As we now move to Week 4 of the high school football season, you will see teams starting to jockey for playoff position.
District and regional games are now being played – and the outcome will certainly give many programs an advantage.
This past week, a few teams had the chance to prove that they are ready. No. 2 Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, No. 6 Miami Christopher Columbus, No. 7 Davie Western and No. 10 Homestead all remained unbeaten with huge victories.
With so many key games coming up, you will see more teams making a jump – while others will fall off.
Here is a look at this week’s Top 20 teams:
As we head toward Week 4, here is a look at how programs are doing in this region:
1. Miami Central (2M – 2-0). THIS WEEK: Miami Carol City on Friday, Sept. 16. NEXT GAME: A home game against No. 8 Fort Lauderdale Dillard on Sept. 23. LAST WEEK: The Rockets started slow but put it all together in a 36-19 win against Miami Booker T. Washington.
2. Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna (1M – 3-0). THIS WEEK: A huge home game on Friday, Sept. 16 against No. 5 Plantation American Heritage. NEXT GAME: Thursday, Sept. 22 at Miami Gulliver Prep at 3:30. LAST WEEK: The Lions once again rolled over a top-rated team on Saturday, 42-14, against Miami Northwestern.
3. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (3M – 3-0). THIS WEEK: A big game at unbeaten No. 7 Davie Western on Sept. 16. NEXT GAME: The team returns home for a Friday, Sept. 23 game against Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast. LAST WEEK: The train is once again rolling as the Raiders got by Cocoa, 42-14.
4. Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (2M – 2-0). THIS WEEK: Miami Gulliver Prep, Sept. 9. NEXT GAME: A home game against St. Petersburg Northeast on Sept. 16. LAST WEEK: The defense remained very strong in shutting out Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, 30-0.
5. Plantation American Heritage (2M – 4-0: THIS WEEK: A huge road game against No. 2 Chaminade Madonna in Hollywood on Sept. 16. NEXT GAME: Will finally have a week off before a trip to play at No. 5 Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons on Sept. 30. LAST WEEK: The Patriots took care of Belle Glade Glades Central 56-0.
6. Miami Christopher Columbus (4M – 3-0). THIS WEEK: An away game on Sept. 16 against area rival Miami Palmetto. NEXT GAME: Another road game on Thursday, Sept. 23 at No. 9 Miami Northwestern. LAST WEEK: The Explorers got everyone’s attention with a huge home win against defending state champion, Tampa Jesuit, 32-15.
7. Davie Western (4M – 2-0). THIS WEEK: Things do not get any easier as the No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders will come in for a huge home game on Friday, Sept. 16. A big home against No. 3 Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas on Sept. 16. Sept. 9). NEXT GAME: The team will return home to play Coral Springs Taravella on Sept. 23. LAST WEEK: It was not easy, but a win is indeed a win as the Wildcats won on the road in overtime against much-improved No. 12 Coconut Creek, 10-3.
8. Fort Lauderdale Dillard (3M – 2-1). THIS WEEK: They will be off, getting ready for a tough run of games. NEXT GAME: The Panthers will take the week off before a road trip to play No. 1 Miami Central on Sept. 24. LAST WEEK: The Panthers got back in the win column with a road victory at Miramar, 35-7.
9. Miami Northwestern (2M – 2-1). THIS WEEK: A home game on Friday (Sept. 16) against Miami Edison. NEXT GAME: A key Thursday night (Sept. 22) home game against No. 6 Miami Christopher Columbus. LAST WEEK: Things didn’t go well last Saturday morning against No. 2 Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna as the Bulls lost 42-14.
10. Homestead (3M, 3-0). THIS WEEK: A Thursday night (Sept. 15) home game against Southwest Miami. NEXT GAME: Will enjoy the week off after a stellar start. LAST WEEK: The Broncos turned some heads with a convincing road win against St. Petersburg Lakewood, 24-14.
11. Miami Norland (2M – 2-0). THIS WEEK: An away game on Friday, Sept. 16 against Miami Monsignor Pace. NEXT GAME: An away game against Hialeah American on Friday, Sept. 23. LAST WEEK: The Vikings continued to show why they are going to be a force, beating Miami Southridge, 66-28.
