SFHSS TOP 15 - Week 4: South Florida Loaded With Rising Programs

Larry Blustein
September 11, 2018 - 9:21 am

Larry Blustein

Once again this past week, there were a number of teams within the Top 15 that came up with huge wins.


Because of the talent and the competition that happens every week, programs are hanging around – as they continue to face each other.


The great thing about south Florida is every week, you will have some marquee matchups – and as you see from this listing of teams – many of the upper tier programs continue to play at an amazing level.


Whether it was Miami Central taking a nationally-rated power down the wire in overtime on the road in a hostile environment – or several area programs jumping out to a 3-0 start – football is certainly fun here in this region of the country.


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

1. Carol City Chiefs (6A – 2-0). One of the nation’s best teams ran the clock on previously unbeaten Columbus in a more than convincing 35-0 win. Beating the Chiefs will take a major effort.

THIS WEEK: The first district game of the year against Norland at 7:30 on Friday. NEXT WEEK: A Thursday game again Dr. Krop on Sept. 20. 

2. St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (7A – 3-0). This nationally rated program jumped all over Flanagan, 62-0, in a game that was over early. THIS WEEK: They will travel to play Stranahan on Sept. 14 at 7. NEXT WEEK: It’s the battle everyone is waiting for – and perhaps one of the last real tests this team will have when nationally rated No. 4 Miami Central comes to Fort Lauderdale for a Sept. 21 game.

3. Deerfield Beach Bucks (8A – 3-0). Showing that they are indeed one of the best teams in Florida, head coach Jevon Glenn’s team roared to a 41-16 win over Atlanta Westlake, 41-16. THIS WEEK: A Saturday night (7:00) home game against rival Blanche Ely on Sept. 15. NEXT WEEK: A trip to Coral Springs for the district opener on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7.

4. Central Rockets (6A – 2-1). There is no getting around the fact that this is a football team, under head coach Roland Smith, that is still among the best in the nation, even after losing a 5-overtime thriller at national power St. John’s Prep of Washington, D.C. THIS WEEK: It will be Miami Edison on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Traz Powell Stadium at 7. NEXT WEEK: Everyone has been waiting for this meeting with national powerhouse No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas on Sept. 21 at 7.

5. American Heritage Patriots (5A – 2-1). The two-time defending 5A state champions played sound defense in handing Miramar an 11-3 loss. They are indeed for real again this season. THIS WEEK: It’s the district opener on the road at Coconut Creek on Sept. 14 at 7. NEXT WEEK: A trip to defending 3A state champion No. 8 Chaminade-Madonna is on tap for Sept, 21 at 7.

6. Palmetto Panthers (8A - 3-0). One of the state’s most under the radar teams continues to win and do it impressively – with a convincing victory over Ferguson. Plenty of proven talent on both sides of the ball. THIS WEEK: Will take the week off before a Sept. 20 meeting with Coral Gables.

7. Columbus Explorers (8A – 2-1). After two convincing wins, this program had the task of playing emerging national power No. 1 Carol City – and dropped a 35-0 decision. THIS WEEK: No. 15 Booker T. Washington for a meeting with the Tornadoes on Friday, Sept. 14 at Curtis Park in Miami at 7. NEXT WEEK: The district season opens with a meeting against Miami High on Sept. 27 at 7:30.

8. Chaminade-Madonna Lions (3A – 2-1). For the second straight week, this program turned it up in a convincing victory against 7A Blanche Ely. THIS WEEK: The Lions will play host to Northeast on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7. NEXT WEEK: It’s the much anticipated matchup with the two-time defending 5A champion No. 5 American Heritage Patriots at home at 7.

9. South Dade Bucs (8A – 3-0). Once again this year, very few people are giving this program the credit they deserve, but a huge 20-18 win over defending 6A state champion Northwestern may start to change that. THIS WEEK: It’s the big one against rival Homestead on Sept. 14 at Harris Field. NEXT WEEK: A very good matchup with No. 15 Miami Jackson on Sept. 21 at Curtis Park at 7:30.

10. Plantation Colonels (8A – 2-0).  Another of the way under the radar teams enjoyed the week off as they start a huge run of important games that will determine playoffs. THIS WEEK: A huge Friday night matchup with defending district champion Miramar at PAL Field at 7. NEXT WEEK: Another home district game against surprising Cypress Bay on Sept. 21 at 7.

11. Southridge Spartans (8A – 2-1). After two wins to start the season, the 8A power dropped a tough decision at home to No. 15 Booker T. Washington, 21-20. THIS WEEK: The district season begins on Friday, Sept. 14 against Killian at 7:30. NEXT WEEK: A trip to the Space Coast for a meeting with 5A Rockledge.

12. University School Sharks (4A – 3-0). In staying perfect on the season, head coach Daniel Luque’s team continued to roll – on the road – against Everglades Prep, 52-14. THIS WEEK: It’s Village Academy at home on Sept. 14 at 7. NEXT WEEK: A huge 4A matchup with much improved Miami Monsignor Pace on Sept. 21 at home.

13. Northwestern Bulls (6A – 1-2). It has been a long time since this program has lost two games in a row, but it happened last week at South Dade, 20-18. THIS WEEK: The district season begins with a Thursday game at Traz Powell Stadium against Hialeah-Miami Lakes. NEXT WEEK: It’s the annual meeting with No. 15 Booker T. Washington on Friday, Sept. 21.

14. Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs (5A – 1-2). After two tough losses to start the season, this program put it all together in a home win against Dillard, 34-12. THIS WEEK: At the start of the season, the matchup with No. 15 Miami Jackson didn’t appear to be a game that would be worth watching, but things have changed – in a major way. NEXT WEEK: A trip to play 8A Douglas on Sept. 21.

15. Booker T. Washington Tornadoes (4A – 2-1). A huge win over 8A Miami Southridge has proven that this is a team that will not be an easy game this season - especially with smaller and not as deep 4A programs. THIS WEEK: A big meeting with power No. 7 Christopher Columbus on Friday, Sept. 14 at Curtis Park.

(Tie) - Miami Jackson Generals (5A, 3-0). In beating North Miami 12-0, this very surprising program extended its scoreless streak to 12 quarters. THIS WEEK: It’s time to show that the first three wins of the season were not a fluke as they open the district season at No. 14 Cardinal Gibbons on Friday at 7. NEXT WEEK: It does not get any easier as No. 9 South Dade comes to Curtis Park on Sept. 21 at 7:30.

(Tie) - Hollywood McArthur Mustangs (7A, 3-0). After beating defending district champion West Broward, 25-14, here is a program – under the direction of head coach Pierre Senatus - that jumps into the top 15 this week. THIS WEEK: Rival South Broward comes in for a Thursday night game at 7. NEXT WEEK: Perhaps the only challenge that remains in district play – when this team travels to Nova for a Sept. 21st contest.

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