WEEK 6: It’s All About District Matchups This Week

Larry Blustein
September 26, 2018 - 9:55 am

Larry Blustein

After five weeks of intense matchups in the 2018 high school football season, this week will ease a bit in south Florida.

While there are always going to be marquee games in this region, the first five weeks have really brought all of us some amazing games that have helped to shape this season, so far. 

From nationally-rated teams, to those meetings that will certainly impact the Race For Orlando, every time these teams lineup against each other, it is indeed exciting, and plenty of attention is being paid to these games.

As we turn our attention to this week, it is all about district and regional placement. Huge games that will have a direct impact on what happens.

Here is a look at some of those impact meetings that will have a lot to say about what happens this season:

No. 2 Deerfield Beach at Taravella (Coral Springs), Thursday, 7. There is no doubt that the Bucks are as good as you get, and have pretty much run the district over the years, but for the Trojans, who have played competitive football all season, this game is a district game where they can get ready for the road ahead. While head coach Charles Hafley and his squad understand that task ahead, they will show up and play hard – just like they have in the previous weeks.

Fort Lauderdale at Blanche Ely, Saturday 7. It’s as simple as the winner of this game will have to continue to win to grab a coveted 7A playoff spot. Since St. Thomas Aquinas is the team that has owned this district, the runner-up, while not an automatic to make the playoffs, will at least stay in contention. Both teams have improved greatly this season. 

Mater Academy (Hialeah) at Doral Academy, Friday, 7. A huge district meeting between these two schools who have been at the top of this group of teams since the beginning. Despite losing several key players, the Firebirds are very much in a race for a high seed once again this season. Have dominated in district play, including last week’s Mayor’s Championship over Ronald Reagan.

Piper (Sunrise) at No. 14 Chaminade-Madonna, Friday, 7. That impressive home schedule continues for the Lions who have lost at home to No. 2 Deerfield and No. 4 Plantation American Heritage. Despite losing once this season, head coach David Coleman and his Bengals are truly impressive, and have played very hard this season.

Booker T. Washington (Miami) at Edison (Curtis Park), Friday, 7:30. When the six 4A seeds go out at the end of the regular season, here are two teams, left out of the mix a year ago, that could easily be someone’s nightmare in the first or second round of the state playoffs. Both play much tougher schedules and will be ready when the bell rings. Friday night’s meeting promises to be thrilling with solid coaching and outstanding players on both sides of the ball.

No. 10 Southridge (Miami) at No. 6 Palmetto (Tropical), 7:30. Easily the game of the week in south Florida – as head coach Mike Manasco looks to avenge last season’s loss to the Spartans. However, while Southridge did make the playoffs – it was Palmetto that won the district title. This promises to be exciting with two solid programs. The Spartans have dominated this series.

THURSDAY, September 27

Sunset (Miami) at Mourning (Ives Park), 3

American at North Miami (Ives Park), 7

No. 1 Carol City (Miami) at Hialeah-Miami Lakes (Hendricks), 7

No. 7 Christopher Columbus at Miami High (Curtis), 7

Ferguson (Miami) at Southwest Miami (Tropical), 7

FRIDAY, September 28

Hialeah Gardens at Hialeah (Milander), 3

Coral Reef (Miami) and Belen Jesuit, 3:30

Miami Beach at Coral Gables, 3:30

Reagan (Doral) at Westland Hialeah (HML), 3:30

Champagnat (Hialeah) at Gulliver Prep, 4

North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek) at Somerset Academy, 4

Palm Glades Prep at Somerset Silver Palms, 4 

Archbishop McCarthy (SW Ranches) at No. 15 McArthur, 7

Benjamin (North Palm Beach) at Pine Crest, 7

Coconut Creek at No. 13 Cardinal Gibbons, 7

Coral Springs Charter at Coral Springs, 7

Cypress Bay (Weston) at Miramar, 7

Everglades (Miramar) at South Plantation, 7

Flanagan at No. 9 Plantation, 7

King’s Academy (West Palm Beach) at Calvary Christian, 7

Hollywood Hills at West Broward, 7

Monsignor Pace (Miami) at Cooper City, 7

Northeast (Oakland Park) at Douglas, 7

Nova (Davie) at South Broward, 7

Pembroke Pines Charter at Pompano Beach, 7

Braddock (Miami) at Varela (Southridge), 7:30

No. 3 Central (Miami) at Norland (Traz Powell Stadium), 7:30

Killian (Miami) at Homestead (Harris), 7:30

Miami Springs at Goleman (Hendricks), 7:30

Miami Beach at Dr. Krop (Ives Park), 7:30

SATURDAY, September 29

Jackson (Miami) at Hallandale, 7

Stranahan at Dillard, 7

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