The one thing that you can depend on every year is the same group of football teams will compete for the big prize.
While the rest of Florida has some impressive teams and players, Miami-Dade and Broward County more than represents prospects and programs at all levels.
When we last left the 2022 season, Miami Central and Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas finished the year unbeaten – and the Rockets brought home their fourth straight state title with a bonus of sharing a national crown.
As spring began, some things certainly never change, and while we will see a few new schools start to make their way into the spotlight, we give you a look at how things stack up in the spring.
Remember, this is only a starting point, and while there will be few changes, the Top 20 programs will change several times over 18 weeks from August to the last week of December.
Save your responses for the regular season – when your favorite team will have a chance to prove us around.
Here is a look at the Spring Top 20.
1. Miami Central (2M, 14-0). 2M state champs and a share of a national title. Loaded again and ready to take home the national crown again!
2. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (3M, 14-0). 3M state champs. The beat goes on for the Raiders. Winning is their business and they doi it well.
3. Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna (1M, 13-1). 1M state champions. Dominating Lions once again.
4. Miami Christopher Columbus (4M, 14-1). 4M state champions. Ready to get back to the state title game.
5. Plantation American Heritage (2M, 13-2). 2M state runner up. Several key positions to fill.
6. Miami Norland (2M, 9-3). Added plenty of firepower in the off-season.
7. Homestead (3M, 11-3). 3M state runner up. New coach but same impressive talent!
8. Davie Western (4M, 7-4). Ready to make a serious run at a state title.
9. Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (2M, 10-2). Still loaded up with talent – with holes to fill.
10. Pompano Beach Blanche Ely (3M, 10-1). Best season in over two decades.
11. Miramar (3M, 10-2). NEXT GAME: Had a tremendous season and returns plenty of talent in 2023.
12. Miami Booker T. Washington (2M, 9-3). Ice Harris and Max Edwards have plenty of athletes to work with.
13. Miami Northwestern (2M, 6-5). Plenty of new faces plus a new head coach and many holes to fill.
14. Miami Palmetto (4M, 6-6). The Panthers have been busy in the off-season.
15. Plantation (3M, 7-4). Busy off season for the Colonels.
16. Miami Southridge (3M, 7-5). District champions are back and are deeper.
17. Coconut Creek Monarch (4M, 9-3). Plenty of talent. Keep an eye on this program.
18. Fort Lauderdale Dillard (3M – 6-5). This is a new look Panther team that has a long way to go.
19. Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian (2M, 8-3). Competitive last season and once again this year.
20. Weston Cypress Bay (4M, 6-5). Returns some key prospects.
OTHER TEAMS: Coconut Creek (3M, 6-5), Coconut Creek North Broward Prep (2M, 5-5), Cooper City (4M, 2-8), Coral Gables (4M, 5-4), Coral Springs (4M. 4-6), Coral Springs Coral Glades (4M, 2-8), Coral Springs Taravella (4M, 1-9), Davie Nova (3M, 3-7), Deerfield Beach (3M, 3-8), Doral Academy (4M, 7-5), Fort Lauderdale (3M, 6-5), Fort Lauderdale NSU University School (Independent, 6-4), Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest (2M, 8-3), Fort Lauderdale Stranahan (2M, 4-6), Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy (1M, 6-2), Hallandale (2M, 2-8), Hialeah (3M, 4-5), Hialeah American (2M, 2-8), Hollywood Avant Garde (1M, 6-4). Hollywood Hills (3M, 4-6), Hollywood McArthur (3M, 5-5), Hollywood South Broward (3M, 5-5), Miami Archbishop Carroll (1M, 8-3), Miami Belen Jesuit (3M, 5-6), Homestead South Dade (4M, 2-7), Miami Braddock (Independent, 8-3), Miami Carol City (2M, 5-6), Miami Coral Park (Independent, 5-5), Miami Coral Reef (GMAC Independent Champion, 9-2), Miami Dr. Krop (3M, 7-5), Miami Edison (2M, 5-5), Miami Ferguson (Independent, 5-5), Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace (2M, 5-5), Miami Gulliver Prep (2M, 5-5), Miami Immaculata LaSalle (2M, 4-6), Miami Ransom Everglades, (Independent, 6-3), Miami Lakes Barbara Goleman (4M, 5-5), Miami Palmer Trinity (1M, 7-6), Miami St. Brendan (2M, 7-4), Miami True North Classical Academy (1M, 8-4), Miami Westminster Christian (1M, 6-3), Miramar Everglades (3M, 4-6), North Miami (3M, 5-6), North Miami Beach (2M, 4-6), Oakland Park Northeast (2M, 0-9), Parkland Douglas (8-4, 4M), Pembroke Pines Charter (3M, 6-4), Pembroke Pines Flanagan (4M, 2-8), Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy (4M, 6-5), Pembroke Pines West Broward (4M, 6-5), Pompano Beach (Independent, 5-5), Somerset Silver Palms (2M, 3-6), South Miami (2M, 5-4), South Plantation (3M, 7-3), Sunrise Piper (3M, 5-4), Westland Hialeah (2M, 4-6).