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MIAMI-DADE/BROWARD TOP 20: Central Shoots Into The Top Spot

By now, you already know that Miami Central’s win over national powerhouse Bradenton IMG Academy was something that does not happen too often.

That 20-14 victory pushes the Rockets into first place as we begin Week 2.

Much of the Top 20 stays the same with a few teams shifting around, but staying among the elite in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties for another week.

A few new teams enter this group, but with the understanding that one loss could knock them back.

Remember, two losses this early – no matter who it is will push teams down the ladder if the schedule is not up to par with the rest of the schools.

Here is a look at this week’s Top 20 programs in the area:

1 Miami Central (2M – 1-0). THIS WEEK: Off. NEXT GAME: Miami Booker T. Washington, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Rockets knocked off the state’s No. 1 team, IMG Academy, 20-14 in Bradenton.

2. Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna (1M – 1-0). THIS WEEK: No. 7 Fort Lauderdale Dillard, Sept. 2. NEXT GAME: At No. 7 Miami Northwestern, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Lions held on in the Inaugural Broward Showcase to beat national power St. John’s Prep, Washington DC, 35-28.

3. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (3M – 1-0). THIS WEEK: At Fort Myers, Sept. 2. NEXT GAME: No. 23 Cocoa, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Raiders kicked off the season at home in the Broward Showcase with a win against national power, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, 48-37.

4. Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (2M – 1-0). THIS WEEK: Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, Sept. 2. NEXT GAME: Miami Gulliver Prep, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Chiefs got off to a great start with an 11-6 win against national power Hyattsville DeMatha, Maryland in the Inaugural Broward Showcase.

5. Miami Northwestern (2M – 1-0). THIS WEEK: Miami Jackson, Sept. 2. NEXT GAME: Against No. 2 Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Bulls avenged last year loss against Venice, beating the Indians, 32-26.

6. Plantation American Heritage (2M – 2-0: THIS WEEK: Lakeland Lake Gibson, Sept. 2. NEXT GAME: Belle Glade Glades Central, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Patriots were impressive in the Inaugural Broward Showcase with a 56-27 win against Los Alamitos, California. 

7. Fort Lauderdale Dillard (3M – 1-0). THIS WEEK: At No. 2 Chaminade-Madonna, Sept. 2. NEXT GAME: At Miramar, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Panthers started the season out with a Broward Showcase win at home against Rock Creek Christian, Maryland, 35-0.

8. Davie Western (4M – 1-0). THIS WEEK: The Wildcats will have the week off. NEXT GAME: At Coconut Creek, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Wildcats opened the season at home in the Broward Showcase with a 33-14 win over Johns Creek of Georgia.

9. Miami Christopher Columbus (4M – 1-0). THIS WEEK: Miami Killian, Sept. 2. NEXT GAME: No. 5 Tampa Jesuit, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Explorers started out 2022 with a win at home against Benedictine, Georgia, 41-15.

10. Homestead (3M – 1-0). THIS WEEK: South Dade, Sept. 2. NEXT GAME: At St. Petersburg Lakewood, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Broncos opened with an impressive win against Miami Palmetto, 19-7.

11. Miami Norland (2M – 0-0). THIS WEEK: Miami Carol City, Sept. 1. NEXT GAME: Miami Southridge, Sept. 10. LAST WEEK: The Vikings had the first week of the season off.

12. Coconut Creek (3M – 0-0). THIS WEEK:  Boyd Anderson, Sept. 2. NEXT GAME: No. 8 Davie Western, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Cougars exploded at Bradenton Southeast, 50-0.

13. Miami Booker T. Washington (2M – 1-0). THIS WEEK: Miami Edison, Sept. 1. NEXT GAME: At No. 1 Miami Central, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Tornadoes opened the season with a convincing 48-14 win against Miami Killian.

14. Miami Palmetto (4M, 0-1). THIS WEEK: At Clearwater Academy International, Sept. 2. NEXT GAME: Miami Killian, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The Panthers dropped the season opener to No. 10 Homestead, 19-7.

15. Miramar (3M, 1-0). THIS WEEK: The Patriots are off this week. NEXT GAME: No. 7 Fort Lauderdale Dillard, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: Coming from behind they beat No. 16 Plantation, 26-21.

16. Plantation (3M – 0-1). THIS WEEK: Stranahan, Sept. 1). NEXT GAME: At Parkland Douglas, Sept. 8. LAST WEEK: The Colonels had the lead but let it slip away against No. 15 Miramar, 26-21.

17. Coconut Creek Monarch (4M – (1-0). THIS WEEK: At Delray Beach Atlantic, Sept. 2. NEXT GAME: Hallandale, Sept. 8. LAST WEEK: The Knights got it going on both sides of the ball against Boca Raton, 38-8.

18. Gulliver Prep (2M – (0-1). THIS WEEK: Off this week. NEXT GAME: At No. 4 Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 9). LAST WEEK: After having the game postponed on Friday, the Raiders kicked it off at Rockledge only to lose. 37-0.

19. Doral Academy (4M, 1-0). THIS WEEK: A trip to play Rockledge is on tap for Sept. 2. NEXT GAME: A home game against Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy on Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: Behind a high-powered offense, the Firebirds rolled over Hollywood South Broward, 48-21.

20. Hollywood Avant Garde (1M, 1-0). THIS WEEK: Roar Prep & Vocational Academy, Sept. 1. NEXT GAME: At Delray American Heritage, Sept. 9. LAST WEEK: The season opened with a convincing 68-3 win against Deerfield Somerset Academy Key, 68-3.

OTHER TEAMS TO WATCH: Coral Gables (4M, 1-0), Deerfield Beach (3M, 0-1), Fort Lauderdale (3M, 1-0), Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian (2M, 1-0), Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest (2M, 1-0), Fort Lauderdale Stranahan (2M – (0-1), Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy (1M, 0-0), Hialeah Barbara Goleman (4M, 1-0), Hollywood South Broward (3M, 0-1), Miami Archbishop Carroll (1M, 1-0), Miami Braddock (Independent, 1-0), Miami Carol City (2M, 1-0), Miami Dr. Krop (3M, 1-0), Miami Edison (2M, 0-0), Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace (2M, 0-1), Miami Immaculata LaSalle (2M, 1-0), Miami Jackson (2M, 0-0), Miami Southridge (3M, 0-0), Miami St. Brendan (2M, 1-0), Miami Westminster Christian (1M, 1-0), Miramar Everglades (3M, 1-0), Miami Ferguson (Independent, 1-0), North Miami Beach (2M – (0-1), Parkland Douglas (4M, 1-0), Pembroke Pines Flanagan (4M, 1-0), Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy (4M, 1-0), Pembroke Pines West Broward (4M, 1-0), Pompano Beach (Independent, 1-0), Pompano Beach Blanche Ely (3M, 0-0), South Miami (2M, 1-0), South Plantation (3M, 1-0), Sunrise Piper (3M, 1-0), Westland Hialeah (2M, 1-0), Weston Cypress Bay (4M – (0-1).




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