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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