SFHSS TOP 15 - Week 2: Chiefs Stay On Top With Big Win

Larry Blustein
August 28, 2018 - 9:39 am

Larry Blustein

After this past weekend, there is no doubt that the season ahead will certainly be one to keep an eye on.

With all 18 teams in the Top 15 pre-season list on action, there was certainly no shortage of talent.

No matter if it was the huge national showdown between South Florida High School Sports No. 1 and No. 3 teams, Carol City and American Heritage – or the Miami-Dade vs. Broward challenge games at Miramar and Cardinal Gibbons, there was no doubting the talent that was on display.

Proving that our hard work in the offseason, following every team and player, was indeed worth it as our initial list saw 15 of the 18 teams win on opening night – with several more taking games down to the wire.

As we begin our second week, Miami Carol City – with its convincing victory at Plantation American Heritage, breaking the Patriots’ 28-game winning streak – remains in the top spot and will have an off week to work on things to stay at that top spot.

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

1. Carol City Chiefs (6A – 1-0). The Chiefs started the season with an impressive win over then No. 3 Plantation American Heritage – breaking the Patriots’ 28-game winning streak. THIS WEEK: The Chiefs will enjoy the week off. NEXT WEEK: It’s a meeting with Christopher Columbus on Sept. 7.

2. St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (7A – 1-0). Coming into last Saturday night’s game against DeMatha Catholic, everyone knew that this team had a great defense, but in the 38-0 win, head coach Roger Harriott’s squad also showed a tremendous offense as well. THIS WEEK: At visit to surprising Sunrise Piper on Friday night at 7.  NEXT WEEK: They will enjoy the week off before playing at Stranahan on Sept. 14 

3. Northwestern Bulls (6A – 1-0). The Bulls opened the season with a win over Miramar in the Dade-Broward Challenge. THIS WEEK: Will travel to play No. 6 Christopher Columbus on Aug. 31 at 7:30 at Tropical Park. NEXT WEEK: It’s on the road again on Sept. 7 at South Dade in Homestead.

.4. Central Rockets (6A – 1-0). After falling behind, 14-0 early in the game, this quality program scored 35 straight points and came away with a 48-21 win. THIS WEEK: It’s the annual meeting with No. 13 Booker T. Washington on Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium at 7:30. NEXT WEEK: It will be a trip to play St. John’s in Washington, D.C. next Saturday.

5. Deerfield Beach Bucks (8A – 1-0). The Bucks started the year with a win at Chaminade-Madonna. THIS WEEK: It’s a trip to nationally-rated Buford, Ga. on Friday at 8:30. NEXT WEEK: It’s Atlanta Westlake at home on Sept. at 7.

6. Columbus Explorers (8A – 1-0). Coach Chris Merritt’s team started the season with a convincing in at home against Mater Academy. THIS WEEK: The team will play host to No. 3 Northwestern on Aug. 31 at 7:30 at Tropical Park. NEXT WEEK: It’s a meeting at top rated Carol City on Sept. 7.

7. Southridge Spartans (8A – 1-0). This impressive team started the season with a convincing win at Hialeah American. THIS WEEK: It’s a home game against North Miami on Aug. 31 at 7:30. NEXT WEEK: A Thursday night (Sept. 6) meeting with Booker T. Washington 

8. American Heritage Patriots (5A – 0-1). The Patriots saw its 28-game winning streak come to an end against No. 1 Carol City. THIS WEEK: The Patriots will take part in Georgia’s Freedom Classic where they will play nationally rated St. Joseph’s Regional of New Jersey at 1:30 on Saturday, Sept. 1. NEXT WEEK: The Patriots will host Miramar on Sept. 7 at 7:30. 

9. Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs (5A – 0-1). In one of the biggest home games in recent history, coach Matt Dubuc’s squad got off to a 14-0 lead, but then watched Central pour it on in a 48-21 setback. THIS WEEK: It’s on the road to Georgia as part of the Freedom Classic at Milton on Friday at 8:30. NEXT WEEK: Will play host to Dillard on Friday, Sept. 7.

10. Chaminade-Madonna Lions (3A – 0-1). The Lions dropped a tough game to Deerfield Beach at home in its first ever home night game. THIS WEEK: The team will also take part in the Freedom Classic in Georgia – with an Aug. 1 meeting against Muscle Shoals, Alabama at 10:30 a.m. NEXT WEEK: Blanche Ely comes to Hollywood for a 7:00 game on Sept. 7.

11. Palmetto Panthers (8A -  1-0). Coach Mike Manasco’s team started the season out with a convincing win at Hialeah-Miami Lakes. THIS WEEK: It’s a return trip to state-rated Naples Friday at 7:30. NEXT WEEK: It’s a home game on Sept. 7 against Ferguson.

12. University School Sharks (4A – 1-0). Coach Daniel Luque’s team began the year with a huge conference win against Glades Central. THIS WEEK: Will play host to 5A Immokalee on Friday night at 7. NEXT WEEK: A 3:30 game at Everglades Prep in Homestead awaits this team on Sept. 7.

13. Booker T. Washington Tornadoes (4A – 1-0). With a very tough schedule this season, veteran head coach Tim “Ice” Harris and his team beat Fort Lauderdale Dillard to start the season. THIS WEEK: It’s the annual war with No. 4 Miami Central at Traz Powell Stadium on Aug. 31. NEXT WEEK: A Thursday, Sept. 6 meeting with Miami Southridge.

14. Plantation Colonels (8A – 1-0). Coach Steve Davis and his team made a huge statement on opening night with a win over West Broward.. THIS WEEK: The team stays on the road for Week 2 at Blanche Ely on Aug. 31. NEXT WEEK: The team will have the week off before a Sept. 14 key district game at home against Miramar.

15. Western Wildcats (8A - 1-0). Coach Adam Ratkevich and his team opened the year with a convincing win at South Broward. THIS WEEK: A home game against 6A Dillard on Aug. 31 at 7. NEXT WEEK: A trip to Hallandale on Sept. 7 is on tap. 

(Tie) - South Dade Bucs (8A – 1-0). Coach Nate Hudson and his team opened with a win against Coral Gables. THIS WEEK: The home opener on Aug. 31 at Harris Field at 7:30 against Southwest Miami. NEXT WEEK: A huge meeting with Northwestern will be on tap on Sept. 7 at Harris Field.

LOOKING BACK

Here is a look at the previous South Florida High School Football Weekly Top 15:

Chiefs Start 2018 As No. 1. https://wqam.radio.com/articles/countdown-kickoff-chiefs-start-2018-no-1

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