WEEK 4: Huge District Matchups Coming Your Way

Larry Blustein
September 12, 2018 - 10:32 am

Larry Blustein

When south Florida football teams kickoff the fourth week of the season, there will be some very important games that will make a difference.

As many teams head into their district and regional games, post season playoffs will start to come into focus – and that is what everyone will be paying attention to.

So far this season, we have found that the teams in this region of the state are easily among the best you will find everywhere.

With key matchups taking place every week, football fas are getting their fill of elite players and quality games, pitting some of the best in the country.

TOP GAMES THIS WEEK

Each week, there are games that will move into the spotlight. Here are the contests that will grab everyone’s attention:

No. 15 Jackson (Miami) at No. 14 Cardinal Gibbons, Friday, 7. When the season started, there were only two teams mentioned as favorites to compete for the 5A playoffs. Two-time defending state champion American Heritage and the Chiefs. After three games, the Generals of Jackson have shown much improvement. By the time this game ends, we will know who are the contenders and who will need to fight hard the rest of the season.

Miramar at No. 10 Plantation (PAL), Friday, 7. Last season, while rolling to a district title, the Patriots were impressive and loaded with talent. One of the programs that they beat were head coach Steve Davis and the Colonels. Plantation has been one of the best kept secrets this season, loaded with outstanding athletes – and we will find out on Friday evening if they are ready to make that next move – at home! The Patriots are still stacked with young playmakers.

American at Hialeah (Hendricks), Friday, 7:30. On the surface this may not be a marquee game, but if you look closer, you will find two programs on the rise – and this district matchup promises to showcase teams that are ready to contend for a district title. Huge Friday matchup that will tell a lot!

No. 7 Christopher Columbus at No. 15 Booker T. Washington (Curtis Park), Friday, 7:30. Here is the perfect game this week as two of the area’s powers clash in a game that won’t count in the district, but will tell a lot about how they stand locally. The Tornadoes are coming off a huge win against Southridge – while the Explorers were beaten by No. 1 Carol City.

Homestead vs. No. 9 Homestead South Dade (Harris Field), Friday, 7:30. Nothing else matters on Friday night as businesses close early and life comes to a three hour halt as one of the best rivalries continues – with plenty on the line in this key district and Homestead City championship game. This should be one of those memorable meetings. 

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

THURSDAY

Sunset at Doral Academy (Tropical), 3:30

Reagan at Goleman, 4

Belen Jesuit at Ferguson (Southridge), 7

Hialeah-Miami Lakes at No. 13 Northwestern (Traz Powell Stadium), 7

Mater Academy at Miami Springs (Hendricks), 7

South Broward at No. 15 McArthur, 7

Taravella at Monarch, 7

Miami Beach at Coral Park (Tropical Park), 7:30

FRIDAY

Dr. Krop at Hialeah Gardens, 3:30

Mourning at South Miami (Tropical), 3:30

Palm Glades at Florida Christian (Coral Reef Park), 3:30

Miami Christian at Somerset Academy, 4

N. Palm Beach Benjamin at Gulliver Prep, 4

Ransom Everglades at Palmer Trinity, 4

No. 5 American Heritage at Coconut Creek,7

Coral Springs Charter at Coral Glades, 7

Fort Lauderdale at Vero Beach, 7

Hollywood Hills at Cooper City, 7

Key West at Calvary Christian, 7

North Broward Prep at Fort Pierce John Carroll, 7

Pines Charter at Cypress Bay, 7

Somerset Canyons at Westminster Academy, 7

No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas at Stranahan (South Plantation), 7

South Plantation at Flanagan, 7

Suncoast (Riviera Beach) at Pompano Beach, 7

Village Academy at No. 12 University School (AutoNation Stadium), 7

Western at Everglades, 7

West Broward at Nova, 7

Archbishop McCarthy at Boynton Beach, 7:30

Braddock at Southwest Miami (Southridge), 7:30

King’s Academy at LaSalle, 7:30

Norland at No. 1 Carol City (Traz Powell), 7:30 

No. 11 Southridge at Killian (Tropical Park), 7:30

SATURDAY

Blanche Ely at Deerfield Beach, 7

Dillard at Boyd Anderson, 7

Edison at Miami Central (Traz Powell), 7

North Miami at North Miami Beach (Hendricks), 7

Piper at Douglas, 7

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