Larry Blustein

SFHSS TOP 15 – National Power Carol City Rolls Along

Larry Blustein
October 09, 2018 - 10:39 am

What we are continuing to find in south Florida are fans and those who follow football, have short term memories.

While Miami Carol City has mauled everything in its path – including a record fourth straight shutout of powerhouse Miami Southridge last Friday night, there are still doubters – and in south Florida – that is nothing new.

With district powers Northwestern and Central coming up the next few weeks, head coach Benedict Hyppolite and his Chiefs will be huge favorites to make a push toward a high national ranking.

Remember, before the season began, this was a team NOT rated among the best teams in Florida. Things changed – and continue to showcase and spotlight this team. If you watch them play - live - you will be sold before halftime.

This was a week where several programs changed position in the Top 15 – which will continue to change over the next few weeks.

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

1. Carol City Chiefs (6A – 6-0). In extending its shutout string to 13 quarters with a convincing 50-0 win over state-rated Miami Southridge, this program showed that it is indeed one of the nation’s elite. THIS WEEK: The district season heats up once again on Friday, Oct. 12 – with a huge meeting against the always dangerous defending 6A state champion Northwestern Bulls NEXT WEEK: It’s the annual meeting with 4A Booker T. Washington on Oct. 18 at Traz Powell Stadium. 

2. Central Rockets (6A – 6-1). Staying in the hunt for the top spot in south Florida, head coach Roland Smith and his team mauled Pompano Beach Blanche Ely, 51-0. THIS WEEK: Back to district play with a meeting against Hialeah-Miami Lakes on Oct. 11. NEXT WEEK: It’s huge rival Northwestern on Friday, Oct. 19 at Traz Powell Stadium. 

3. American Heritage Patriots (5A – 5-1). In winning for the fifth consecutive time, head coach Pat Surtain’s team scored early and often in a 39-6 win against Stranahan. THIS WEEK: It’s the game everyone has been waiting for. A home district matchup with Cardinal Gibbons on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30. NEXT WEEK: A trip to Miami to take on Jackson in a district matchup on Oct. 19.

4. St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (7A – 5-1). In jumping on previously No. 2 Deerfield Beach, 38-6 on the road, head coach Roger Harriott’s team is now back into contention for the area’s top team. THIS WEEK: It’s back to district play with a Friday game at Fort Lauderdale at 7. NEXT WEEK: Boyd Anderson on Oct. 19 at 7.

5. Columbus Explorers (8A – 6-1). Coach Chris Merritt’s team wasted no time on a trip to Lakeland – as they scored often and put the Lake Gibson Braves away, 42-7 away. THIS WEEK: Back to district play with an Oct. 12 game at Miami Beach. NEXT WEEK: The Coral Park Rams will play host on Thursday, Oct. 18 in another district meeting.

6. South Dade Bucs (8A – 6-0). One of the most underrated programs in south Florida continued to roll along, 35-0, at North Miami Beach in a non-district meeting. THIS WEEK: Back to district play with a home game against Miami Killian on Oct. 12. NEXT WEEK: It’s a huge district meeting with defending champion Miami Palmetto on Oct. 19.

7. Deerfield Beach Bucks (8A – 6-1). .In losing for the first time this year, the Bucks certainly found out some things that will be very beneficial down the stretch. THIS WEEK: A home district game against Douglas next Friday. NEXT  WEEK: Will host Monarch in another district matchup. 

8. Plantation Colonels (8A – 6-0). While the 21-16 win over district rival Everglades was closer than many felt, head coach Steve Davis and his team remained unbeaten and is one of the top 8A seeds in the region. THIS WEEK: A defining district matchup will take place on Friday against Western on the road. NEXT WEEK: A Thursday (Oct. 18) game against Coral Glades.

9. University School Sharks (4A – 6-0). Coach Daniel Luque’s team was impressive in a non-district win at home against previously unbeaten Delray American Heritage, 50-14. THIS WEEK: On the road against defending 2A state champion Hialeah Champagnat Catholic. NEXT WEEK: The Sharks stay on the road for an Oct. 19 game at SW Ranches Archbishop McCarthy.

10. Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs (5A – 4-2). After taking the week off, head coach Matt Dubuc and his team is ready for the challenge this Friday night (7:30) when they travel to Plantation American Heritage for a huge district showdown. NEXT WEEK: The suddenly hot Hallandale Chargers will come into Fort Lauderdale for an Oct. 19 meeting at 7.

11. Southridge Spartans (8A – 5-2). A week after coming up with a huge district win over Miami Palmetto, things didn’t go well against one of the country’s elite teams – Carol City, 50-0, at home! THIS WEEK: The team will take the week off – for a stretch run that includes South Dade and City rival Homestead. NEXT WEEK: The big game for the district lead will come up next Friday, Oct. 26, at home against South Dade.

12. Palmetto Panthers (8A - 5-1). Coach Mike Manasco’s team rebounded with a convincing 21-7 win over North Miami.  THIS WEEK: The district schedule continues with a home game against Homestead on Oct. 12. NEXT WEEK: Another huge district game at home on Oct. 19 against South Dade.

13. Chaminade-Madonna Lions (3A – 4-2). Coach Dameon Jones look to keep things going on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Booker T. Washington at 7:30. NEXT WEEK: The final regular season home game of the year will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 against 7A Doral Academy.

14. Northwestern Bulls (6A – 3-3). For the defending 6A state champions, the reality of going under .500 for the first time in many, many years at this stage of the season will be right in front of them – as they come in to Friday’s meeting with one of the nation’s elite teams Carol City as a huge underdog. NEXT WEEK: It does not get any easier as they will play against nationally-rated Miami Central on Oct. 19 at Traz Powell Stadium at 7:30.

15. Hollywood McArthur Mustangs (7A, 6-0). Coach Pierre Senatus and his team enjoyed the week, getting ready for the stretch run of this successful season. THIS WEEK: It’s a 4:00 district game at Hollywood Hills on Friday, Oct. 12. NEXT WEEK: The district season comes to an end with a Thursday, Oct. 18 game at Cooper City.

(TIE) Hialeah Thoroughbreds (8A, 5-1). Coach Gary Sanchez and his young and talented team rolled to a 34-14 win over Miami Monsignor Pace. THIS WEEK: A key Thursday (Oct. 11) district game against North Miami Beach. NEXT WEEK: Could be the district championship contest when North Miami comes in for an Oct. 26 game.

(TIE) – Western Wildcats (8A, 5-1). Coach Adam Ratkevich and his team once again entered the top area programs with a convincing 30-0 district victory against Cypress Bay. THIS WEEK: The district lead is up for grabs – as the Wildcats host district favorite Plantation on Friday at 7. NEXT WEEK: The district schedule continues on Thursday, Oct. 18 with a home game against South Plantation.


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

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