12. Coconut Creek (3M – 2-1). THIS WEEK: For the second straight year, they will be on the road at No. 15 Plantation on Sept. 16. NEXT GAME: A home game against No. 19 Pompano Beach Blanche Ely on Friday, Sept. 23. LAST WEEK: The Cougars fell short in overtime against No. 7 Davie Western, 10-3.
13. Miami Booker T. Washington (2M – 2-1). THIS WEEK: A home game on Sept. 16 against Miami Immaculata LaSalle. NEXT GAME: Coach Ice Harris and his team will be off. LAST WEEK: After playing tough with the No. 1 team in the state, the Tornadoes couldn’t put two halves together, losing to Miami Central, 36-19.
14. Fort Lauderdale (3M, 3-0). THIS WEEK: The team will take a week off. NEXT GAME: An away contest on Friday, Sept. 23 at Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson. LAST WEEK: Going on the road to Tallahassee, the Flying Ls took care of business against Leon, 38-0.
15. Miramar (3M, 1-1). THIS WEEK: A home game against Pembroke Pines Flanagan on Sept. 16. NEXT GAME: A trip to Coral Springs on Sept. 23 to play Coral Glades. LAST WEEK: The Patriots dropped a home game to No. 8 Fort Lauderdale Dillard, 35-7.
16. Plantation (3M – 2-1). THIS WEEK: It’s back home for a huge showdown against No. 12 Coconut Creek. NEXT GAME: This team will enjoy the week off. LAST WEEK: The Colonels took it to Parkland Douglas, 40-26.
17. Hollywood Avant Garde (1M, 2-0). THIS WEEK: A key away game against Miami Dr. Michael Krop on Sept. 16. NEXT GAME: Another away game on Sept. 16 in Boca Raton against St. John Paul II. LAST WEEK: The Sharks poured it on Delray American Heritage on the road, 62-16.
17. Miami Palmetto (4M, 1-2). THIS WEEK: It’s the always competitive matchup with No. 6 Miami Christopher Columbus on Sept. 16. NEXT GAME: A trip to play at unbeaten Vero Beach on Sept. 23. LAST WEEK: The Panthers got into the win column for the first time this year in The Cat Trophy contest against Miami Killian, 33-13.
19. Pompano Beach Blanche Ely (3M, 1-0). THIS WEEK: Another road game against Coral Springs on Sept. 16. NEXT GAME: Yet another road game against No. 12 Coconut Creek on Sept. 23. LAST WEEK: Last week’s game at Fort Pierce Westwood was cancelled because of bad weather.
20. Westland Hialeah (2M, 2-0). THIS WEEK: It’s the rematch of last year’s independent championship game at home against Hialeah Barbara Goleman on Sept. 16. NEXT GAME: A Thursday night (Sept 22) home game against Miami Springs. LAST WEEK: The Wildcats had the week off.
OTHER TEAMS TO WATCH: Coconut Creek Monarch (4M – (2-1), Coral Gables (4M, 2-0), Deerfield Beach (3M, 1-2), Doral Academy (4M, 2-1), Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian (2M, 2-1), Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest (2M, 2-1), Fort Lauderdale Stranahan (2M – (1-2), Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy (1M, 2-0), Hialeah Barbara Goleman (4M, 1-2), Hollywood South Broward (3M, 1-1), Miami Archbishop Carroll (1M, 3-0), Miami Belen Jesuit (3M, 2-1), Miami Braddock (Independent, 2-0), Miami Carol City (2M, 0-1) Miami Dr. Krop (3M, 1-2), Miami Edison (2M, 1-1), Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace (2M, 2-1), Miami Gulliver Prep (2M – (0-3), Miami Immaculata LaSalle (2M, 2-0), Miami Jackson (2M, 1-2), Miami Southridge (3M, 1-1), Miami St. Brendan (2M, 1-2), Miami Westminster Christian (1M, 2-0), Miramar Everglades (3M, 2-1), Miami Ferguson (Independent, 2-1), North Miami Beach (2M – (1-2), Parkland Douglas (4M, 1-1), Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy (4M, 2-1), Pembroke Pines West Broward (4M, 1-1), Pompano Beach (Independent, 3-0), South Miami (2M, 2-0), South Plantation (3M, 3-0), Sunrise Piper (3M, 2-1), Weston Cypress Bay (4M, 1-2).
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