South Florida Teams Will Be In The National Spotlight This Weekend

As Miami and Florida renew their once heated rivalry on Saturday in Orlando, the spotlight will shine brightly for area high schools as well.

As the season opened on Wednesday and more games followed on Thursday, the focus for Week 1 will begin this evening and follow right through until Saturday.

As many games will be played in Miami-Dade and Broward that will fill the local void, it’s the national attention that the #305 and #954 will enjoy as the 2019 season begins.

The Miami-Dade vs. Broward Challenge will heat up tonight and again on Friday.

One of the marquee matchups this evening (7:30) at “The Mecca” – Traz Powell Stadium in Miami will pit two-time defending state champion Miami Northwestern against defending state champion Cardinal Gibbons.

Head Coach Max Edwards and his loaded Bulls squad are expected to be right back in the mix as they move to 5A.

For the Chiefs and head coach Matt Dubuc, the Miami-Dade vs. Challenge is nothing new. Two years ago, they beat Miami Southridge and last year, they lost to power Miami Central.

Cardinal Gibbons moves to 4A this season – with a number of quality teams in the mix.

The other part of the Miami-Dade vs. Broward Challenge will be a nationally televised game on Saturday afternoon – when Deerfield Beach and Miami Carol City will square off at 4.

The two games that will truly capture the attention of the entire nation will begin this evening (9:30) when St. Thomas Aquinas, the No. 2 team locally, is in California for a much-anticipated showdown on national TV against De La Salle, which is the school that produced University of Miami great D.J. Williams – among others.

On Saturday, two of the country’s elite programs will take center stage – as ESPN will televise a 12 noon contest between powerhouse St. Frances of Marlyand and Miami Central. Both teams are loaded with quality talent.

The best part of this national showdown is south Florida will host. Often times area teams have to travel when playing elite teams. This game is three miles from Central’s campus.

In addition to the spotlight games, there are more contests that will certainly be entertaining.

TODAY’S GAMES

Archbishop McCarthy at South Broward, 7

Blanche Ely at Northeast, 7

Braddock at Coral Reef (Harris), 7:30

Champagnat Catholic at New Smyrna Beach, 7

Cooper City at Key West, 7

Coral Gables at Gulliver Prep, 4

Coral Springs at West Broward (Flanagan), 7

Cypress Bay at South Plantation, 7

Douglas at Orlando Colonial, 7

Dillard at Piper, 7

Everglades Prep at Westminster Christian, 4

Hialeah-Miami Lakes at Hialeah (Milander), 7:30

Hollywood Christian at Pinecrest Prep, 4

Hollywood Hills at Pompano, 7

King’s Academy at Somerset Academy Silver Palms, 4

Krop at Miami Beach (Memorial), 7

LaSalle at Coral Shores, 7

Lehigh at Booker T. Washington (Curtis Park), 7:30

Miami Christian at Calvary Christian, 7

Monsignor Pace at No. 8 Plantation American Heritage, 7:30

Norland at Miramar, 7

North Broward Prep at Pines Charter, 7

Nova at Monarch (Coconut Creek), 7

Palmer Trinity at St. Andrew’s, 7

Palm Glades at Dade Christian, 4

Pine Crest at Coral Springs Charters (Coral Glades), 7

Plantation at Taravella (Coral Springs), 7

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

Sunset at Hialeah Gardens, 3:30

Varela at Westland Hialeah (HML), 3:30

No. 12 Western at Everglades, 7

Westminster Academy at Somerset Pines, 4

 

SATURDAY’S GAMES

North Miami Beach at Enterprise, Alabama, 7

Southridge at St. John’s D.C., 2 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY SCOREBOARD

Columbus 41, Belen Jesuit 7

Goleman 48, Reagan 0

Miami Springs 6, Ferguson 0

 

THURSDAY’S GAMES

American 46, Mater Academy 0

Centennial (Port St. Lucie) 25, Fort Pierce Westwood 7

Dade Christian 47, Palm Glades Prep 0

Edison 41, Jackson 12

Fort Lauderdale 10, Flanagan 7

Hallandale 35, Boyd Anderson 12

John I. Leonard 44, Olympic Heights 7

Lake Worth 44, Olympic Heights 7

Miami High 30, Homestead 0

North Miami 20, South Miami 0

Palmetto 41, Killian 7

Royal Palm Beach 34, West Boca Raton 21

St. Brendan 37, St. John Paul II 0

South Dade 37, Doral Academy 0

Stranahan 39, Coral Glades 8

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