On a Friday where the GMAC event is in full swing and several other local teams are fighting for a playoff spot, the No. 3 rated team in south Florida will have the chance to jump into the spotlight again.
With the toughest schedule in the state of Florida, head coach Dameon Jones and his 6-1 Lions, rated as the top 3A team in the state, will play host to the unbeaten 4A St. Petersburg Lakewood Spartans who come to Hollywood with plenty to prove.
This is a program that has won 90 percent of their regular season games over the past four years – and have shown that they have the talent to compete against anyone.
It will be the high-powered offense against the stingy Lions’ defense.
Western, W 30-13
Plantation American Heritage, L 26-24
Christopher Columbus, W 33-17
Buford, Georgia, W 7-0
Sanford Seminole, W 26-23
Miami Gulliver Prep, W 31-16
Stranahan, W 51-0
ST. PETERSBURG LAKEWOOD SPARTANS (8-0)
Boca Ciega, W 27-12
Palmetto, W 15-6
Gibbs, W 52-6
Delray Atlantic, W 34-28
Kathleen, W 34-20
Largo, W 32-29
East Lake, W 36-6
Hardee County, W 56-21
MORE KEY MATCHUPS
In addition to that contest, other local games will also be interesting to keep an eye on as well.
No. 1 Miami Palmetto (5-3) vs No. 2 Miami Christopher Columbus (6-1), (Traz Powell Stadium), 7:30. This GMAC Week showdown is a rematch of an earlier meeting this year – when the Panthers escaped with a controversial 7-3 decision. Should be another impressive game in the 7A/8A Division.
No. 10 Deerfield Beach at Boca Raton, 7. While the Bucks expected to be in this game that will produce the district champion and a high seed when the playoffs begin, Boca Raton was not picked. Both programs are stacked with playmakers.
No. 8 Dillard at Plantation (PAL), 7. This has never been an easy game for either team as this rivalry goes back plenty of years. Will the Panthers rebound from their first loss in two years, a tough one last week against St. Thomas? They are facing an always dangerous 5-1 Colonels team that is used to playing in key games like this one. Should be a really good game.
No. 13 Gulliver Prep at WPB Cardinal Newman, 7. The Raiders have had an odd season – to be honest. Momentum has never been easy, but this game against a much-improved Crusaders’ team should provide the test needed for Coach Earl Sims and his team to fly into the playoffs. Could provide a better matchup than many expected when this game was made.
Miami Ransom Everglades at No. 17 Florida Christian, 7:30. While this may be an off-the-radar game for some, this meeting is huge for these two teams that rarely get the spotlight. Both are well coached and have plenty of talent. Both are 7-0 as well. If you in the area, this is a must see!
MORE IN STORE FOR FRIDAY
There is a huge Week 10 schedule out there for all fans in south Florida. Take a look at these contests:
No. 15 Hialeah Goleman (6-2) vs. No. 16 Miami High (5-2), (Goleman High), 3:30
No. 23 Miami Beach (3-3) vs. No. 24 Hialeah American (4-4), (Memorial), 7:00
No. 19 Westland Hialeah (6-1) vs. No. 20 Miami Coral Reef (4-4), (Tropical Park), 7:30
REST OF SCHEDULE
No. 9 Cardinal Gibbons at Flanagan, 7
Clearwater Central Catholic at Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, 7
Coral Springs at Douglas, 7
Coral Springs Charter at Coral Glades, 7
Everglades at No. 19 Miramar, 7
Fort Lauderdale at Delray Atlantic, 6:30
Glades Central at Monsignor Pace, 7:30
Hallandale at Boynton Beach, 6:30
Hollywood Hills at Boyd Anderson, 7
McArthur (Hollywood) at No. 20 South Broward, 7
Monarch (Coconut Creek) at West Boca Raton,
North Broward Prep at No. 18 Miami LaSalle, 7
Northeast (Oakland Park) at Coconut Creek, 7
Olympic Heights (Boca Raton) and Blanche Ely, 7
Pines Charter at Piper (Sunrise), 7
No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas at Davie Nova, 7
Stranahan at No. 12 Plantation American Heritage, 7:30
Taravella at Cypress Bay (Weston), 7
TRU Prep Academy at Jacksonville Bolles, 7
Avant Garde (Hollywood) 41, Pine Crest 14
Central (Miami) 49, Northwestern 6
Ferguson (Miami) 35, Hialeah 6
Hialeah Gardens 34, Miami Springs 27
Hialeah-Miami Lakes 16, Mourning 13
North Miami 27, Dr. Krop 6
North Miami Beach 24, Carol City 14
Somerset Canyons (Boynton Beach) 55, Palm Gardens Prep 0
Somerset South Homestead 37, Mater Academy 15
Southridge (Miami) 39, South Miami 30
Western (Davie) 63, West Broward 0
Westland Hialeah 7, Coral Reef 0 (OT)
Westminster Christian (Miami) 30, Westminster Academy 7
Braddock (Miami) 41, Reagan 21
Homestead 55, South Dade 42
Killian (Miami) 21, Booker T. Washington 9
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