Western and Unbeaten Douglas Have Their Work Cut Out This Evening

There are several games this evening that will capture the attention of football fans throughout south Florida, but there are two regular season finales that on the surface have many thinking – what if!

At Western tonight (7:00), head coach Adam Ratkevich and his Wildcats are 7-1 and a top 4 seed when the 8A playoffs start next week.

The Wildcats come into tonight’s game in Davie as the No. 12 ranked team locally after putting together eight games that have watched this program overwhelm the competition by posting their seventh shutout of the season – and fifth consecutive last week. They have outscored the opposition 396-14.

The only game they let up points was a 14-9 loss to No. 10 University School.

Okay, now for the reality. They are playing the No.1 rated St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders, who have won eight straight including against six playoff teams.

Like the Wildcats, head coach Roger Harriott’s team has mauled their opponents 327-73 and have answered every bell – including a 35-0 win over once beaten Plantation.

As much as everyone wants to believe that the Wildcats have a chance to upset the Raiders, the reality is no matter how downright stingy their defense has been, this is by far the toughest opponent this program has faced all season –and like those who felt that unbeaten Plantation had a shot against St. Thomas – this team has much bigger plans.

There is no getting around the fact that a Western win – in any form – would be a major upset. The Raiders have a shot to finish as a top 5 team nationally, and not just a program that wants to compete locally.


Like Western, Douglas High is facing its biggest opponent – by far this evening (7:00) when they host Coach Steve Davis and his once beaten Plantation Colonels.

In losing to district champion St. Thomas Aquinas, 35-0, it is the only blemish on this team’s record as they are set to travel to unbeaten (8-0) and No. 2 playoff seed Douglas.

The Eagles are definitely the Cinderella story under first year head coach Quinton Short.

There is no question that tonight’s game is by far the toughest the Eagles have played this season.

Take away the loss to the top-ranked Raiders and this team has given up just four touchdowns all year. In seven games, they have yielded just 35 points – while scoring 322 points.

In winning their first district title in 18 years, Douglas also has a chance to shock the world and finish the regular season perfect with a win against Plantation, but to do it, they will have to play by far their best football game of the season.

In addition to St. Thomas Aquinas and Western –and Plantation and Douglas, the final weekend certainly has some other key matchups:


American Heritage Plantation at No. 14 Gulliver Prep, 4

Archbishop McCarthy at North Palm Beach Benjamin, 7

Boyd Anderson at Piper, 7

Christopher Columbus at Delray Atlantic, 6

Cooper City at Cypress Bay, 7

Coral Gables at Southwest Miami (Tropical), 7:30

Coral Springs at Hollywood Hills, 4

Coral Springs Charter at West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, 7

Everglades at No. 8 Chaminade-Madonna, 7

Hallandale at No. 13 Deerfield Beach, 7

Killian at Southridge, 7:30

McArthur at Coconut Creek, 7

Monarch at No. 7 Cardinal Gibbons, 7

Monsignor Pace at North Miami (Ives Park), 7:30

North Miami Beach at West Palm Beach Forest Hill, 6

Pompano at Pines Charter, 7

South Broward at Flanagan, 7

No. 11 South Dade at Hialeah (Milander), 7:30

Stranahan at Fort Lauderdale (Northeast), 7

Taravella at South Plantation, 7

Westminster Christian at St. Brendan, 7


No. 5 Dillard at Blanche Ely, 5

Everglades Prep at Dade Christian, 7

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