Before the 2022 season began, we told you that every week during the season would certainly be an adventure.
Three weeks in and nobody has been disappointed by what has transpired with south Florida programs making an impression nationally, and after last weekend, statewide as well.
When No. 2 Chaminade-Madonna and No. 5 Miami Northwestern was called off last Thursday because of lightning, there was talk about the game not being played – since it wasn’t a district contest and as far as playoff standing it meant nothing.
All night Thursday and into Friday, fans and players from both schools demanded that this game be played. From a financial standpoint and from a football point of view, it was a shame to let a matchup like this pass.
By the time Friday rolled around, the pressure began to mount with irate fans who had looked forward to this game voicing their opinion.
After Lions’ head coach Dameon Jones and Bulls’ head coach Max Edwards got together, both agreed that this marquee contest should indeed be played, and it was.
On Saturday morning, the two teams squared off at “The Mecca” Traz Powell Stadium, and by the end of the game, one of the best teams in the nation stood tall.
Using a high-powered offense and a solid defense, Chaminade-Madonna, with wins over national powerhouse St. John’s Prep of Washington D.C. and Fort Lauderdale Dillard, ran away from the Bulls, 42-14, and not only showed south Florida and the state that they can stand toe-to-toe with anyone, but sent a message to the nation that they are as good as ANYONE in the country.
The Lions, who will play Plantation American Heritage at home on Friday, still has an uphill climb to make it back to the state finals for the sixth consecutive season.
MIAMI CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS TURNS HEADS
When defending state champion Tampa Jesuit came south last Friday night to play 4M Christopher Columbus nobody really knew what to expect.
The Tigers were the only unbeaten team in 2021, knocking off St. Thomas Aquinas in the regular season and Northwestern in the playoffs on the way to their first ever title.
As good as they were last year, they struggled in the first two games of the season, barely getting out of the game against Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast, beating the Titans by one point.
For head coach Dave Dunn and his football team, two wins to start the season gave this program plenty of momentum against Tampa Jesuit.
Playing well on both sides of the ball, the Explorers ended the Tigers’ winning streak with a convincing 32-15 decision and got the attention of football fans across the state.
Playing well in the second half made the difference.
WEEK 3 WAS ONCE AGAIN ACTION PACKED
Here is a look at some of the other scores from this past week in Miami-Dade and Broward counties:
American (Hialeah) 14, Goleman 13
Coconut Creek North Broward Prep 20, Pines Charter 13
Coral Shores 48, Palm Glades 0
Coral Springs 10, Hollywood Hills 6
Davie Western 10, Coconut Creek 3, OT
Doral Academy 49, Mater Academy 14
Fort Lauderdale 38, Leon 0
Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian Academy 28, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest 24
Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 31, Gulliver Prep 14
Fort Lauderdale Dillard 35, Miramar 7
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 42, Cocoa 14
Fort Lauderdale Stranahan 22, Deerfield Beach 18
Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy 21, St. Brendan 13
Hialeah 46, Hialeah Miami-Lakes 0
Hollywood Avant Garde 62, Delray American Heritage 16
Homestead 24, St. Petersburg Lakewood 14
Lake Placid 21, Nova 16
McCallie, Tennessee 62, West Broward 27
Merritt Island 35, Astronaut 0
Miami Archbishop Carroll 41, Palmer Trinity 0
Miami Beach 36, Ferguson 6
Miami Belen Jesuit 15, Fairfield Prep, Connecticut 14
Miami Braddock 48, Southwest Miami 6
Miami Central 35, Miami Booker T. Washington 19
Miami Christopher Columbus 32, Tampa Jesuit 15
Miami Coral Park 34, Varela 0
Miami Coral Reef 34, Hialeah Gardens 8
Miami Edison 35, North Miami 24
Miami Jackson 8, Dr. Krop 6
Miami Monsignor Pace 35, Lely 7
Miami Norland 66, Southridge 28
Miami Palmetto 33, Killian 13
Miami Sunset 29, Everglades Prep 16
Miami Westminster Christian 40, True North 28
Miramar Everglades 27, Cooper City 0
North Miami Beach 30, Delray Beach Atlantic 28
Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy 60, Ransom Everglades 21
Plantation 40, Douglas 26
Plantation American Heritage 56, Glades Central 0
Pompano Beach 21, Miami Country Day 3
Riviera Beach Inlet Grove 56, BridgePrep Academy 0
Somerset South Homestead 50, Somerset Prep 6
South Plantation 41, Northeast 6
Weston Cypress Bay 31, Flanagan 8
TRACKING SOUTH FLORIDA (MIAMI-DADE & BROWARD) PROSPECTS – CLASSES 2023-2026. https://larryblustein.com/prospects/tracking-south-florida-prospects
MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD TRANSFERS. https://larryblustein.com/news/transfer-season-continues-in-miami-dade-broward
TRACKING SOUTH FLORIDA FOOTBALL TEAMS. https://larryblustein.com/news/tracking-south-florida-2022