Larry Blustein

FRIDAY FOCUS: Spring Scrimmages Highlight This Weekend

Larry Blustein
May 10, 2019 - 10:30 am

With a just a week away from the end of spring practice, the next few days will give players, coaches and fans a chance to see some of the top programs in action.

As spring games loom next week, what will take place today and Saturday will be intra-squad scrimmages that will not showcase prospects, but some of the teams who are expected to be among the best.

Leading the way – in this gifted group of teams – will be two-time defending 6A state champion Miami Northwestern.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., at Traz Powell Stadium, head coach Max Edwards and his Bulls will have the chance to take the field as a team since beating Armwood in Orlando last December.

What this program needs to secure is a quarterback. They have superb running backs and elite receivers – and this program always features an offensive line, and this year, while young, will have some top-flight linemen.

On defense, the concern will be depth in the front seven. While talented, there is not as much depth as in the past.

The linebacking corps lost a lot of players from last year, but return some elite players who will make a difference.

The secondary has an opportunity to be the best in Florida – with elite players and reserves in place to make life very tough on any offensive football team.

Remember, Northwestern is now 5A, leaving rivals Miami Norland Miami Central behind.

Speaking about head coach Roland Smith’s Rockets, we will also have the chance to see them in action for the first time on Saturday at 12 noon at Traz Powell Stadium.

Central goes into the 2019 season as a huge favorite to get to the state title game, and we will have the opportunity to watch some of the most talented prospects anywhere.


In addition to the Northwestern and Central, the next two days will see more elite programs class against one another.

Miami’s Dr. Krop will be in action at 4:00 on campus today – as head coach Tommy Caporale will get a look at some very talented prospects.

Fort Lauderdale Stranahan and head coach Travis Harden will host their Navy vs. White scrimmage on campus at 4.

Also today, Miami Carol City, which moves from 6A to 4A – will have a scrimmage at Traz Powell Stadium at 4 p.m. as head coach Benedict Hyppolite will watch his Chiefs to see what his team has.

At 5:00, head coach Pat Colon and North Miami moves to 7A this season, and will unveil a new offense – along with a tough defense. The Pioneers will be at home for their fans to see.

First year Miami LaSalle head coach Helder Valle will host a Spring Football Fest this evening (6-9) on campus.

Monsignor Pace has a new head coach – and Spartan fans are anxious to see what they look like under Mario Perez. They will get things going at 7 on campus.

On Saturday morning, Monarch and head coach Dante Lombardi will give their fans a look at some new faces on Saturday morning at the school in Coconut Creek from 9-11. The players will be treated to a BBQ after the Red-Black game.

Also Saturday morning at 10, Chaminade-Madonna will scrimmage at home – as the two-time defending 3A state champs will look to flex some muscle under head coach Dameon Jones.

Head coach Pat Surtain and his American Heritage program will be on campus for an intra-squad game at 10. The Patriots have many questions that should start to be answered over the next two weeks.

Also at 10 Saturday morning, first year head coach Anthony Collins brings his South Broward Bulldogs to the nearby Hollywood PAL for a scrimmage that will showcase this program to the neighborhood.  

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