SFHSS TOP 15 - Week 6: Top Teams Shine In The Spotlight

Larry Blustein
September 25, 2018 - 10:44 am

Larry Blustein

As the nation continues to watch what unfolds every week in south Florida, tremendous teams continue to emerge and turn heads.

As we watched last week – with Central’s huge win on the road against previously No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas, it was just one of the many games that were in the spotlight.

The attention that all of the programs in this region continue to receive is well deserved, and with an off season that always shines a rather bright spotlight on Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, the next month will see some of the best games you will find anywhere.

As we know, from being around this game for many years, things change from week to week, as we have watched already this season. With so many meaningful matchups coming up, the focus will only get more intense.

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

1. Carol City Chiefs (6A – 4-0). Scored early and often in putting away Dr. Krop 76-0. 

THIS WEEK: The district schedule continues with a meeting against Hialeah-Miami Lakes on Thursday night. NEXT WEEK: An October 5 meeting at 8A power Miami Southridge.

2. Deerfield Beach Bucks (8A – 5-0). The beat goes on for a team that believes it has a real chance to play for an 8A state title – as they took district foe Coral Springs apart, 55-6. THIS WEEK: The district schedule continues with a trip to play Taravella at Coral Springs High Stadium on September 28.at 7. NEXT WEEK: It’s a huge matchup with 7A power St. Thomas Aquinas on Oct. 5 at 7.

3. Central Rockets (6A – 4-1). There is nothing more you can say about the impressive 43-27 win at nationally rated St. Thomas Aquinas. This team has the talent to play against anyone! THIS WEEK: Back to district play on Thursday, September 27 with a game against Norland at 7. NEXT WEEK: It will be a non-district matchup with Pompano Beach Blanche Ely on Oct. 5.

4. American Heritage Patriots (5A – 4-1). In beating 3A power and defending state champion Chaminade-Madonna, 31-21, head coach Pat Surtain’s is now back in the race for the top team in south Florida. THIS WEEK: The Patriots will take the week off to prepare for the stretch run. NEXT WEEK: Back to district play with a home game against Stranahan on October 5 at 7:30. 

5. Palmetto Panthers (8A - 4-0). In rallying from 13 points down, head coach Mike Manasco and his team remained unbeaten with a hard fought 16-13 overtime win. THIS WEEK:  It’s the huge district meeting with Miami Southridge on Friday, September 28. NEXT WEEK: It’s the Pioneers of North Miami in a non-district meeting on Oct. 5. 

6. St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (7A – 4-1).. In losing for the first time in 2018, 43-27, against 6A power Miami Central, this quality program battled into the fourth quarter.

THIS WEEK: With Deerfield Beach coming up on October 5, the Raiders will take the week off. 

7. Columbus Explorers (8A – 4-1). With two straight huge wins, including last week’s 21-7 victory over rival Belen Jesuit, this is a team is back on track. THIS WEEK: It’s a trip to Lakeland to finish the two-game series with Lake Gibson on Oct. 5. NEXT WEEK: Back to district play with an Oct. 12 game at Miami Beach.

8. South Dade Bucs (8A – 5-0). As people continue to doubt this program, all they do is win –and last week’s 39-14 win over Miami Jackson backs that up. THIS WEEK: After five wins to start the season out, the Bucs will enjoy the week off before a non-district trip to North Miami Beach for a 7:30 contest against the Chargers on October 5.

9. Plantation Colonels (8A – 4-0). Easily the most underrated football program in south Florida rolled over previously unbeaten Cypress Bay, 50-3.  THIS WEEK: The home schedule continues with a district game against Flanagan on September 28 at 7. NEXT WEEK: A trip to Everglades for a district game on Oct. 5 at 7. 

10. Southridge Spartans (8A – 4-1).  Going on the road is never easy, but head coach Sedrick Irvin and his team traveled to previously unbeaten Rockledge, and beat the Raiders, 24-12. THIS WEEK: District play continues with a huge matchup against No. 6 Palmetto on Friday, September 28. NEXT WEEK: Things do not get any easier on Oct. 5 as the No. 1 team in Florida, Miami Carol City, will provide the opposition.

11. University School Sharks (4A – 5-0). In staying unbeaten, head coach Daniel Luque’s team continued to roll over Miami Monsignor Pace, 49-0. THIS WEEK: After a solid start, the tea will enjoy the week off. NEXT WEEK: Another home game for the undefeated Sharks on October 5 against surprising 3A Delray American Heritage at 7.

12. Northwestern Bulls (6A – 3-2). In beating rival Booker T. Washington 47-21, head coach Max Edwards and his team continued to roll along. THIS WEEK: A trip to national powerhouse, IMG, is on tap for Saturday, September 29 in Bradenton. NEXT WEEK: Will take the week off before a huge Oct. 12 game against No. 1 Carol City.

13. Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs (5A – 3-2). Head coach Matt Dubuc’s team won for the third straight week, 45-8 against 8A Douglas. THIS WEEK: It’s back to district play with a home game against Coconut Creek on September 28 at 7. NEXT WEEK: Will enjoy the week off before a huge district matchup on Oct. 12 at Plantation American Heritage Plantation.

14. Chaminade-Madonna Lions (3A – 3-2). In playing one of the toughest schedules in Florida, head coach Dameon Jones and his team fell short at home against state-rated 5A power Plantation American Heritage, 31-21. THIS WEEK: The Lions will continue this attractive first ever home night schedule with a contest against 8A Piper on Friday, September 28 at 7. NEXT WEEK: After six games to start the year out, this team will enjoy the week off.

15. Hollywood McArthur Mustangs (7A, 5-0). Head coach Pierre Senatus all but wrapped up the district with a 40-12 win over Nova. THIS WEEK: A September 28 game at home against Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy at 7. NEXT WEEK: In preparing for the remainder of the regular season, the Mustangs will enjoy the week off.

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