WEEK 9 – It’s Crunch Time For Area Football Programs

Larry Blustein
October 17, 2018 - 10:52 am

Larry Blustein

While several south Florida high school football teams know that they have already made the playoffs, others will use the final three weeks of the 2018 season to secure a coveted post season spot.

With key district and non-district games coming up the next few weeks, every game becomes important –whether you are top seed – or a team that is just looking to get any seed.

With Orlando being the destination once again in the first week of December, this is certainly the time of year when everyone turns it up a few notches.

Here are a few key games to check out this week: 

Booker T. Washington at No. 1 Carol City, Thursday, 7, Traz Powell Stadium. Playing one of the most challenging schedules in the country – with just about every local power on the slate, head coach Tim “Ice” Harris and his team has to face one of nation’s best – and try to slow head coach Benedict Hyppolite and his team down.

Doral Academy at Chaminade-Madonna, Friday, 7. Two teams that are already in the playoff race – with the defending 3A state champion Lions playing their final regular season home game against a 7A program that will win the district for the second year in a row under head coach Jace Stewart. The Lions and head coach Dameon Jones are tuning up for the playoffs. 

No. 2 Central at Northwestern, Friday (Traz Powell), 7:30, Traz Powell Stadium. This is always one of those classics that you never want to miss, but this year the stakes are a bit different for head coach Roland Smith and the Rockets – as they will head into the game with so much to gain. As they both battle Carol City for the top spot in 6A, this will bring together programs that have dominated over the past decade. For Max Edwards and his defending 6A state champion Bulls, the objective now is to try and get to .500 on the season.

No. 5 South Dade at No. 12 Palmetto, Friday, (Tropical Park), 7:30. Huge matchup that is a must win for Palmetto, which already lost to Southridge. The unbeaten Bucs win this game and will control the top seed and home field advantage. The Panthers have had some key injuries down the stretch.

IMPORTANT WEEK OF FOOTBALL

In addition the marquee matchups, there are other games that will be interesting to watch. Check these games out:

Thursday, October 18

North Miami at Hialeah Gardens, 3:30

Reagan at South Miami (Tropical), 3:30

Everglades Prep at Somerset Academy Silver Palms, 4

Braddock at Ferguson (Southridge), 7

Champagnat Catholic at Pompano, 7 

Coral Glades at Plantation, 7

McArthur at Cooper City, 7 

Norland at Hialeah-Miami Lakes (Milander), 7

Palm Glades Prep at Pines Charter, 7

South Plantation at Western, 7

Southwest Miami at Coral Reef (Harris Field), 7

Christopher Columbus at Coral Park (Tropical). 7:30

Friday, October 19

Dr. Krop at Hialeah (Hendricks), 3:30

Miami Springs at Mourning (Ives Park), 3:30

Westland Hialeah at Sunset (Tropical), 3:30

Nova at Hollywood Hills, 4 

St. Brendan at Miami Christian, 4

Varela at Belen Jesuit, 4

Boyd Anderson at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7 

Boynton Beach at Northeast, 7

Coral Springs at Piper, 7 

Coral Springs Charter at Melbourne Holy Trinity, 7 

Everglades at Miramar, 7 

Flanagan at Cypress Bay, 7

Ft. Lauderdale at West Broward, 7

Gulliver Prep at Pine Crest, 7

Hallandale at Cardinal Gibbons, 7 

Monarch at Deerfield Beach, 7

North Broward Prep at Calvary Christian, 7 

Stranahan at Coconut Creek, 7

Taravella at Douglas, 7

University at Archbishop McCarthy, 7

American at North Miami Beach (Ives Park), 7:30

American Heritage-Plantation at Jackson (Curtis), 7:30

Mater Academy at Goleman (Milander), 7:30

Miami High at Miami Beach, 7:30

South Broward at Lakeland, 7:30

Southridge at Homestead (Harris), 7:30

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