Larry Blustein

FRIDAY FOCUS: ‘6A State Title Game Tonight’

Larry Blustein
November 16, 2018 - 10:38 am

There is no other way to look at this evening’s 6A-Region 4 semifinal between No. 1 Carol City and No. 2 Central other than what this huge meeting is.

In the midst of just the second round of the state football playoffs, the two best football teams play tonight (7:30) at Traz Powell Stadium.

No matter how you slice it, this evening’s game is the state championship. Nobody has the talent, athleticism and endured a schedule like these two teams who have mauled just about everyone in their path.

Once again, ESPN or any other outlet – whiffed on this game. The best two teams in Florida, and it’s not close, playing for the second time in less than a month – for the right to move on to the next level.

The one thing about the championship teams in Florida is they will not back away from anyone. They will travel, host and doing anything everything possible to make sure that they are in on every conversation when it comes to nationally rated teams.

Check out the national rankings and the one thing that you will rarely see are public school powers. That is what makes these two programs, and defending 6A state champion Northwestern so special. Public schools who continue to achieve in the competitive football world – where private schools continue to have an advantage, nationally!

What happened in the first meeting was it became like a boxing match, where head coach Benedict Hyppolite’s Chiefs roared out to a two score lead, only to have the Rockets and veteran head coach Roland Smith come back, using savvy seniors who brought this team back and battled to the end.

These two programs have long been as good as you get, churning out prospects and making history with memorable matchups. But tonight, it’s No. 1 and 2 in Florida, and that has never happened before!   

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

8A - Christopher Columbus 42, Miami Palmetto 0. The No. 1 seed Explorers (12-0) scored early and often as they move on to the next round. Head Coach Chris Merritt’s team forced five turnovers in the victory.

4A - Belle Glade Glades Central 18,  Miami Booker T. Washington 16. Coach Tim “Ice” Harris and his team played great on defense, but could not get anything going against the 9-3 Raiders on the offensive side of the ball, losing at home and finishing 5-6 on the year.

TONIGHT’S SECOND ROUND

8A-Region 3

No. 5 Plantation (10-1) at No. 1 Deerfield Beach (10-1), 7:30. 

No. 7 Western (9-2) at No. 3 Wellington Palm Beach Central (10-1), 7:30. 

8A Region 4

No. 6 South Dade (9-2) at No. 2 Southridge (9-2), 7:30.

7A Region 4

No. 5 Fort Lauderdale (9-2) at St. No. 1 Thomas Aquinas (10-1), 7:30.

No. 6 Palm Beach Lakes (8-3) at No. 2 Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer (10-1), 7:30. 

6A Region 4

No. 5 Central (9-2) at No. 1 Carol City (9-2), Traz Powell Stadium, Friday, 7:30. to the next round.

No. 6 Northwestern (6-5) at No. 2 Palm Bay Heritage (9-2), 7:30.

5A Region 4

No. 5 American Heritage Plantation (9-1) at No. 1 Rockledge (10-1), 7:30. 

No. 3 Orlando Jones (10-1) at No. 2 Cardinal Gibbons (8-2), 7:30.

4A Region 4

No. 4 Gulliver Prep (7-3) at No. 1 University School (9-1), 7:30. .

3A Region 4

No. 5 Palmer Trinity (9-2) at No. 1 Chaminade-Madonna (8-2), 7:30. 

No. 3 Delray American Heritage (8-3) at North Palm Beach Benjamin (9-1), 7:30. 

2A Region 4

No. 5 Champagnat Catholic (6-5) at No. 1 Moore Haven (8-1), 7:30.

No. 3 Glades Day (7-4) at No. 2 Naples St. John Neumann (9-1). 

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHUCK BETHEL

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