Since last December, there have been all-star games, camps, combines and 7-on-7 events – all designed to get ready for the 2022 high school football season.
When Fort Lauderdale Stranahan and Life Christian of Virginia kick it off in the Inaugural Broward County Football Showcase at 4:30 today at Western High Stadium in Davie, that long off-season will come to an end.
The game, which is one of seven contests that will be played over a three-day period at Western, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, Dillard and St. Thomas Aquinas, will indeed usher in a new season – as Miami-Dade and Broward Counties schools will join the rest of the state today, Friday and Saturday for the first week of a new season.
Life Christian Academy, Virginia at No. 16 Fort Lauderdale Stranahan (Western High), 4:00. The Dragons are coming off an 8-5 season that included two state playoff games.
Head Coach Travis Harden and his football team are hoping to get off on the right foot in this showcase classic.
For head coach Charlie Scott and his Eagles, opening the season last week against Collins Hill is just part of the growing process.
This is a team that has as challenging a schedule as you will find, and while the players are young, this is indeed a program that will continue to find out about each and every player as the season moves along. They were 4-6 a year ago.
John’s Creek, Georgia at No. 8 Davie Western, 7:30. The nightcap on Day 1 will feature a rebuilding Georgia program under the direction of first year head coach Drew Connell against a Wildcat team that has been building for this season the past four years.
The Gladiators come to town after an opening setback to power Parkview after winning 24 times the past three seasons.
They are young, but are well coached an have playmakers.
Speaking of playmakers, Western has more than their share – with a senior quarterback that is easily one of the best in Florida – and most productive in Broward County.
Coached by Adam Ratkevich, the sites have been set on playing for a 4M state title this season, and they have the talent to do it.
Both games will be part of five games to be telecast on FLO Sports.
In addition to the Showcase kickoff, here is a look at the schedule for the first week of the season which include Miami-Dade and Broward schools:
Avant Garde at Somerset Academy Key, 7
Coral Gables at American (Milander), 7
Coral Glades at South Plantation, 7
Coral Springs Charter at Nova Southeast University School, 7
Doral Regan at Hialeah Miami-Lakes, 3:30
Flanagan at Nova, 7
No. 11 Homestead at No. 9 Miami Palmetto, 7 (Tropical)
Miami Braddock at North Miami Mourning (Ives Park), 3:30
Miami Killian at No. 17 Miami Booker T. Washington, 7
South Miami at Miami Coral Reef (Harris), 7
Taravella at Everglades, 7
Benedictine, Georgia at No. 10 Miami Christopher Columbus, 7:30 (Tropical)
Boca Raton at No. 18 Coconut Creek Monarch, 7 (Coconut Creek)
BridgePrep Village Green at Palmer Trinity, 4
Calvary Christian Academy at Miami Belen Jesuit, 7:30
No. 13 Coconut Creek at Bradenton Southeast, 7:30
Deerfield Beach at Fort Lauderdale
Doral Academy at Hollywood South Broward, 7
Everglades Prep Academy at Miami Westminster Christian, 4
Hialeah Gardens at Miami Ferguson, 3:30
Hyattsville, Maryland DeMatha Catholic at No. 4 Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, 7
Mater Academy at Goleman (Milander), 7:30
McArthur at Parkland Douglas, 7
No. 2 Miami Central at Bradenton IMG Academy, 7
Miami Florida Christian at Miami Archbishop Carroll, 3:30
Miami Dr. Krop at Miami High, 7
No. 15 Miami Gulliver Prep at Rockledge, 7
Miami Jackson at Miami Southridge, 7:30
Miami LaSalle at Somerset Academy South Homestead, 7
No. 5 Miami Northwestern at Venice, 7
Miami Monsignor Pace at Jacksonville Raines, 6:30
Miami Springs at Miami Beach, 7
Miami Sunset at Miami St. Brendan, 7
Miami Varela at Coral Shores, 7
No. 19 North Miami Beach at Niceville, 7 CDT
Northeast at Pines Charter, 7
North Miami at Naples Golden Gate, 7
Palm Glades Prep Academy at True North Classical Academy, 3:30
Pine Crest at SW Ranches Archbishop McCarthy, 7
Piper at Cooper City, 7
No. 14 Plantation at Miramar, 7
Pompano Beach at Marathon, 7
Rock Creek Christian, Maryland at No. 7 Fort Lauderdale Dillard, 7
Somerset Prep at Somerset Silver Palms, 4
South Dade at Miami Carol City (Traz Powell Stadium), 7:30
West Broward at No. 20 Weston Cypress Bay
Westland Hialeah at Hallandale, 7
Miami Edison at Cedar Grove, Georgia, 7
Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Academy at No. 3 Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, 12 noon (ESPN)
Los Alamitos, California at No. 6 Plantation American Heritage, (St. Thomas Aquinas, 4 p.m. (ESPN 2)
Southwest Miami at Miami Coral Park (Tropical), 7
St. John’s Academy at No. 1 Hollywood Chaminade (St. Thomas Aquinas, 8 p.m. (FLO SPORTS)
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