Larry Blustein

SFHSS TOP 15 – An Exciting Week Ahead For Many Area Powers

Larry Blustein
October 23, 2018 - 10:40 am

By now, everyone knows about this Friday’s showdown between No. 1 Miami Carol City and No. 2 Miami Central at Traz Powell Stadium, but there are many other impressive matchups that will certainly dictate playoff seeding, as well as area rankings.

This is the week, the second to last in the 2018 regular season, where key district games throughout Broward and Miami-Dade 

This is also a week where valuable playoff points will be awarded for teams who may be on the fence.

As a number of races are still hanging in the balance, this is one of those weeks where all the attention will be on high school football fields from Deerfield Beach to Homestead – and everywhere else in between.

Here is a look at the top 15-plus as we head toward the 10 week:

1. Carol City Chiefs (6A – 7-0). In remaining unbeaten and at the top of the state poll, head coach Benedict Hyppolite’s team beat 4A Booker T. Washington, 39-17. THIS WEEK: It’s the obstacle that everyone has been talking about. No. 2 Miami Central is the opponent at Traz Powell Stadium on Oct. 26th. NEXT WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a Nov. 1 meeting with American at Traz Powell Stadium.

2. Central Rockets (6A – 8-1). After a sluggish first half, head coach Roland Smith and his impressive team rolled to a 38-10 win against rival Northwestern. THIS WEEK: The district championship should be up for grabs with a huge meeting against No. 1 Carol City on Friday, Oct. 26th at Traz Powell Stadium. 

3. St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (7A – 7-1). Head Coach Roger Harriott and his team continued to roll along with a convincing 54-6 win against Boyd Anderson. THIS WEEK: The chance to wrap up the district on Oct. 26 at home against Pompano Beach Blanche Ely. NEXT WEEK: The regular season ends with a trip to Miramar to play the Patriots in a non-district matchup.

4. Columbus Explorers (8A – 8-1). With a second straight shutout – against Coral Park, 48-0, the showdown is now set for the district championship. THIS WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a home district game against rival Coral Gables on Friday, Oct. 26.

5. Deerfield Beach Bucks (8A – 8-1). In beating Monarch 40-0, the stage is set for head coach Jevon Glenn and his team’s final district game. THIS WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a key district game at Piper on Oct. 26.

6. University School Sharks (4A – 8-0). As head coach Daniel Luque’s team continues to showcase their talent, they keep rolling along – this time a convincing 58-0 win. THIS WEEK: A trip to Melbourne Central Catholic on Oct. 26th will be a test, heading toward the playoffs. NEXT WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a Nov. 2 home game against defending 3A state champion Chaminade-Madonna on Nov. 2.

7. Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs (5A – 5-2). In winning the school’s first district football title since 1994, head coach Matt Dubuc’s team continued to roll along against Hallandale, 21-0. THIS WEEK: The district season concludes with a game on the road at Stranahan on Oct. 26. NEXT WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a road game against unbeaten 7A program, McArthur in Hollywood.

8. American Heritage Patriots (5A – 6-2). In rebounding from a district setback to Cardinal Gibbons, head coach Pat Surtain’s team won a key district game at Miami Jackson, 37-20 . THIS WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a district game at Hallandale on Oct. 26.

9. South Dade Bucs (8A – 7-1). After a few close calls this year, head coach Nate Hudson and his team tasted defeat for the first time this season – a thrilling down-to-the-wire 33-30 district setback to Palmetto. THIS WEEK: A game that could be for a share of the district title takes place on Friday, Oct. 26 at Miami Southridge. NEXT WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a home game on Nov. 2 against 4A Miami Edison.

10. Southridge Spartans (8A – 6-2). Shaking off a humiliating 50-0 loss to No. 1 Carol City, here is a program that scored early and often in a 30-7 district win against Homestead. THIS WEEK: The big game for the district lead will come up Friday, Oct. 26, at home against a South Dade team that suffered its only loss of the year. NEXT WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a meeting at 8A Dr. Krop.

11. Palmetto Panthers (8A - 7-1). Coach Mike Manasco’s team continued to make a push for another district title as they upended previously unbeaten South Dade, 33-30. THIS WEEK: The district season comes to an end with an Oct. 25 game against Killian. NEXT WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a Nov. 2 game against Coral Reef.

12. Plantation Colonels (8A – 7-1). Rebounding from their only loss of the year, head coach Steve Davis and his team rolled Coral Glades, 40-2. THIS WEEK: Rival South Plantation comes up in a Mayor’s Cup game on Oct. 26. NEXT WEEK: The regular season comes to an end on Nov. 2 against Parkland Douglas.

13. Chaminade-Madonna Lions (3A – 6-2). Head Coach Dameon Jones and his program continues to roll along with a convincing 47-17 win at home against 7A Doral Academy. THIS WEEK: A non district game on Oct. 26 at 8A Flanagan. NEXT WEEK: A very interesting matchup at No. 1 4A seed University School on Nov. 2

14. McArthur Mustangs (7A, 8-0). One of the highest scoring teams in south Florida remained unbeaten as Coach Pierre Senatus and his team wrapped up the district with a 61-15 win against Cooper City. THIS WEEK: A non district game at Boyd Anderson on Oct. 26. NEXT WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a home game against 5A power Cardinal Gibbons on Nov. 2.

15 Hialeah Thoroughbreds (8A, 7-1). Coach Gary Sanchez and his surprising team jumped on Dr. Krop and came away with a key district game, 31-14. THIS WEEK: It’s the district championship contest – and a top 4 playoff seeding - when North Miami comes in for an Oct. 26 game. NEXT WEEK: A City game against Barbara Goleman brings the regular season to an end on Nov. 2.

(TIE) – Western Wildcats (8A, 7-1). In beating South Plantation, 37-20, head coach Adam Ratkevich and his team moved one step closer to a high seed and a district title. THIS WEEK: It is a game that will have plenty to say about the district – when the Wildcats visit Miramar on Oct. 26 in a huge meeting. NEXT WEEK: The regular season comes to an end with a non-district rivalry at home against Cooper City.

CHARTING THE TEAMS WEEKLY

Here is a look back at the Top 15 throughout the season – giving fans a chance to chart the progress:

TOP 15 - WEEK 9 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-no-1-carol-city-no-2-centra...

TOP 15 - WEEK 8 - https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/sfhss-top-15-national-power-...

TOP 15 - WEEK 7 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-week-7-key-games-keep-teams...

TOP 15 - WEEK 6 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-week-6-top-teams-shine-spot...

TOP 15 - WEEK 5 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-week-5-top-programs-now-fac...

TOP 15 - WEEK 4 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-week-4-south-florida-loaded...

TOP 15 - WEEK 3 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-week-3-elite-teams-rising-top

TOP 15 - WEEK 2 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/sfhss-top-15-week-2-chiefs-stay-top-big-win

TOP 15 - WEEK 1 - https://wqam.radio.com/articles/countdown-kickoff-chiefs-start-2018-no-1

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