 15 - WEEK 5 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-week-5-top-programs-now-fac...

TOP 15 - WEEK 4 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-week-4-south-florida-loaded...

TOP 15 - WEEK 3 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-week-3-elite-teams-rising-top

TOP 15 - WEEK 2 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-week-2-chiefs-stay-top-big-win

TOP 15 - WEEK 1 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/countdown-kickoff-chiefs-start-2018-no-1

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