WEEK 2: Huge Matchups Highlight A Competitive Week 3

Larry Blustein
September 05, 2018 - 10:58 am

Larry Blustein

It’s now a given that every week during this season, there will be several matchups that continue to define this prospect rich region of the country.

As we watched last week – locally and on the road - where many of our programs made a huge impact - that this will certainly be a year to remember.

As we look toward the third week of this exciting season, there are indeed some marquee matchups that many have been talking about and waiting for.

Several games will start to really make a difference as the points start to accumulate as programs make an early push for a coveted playoff spot.

Check these exciting early season games:

No. 15 Booker T. Washington at No. 6 Southridge, Thursday, 7. After losing to rival Miami Central last week, the Tornadoes look to get back on track against the undefeated Spartans. BTW continues to play a very challenging schedule once again this season.

No. 5 Christopher Columbus at No. 1 Carol City, Friday (Traz Powell), 7:30. Wow! After last week’s huge win over Northwestern, head coach Chris Merritt and his team go after the top team in South Florida. You wanted local powers to play each other? You got it! This is a huge game.

North Miami at No. 15 Jackson, Thursday (Traz Powell Stadium), 7:30. While head coach Scott Daniels and his team were winning his first two games and are loaded with talent, the Pioneers won their opener against Miami High and looked sharp on defense in a loss to Southridge. Should be a very competitive game.

No. 9 Northwestern at No. 12 South Dade, Friday (Harris), 7:30. Nobody has to say anything to the Bulls. The defending state champions were beaten by Christopher Columbus. Now, they have a very talented and prospect rich team that have started off 2-0. In a very competitive region, the Bulls need all the points they can get.

South Broward at Douglas, Friday, 7. While this game may not peg the interest meter from a football standpoint, it means volumes to a pair of schools that shared in the unfortunate loss of 14 students and 3 coaches. This game will recognize those who were tragically killed on February 14th.

Taravella at Coffee County, Georgia, Friday 7:30. No matter where he goes, head coach Charles Hafley wins and develops, and he has done that with the Trojans as they hit the road to Georgia with a 2-0 record.

Westlake (Atlanta) at No. 4 Deerfield Beach, Friday 7. Fresh off a huge win in Georgia, the Bucks play host to a familiar face – and as head coach Kareem Reid brings his team to south Florida, the one-time Coral Springs standout and Coconut Creek head coach is loaded. Should be a huge game. This Deerfield team is for real!

West Broward at McArthur, Friday 7. It may only be the third game of the season, but this could very well be the district title game – and with that is a higher seed that will have the winner avoiding projected No. 1 region seed St. Thomas Aquinas. May be the biggest early season game of the year in south Florida.

Here are some other contests for the third week of the season:

THURSDAY

Goleman at Mourning (Ives Park), 3:30

Mater Academy at South Miami (Tropical), 3:30

Miami Springs at Doral Reagan, 3:30

Coral Park at Homestead (Harris), 7

Miami High at Southwest Miami (Tropical), 7

Norland at Edison (Curtis), 7

Somerset Silver Palms at Coral Springs Charter, 7

FRIDAY

No. 12 University School at Homestead Everglades Prep, 3:30

North Broward Prep at Miami Gulliver Prep, 4

Pompano Beach at Hollywood Hills, 4

Somerset Academy at Somerset Canyons, 4

No. 7 American Heritage at Miramar, 7

Archbishop McCarthy at Melbourne Central Catholic, 7

Blanche Ely at No. 10 Chaminade-Madonna, 7

Coconut Creek at Monarch, 7

Cooper City at Fort Lauderdale, 7

Coral Springs at Coral Glades, 7

Dillard at No. 14 Cardinal Gibbons, 7

Everglades at Thomasville, Ga., 7

Palmer Trinity at Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy, 7

Pine Crest at Calvary Christian Academy, 7

Pembroke Pines Charter at Boca Raton Saint John Paul II, 7

Piper at Boyd Anderson, 7

South Plantation at Nova, 7

Westland Hialeah at Doral Academy, 7

No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas at Flanagan, 7

Western at Hallandale, 7

Westminster Christian at Ransom Everglades, 7

Champagnat Catholic at Superior Academy (Tampa), 7:30

Coral Gables at Killian (Tropical Park), 7:30

Coral Reef at Miami Beach (Memorial), 7:30

Ferguson at No. 8 Palmetto (Southridge), 7:30

Hialeah-Miami Lakes at Hialeah (Hendricks), 7:30

LaSalle at North Palm Beach Benjamin, 7:30

SATURDAY

Jupiter Christian at Pinecrest Prep (Coral Reef Park), 4:30

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