After the opening week of the 2021 high school football season, we already see what kind of a year it will be.
From the Inaugural Broward County Showcase to Miami Central and Miami Northwestern winning on the road, the season started off with plenty of enthusiasm.
You will see throughout this year that every week will feature some of the top matchups that you will see anywhere in the nation.
As week 2 is here we have five games to keep an eye on:
No. 7 Dillard (1-0) at No. 2 Chaminade-Madonna (1-0), 7:00. The marquee game of the week – matchup up a pair of programs who have plenty in common – with Panthers’ head coach Tyler Tate being a part of the Lions’ success two years ago. Plenty of big-time talent will be on display in Hollywood as these two south Florida powers look to make a statement as not only one of the best in the region and state, but the entire country – where the state is now taking their spot among the best nationally. Head Coach Dameon Jones and his Lions look to remain unbeaten in this very challenging season.
Calvary Christian Academy (1-0) at No. 4 Cardinal Gibbons (1-0), 7:00. On the surface this may not look like one of the best games this week, but you may not want to sell head coach Kirk Hoza and his Eagles short after soundly beating Miami Belen Jesuit in the opener. For head coach Matt Dubuc and his two-time defending state champions, coming off a win against national power Hyattsville, DeMatha gives this program confidence. The Chiefs have proven that they can stand toe-toe with anyone. Now, they need to step it up on offense.
Lakeland Lake Gibson (1-0) at No. 6 Plantation American Heritage (2-0), 7:30. After two solid road games, scoring 94 points, head coach Mike Smith and his team return home against a team that lost plenty in the off-season, has a new coach and is in the rebuilding stages. But that being said, the Braves did win their opener and have looked good during the summer. That all being said, the Patriots continue to look for national exposure and will be out to do everything possible to maintain that.
No. 14 Miami Palmetto (0-1) at Clearwater Academy International (0-0), 7:00. Another of those games that on the surface may appear to be a lock, but this week’s opponent for head coach Mike Manasco and his football team, but the Knights are coming off a 10-win season, are loaded with elite talent and have a schedule that is second to none. The Panthers are coming off an opening-night loss to Homestead and do not want to start the season out 0-2. This is a bigger test than anyone in south Florida believes.
No. 14 Doral Academy (1-0) at Rockledge (1-0), 7:00. This is a matchup that is one that you may want to watch, as the Raiders welcome their second straight (Gulliver Prep) Miami-Dade County team. Coach Eddie Delgado brings his high-powered offense to play against FIU graduate Wayne Younger and his team that looked sharp on both sides of the ball – and are loaded with talent. This is an intriguing game because the Firebirds are searching for big game respect.
Atlantic (Delray Beach) 28, Monarch 14’
Booker T. Washington (Miami) 28, Miami Edison 20
Christopher Columbus (Miami) 42, Killian 0
Fort Lauderdale 31, Hallandale 6
Hialeah 21, Miami Springs 14
Hialeah Gardens 14, Reagan 7
Marathon 35, Miami Country Day 13
Miami Coral Reef 56, Varela 0
Miami Norland 31, Carol City 12
Pembroke Pines Charter 40, Coral Springs Charter 35
Plantation 41, Stranahan 19
Pompano Beach 21, Northeast 14
Boyd Anderson at No. 12 Coconut Creek, 7:00
Bradenton Christian at Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy, 7:00
Cooper City at Nova, 7:00
Coral Glades at Deerfield Beach, 7:00
Coral Park at Coral Gables, 4:00
Coral Springs at Piper, 7:00
Cypress Bay at Blanche Ely, 7:00
Hialeah Barbara Goleman at Miami Archbishop Carroll, 3:30
Hollywood Hills at Boca Raton Spanish River, 7:00
Hollywood McArthur at Flanagan, 7:00
Marathon at Miami Country Day, 7:00
Miami High at Miami Beach, 7:30
Miami Jackson at No. 5 Miami Northwestern (Traz Powell), 7:30
Miami Palmer Prep at Coral Shores, 7:00
Miami Southridge at Dr. Krop (Ives Park), 3:30
Miami St. Brendan at Ransom Everglades, 7:30
North Broward Prep at Archbishop McCarthy, 7:00
North Miami Beach at Lowndes County, Georgia, 8:00
Palm Glades Prep at Alonzo Mourning (North Miami Stadium), 3:30
Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy at LaSalle Immaculata, 7:00
Somerset Academy South Homestead at BridgePrep Village Green, 4:00
Somerset Silver Palms at Miami Monsignor Pace, 7:30
South Dade at No. 10 Homestead (Harris Field), 7:30
South Miami at Hialeah American (Milander), 7:30
South Plantation at Taravella, 4:00
No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas at Fort Myers, 7:00
True North Classical Academy at Belen Jesuit, 7:30
Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy at Westland Hialeah (Milander), 7:00
TRACKING SOUTH FLORIDA (MIAMI-DADE & BROWARD) PROSPECTS – CLASSES 2023-2026. https://larryblustein.com/prospects/tracking-south-florida-prospects
MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD TRANSFERS. https://larryblustein.com/news/transfer-season-continues-in-miami-dade-broward
TRACKING SOUTH FLORIDA FOOTBALL TEAMS. https://larryblustein.com/news/tracking-south-florida-2022