Since 2013 Lakeland High’s football team has gone 97-11. In that time, the Dreadnaughts beat some quality programs.
Last December they wrapped up a first ever 4S state title beating Venice in legendary head coach Bill Castle’s final game.
As they approach the 2023 season with a new coach and several new faces, replacing the top-rated defense in the state, this is a program that has not lost sight of what this team has long been about.
With all that said, when they welcome in Miami Norland this evening to open the season, are the Dreadnaughts maybe biting off more than they can chew? Seven years ago, Miami Carol City traveled to Polk County for the first of a two-year contract.
The first meeting watching Carol City race out to a 35-0 lead and came away with a 38-7 victory. The very next year, the Chiefs won convincingly, 44-34.
When this game was scheduled, and with the knowledge that Norland had one of its most talented rosters in recent memories, those two games quickly came to mind.
The Vikings made over 20 roster additions in the off-season, and they have built a team that is more than capable of playing with anyone in the state. Remember, they are in the same district as national power Miami Central!
Are the Vikings ready to take that next step – or will the beat continue as the Dreadnaughts dominate competition?
MIAMI NORLAND (0-0)
8/25 – at Lakeland
9/1 – at Miami Carol City
9/8 – at Miami Southridge
9/14 – Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace
9/20 – Hialeah American
10/5 – Miami Booker T. Washington
10/13 – Miami Central
10/20 – GMAC Week
10/27 – at North Miami Beach
11/2 – at Miami Killian
5 VIKINGS TO WATCH
2024 - Raynor Andrews, OL, 6-6, 315.
2024 - Germaine Carter, DL, 6-1, 285.
2024 - Tycoolhill Luman, DE, 6-4, 250.
2024 - Dimitry Nicolas, DE, 6-4, 295.
2025 - Ennio Yapoor, QB, 6-1, 215 – 3.8 GPA.
9/1 – at Largo
9/8 – Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep
9/15 – at Kissimmee Osceola
9/22 – at Winter Haven
9/29 – at Lakeland Lake Gibson
10/5 – Bartow
10/13 – Lakeland George Jenkins
10/20 – Clearwater Academy International
10/27 – Lakeland Kathleen
5 DREADNAUGHTS TO WATCH
2025 - Ben Beymer, OL, 6-8, 285.
2024 - D’Marius Rucker, RB, 5-9, 185.
2025 - Zander Smith, QB, 6-4, 220 – 4.0 GPA.
2024 - Jamar Taylor Jr., WR, 6-2, 195.
2024 - Brayshon Williams, FS, 6-0, 175.
In addition to that huge matchup, here is a look at the rest of the games for Friday and Saturday:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
Coconut Creek North Broward Prep at Somerset, 3:30
Cooper City at Sunrise Piper, 7
Coral Shores at Miami True North Academy (Tropical), 3:30
Davie Nova at Pembroke Pines Flanagan, 7
Fort Lauderdale NSU University School at Coral Springs Charter (Coral Springs), 7
Fort Lauderdale Stranahan at No. 19 Fort Lauderdale Dillard, 7
Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy at Orlando Lake Highland Prep, 7
Hallandale at No. 14 Plantation (PAL Plantation), 7
Hialeah American at Coral Gables, 3:30
*Highland Springs, Virginia at No. 12 Miramar, 7:30
Hollywood South Broward at Doral Academy, 7
Homestead Everglades Prep at Miami Varela, 3:30
Miami Archbishop Carroll at Somerset Silver Palms, 3:30
No. 4 Miami Christopher Columbus at Clearwater Academy International, 7:30
Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace at West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, 7
Miami Immaculata LaSalle at Goulds Palm Glades, 7
Miami Northwestern at Vero Beach, 7:30
No. 13 Miami Palmetto at No. 5 Homestead (Harris Field), 7:30
No. 16 Miami Southridge at Miami Jackson (Curtis Park), 7:30
Miami Springs at Miami Beach (Memorial), 7
Miami Sunset at Miami St. Brendan, 7:30
Miramar Everglades at Coral Springs Taravella, 4
North Miami at Miami Gulliver Prep, 3:30
North Miami Alonzo Mourning at Miami Braddock, 3:30
Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy at Lakeland Victory Christian, 7
South Plantation at Coral Springs Coral Glades, 7
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
*Baltimore St. Frances Academy at No. 3 Hollywood Chaminade
*Bellflower St. John Bosco at No. 2 Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas Madonna (St. Thomas), 12 noon
No. 10 Miami Booker T. Washington at Miami Killian (Tropical), 7
*St. John’s, Washington D.C. at No. 7 Plantation American Heritage, 7:30
*No. 18 Coconut Creek Monarch (Coconut Creek) 50, Cedar Grove, Georgia 42
No. 17 Coconut Creek 6, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson 0, forfeit
* Davie Western 14, Milton, Georgia 10
Miami Edison 17, Hialeah 6
Miami Lakes Barbara Goleman 47, Hialeah Gardens 0
Homestead South Dade 50, Miami Carol City 0
South Miami 28, Miami Coral Reef 6
Miami Ferguson 47, Hialeah Gardens 0
No. 8 Davie Western 14, Milton, Georgia 10
Pembroke Pines Charter 42, Oakland Park Northeast 0
Hollywood McArthur 26, Parkland Douglas 15
Westland Hialeah at Hollywood Avant Garde (Ansin Park), 7
Weston Cypress Bay 20, No. 20 Pembroke Pines West Broward 7
South Plantation 20, Coral Glades 14
Miami Dr. Krop 28, Miami High 14
Miami Immaculata LaSalle 30, Palm Glades 0
*BROWARD COUNTY NATIONAL FOOTBALL SHOWCASE.
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