It is often said that if you want to see off-season camps, 7-on-7 tournament and combines, simply travel across the country, and attend just about any summer event.
If it’s high-level football games that you happen to be searching for, you need to look no further than south Florida. From late August until the state championships, there is no other area in the country that features more games who are nationally recognized like the two counties (Miami-Dade and Broward) that make up south Florida.
One of the heaviest recruited 60 miles of real estate from north Fort Lauderdale to where Florida City becomes the gateway to the Florida kids, the talent is amazing – every single week.
This past Thursday night the entire country, via ESPN2, had the chance to see south Florida football at its very finest.
Nowhere in the country – California, Texas and Georgia included – would you find the kind of elite, Power 5 talent that you had at the “Mecca”, Traz Powell Stadium, when two of the country’s best squared off.
Even though the rain and lightning delayed the matchup by two hours, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, No. 2 in Florida, and No. 3 Miami Central, battled for 48 minutes, and when the final seconds ticked off near midnight, the Lions remained unbeaten, 31-28.
No matter how you slice it, there were absolutely NO losers on this night. Chaminade-Madonna will look to get back to the 1M state title game for the record eighth straight time – while the four-time defending state champions Rockets will look to win that coveted fifth straight crown.
What the nation had the opportunity to see was two programs, stacked with elite talent, showcase future collegiate and professional prospects. That is certainly nothing new to this area.
Coach Dameon Jones and Coach Jube Joseph gave the nation an opportunity to watch the #305 and #954 on full display.
Coconut Creek 26, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely 7. For the past three seasons, the Cougars have been setting the table for 2023.
This was to be the year that those youngsters, who started this journey together, made it all pay off – and they have.
Winning for the fourth time this season, beating the rival Tigers was something that was marked on the calendar from the beginning.
What head coach Johnnie Sloan and his team have been able to accomplish is something that this team expected.
With the top rated Chaminade-Madonna Lions coming up this coming week, the thought of an upset will be on the minds of every player and coach – and it will indeed be the biggest game this school has ever played!
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 42, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast 6. Just when everyone was starting to write the four-time defending state champion Raiders off as a national contender, they came out and demolished a team that hadn’t lost this season.
After losing to national California power St. John Bosco to open the season, and narrowly escaping Cocoa at home, many football fans and purists were not totally sold on head coach Roger Harriott and his football team, but like they have done for much of the past three decades, they rose to the occasion and are very much in control for an amazing fifth consecutive state title.
In addition to those three games, there were some other impressive games in week 5:
Boca Raton St. Andrew’s 62, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep 28
Coconut Creek Monarch 26, Parkland Douglas 7
Coral Gables 24, Miami Braddock 21
Coral Springs 42, Oakland Park Northeast 0
Davie Western 51, Coral Springs Taravella 0
Deerfield Beach 22, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson 0
Deerfield Beach Somerset Key 41, Boca Raton Christian 21
Doral Reagan 30, Miami Sunset 19
Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian 20, North Miami 13
Fort Lauderdale Dillard 14, Miramar 7 (OT)
Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy 35, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest 0
Hollywood Avant Garde 48, Boca Raton John Paul II 18
Homestead Everglades Prep 8, Miami BridgePrep 0
Homestead South Dade 42, Miami Jackson 6
LaBelle 9, Miami Florida Christian 2
Miami Archbishop Carroll 58, Goulds Palm Glades 6
Miami Booker T. Washington 26, Miami Carol City 0
Miami Coral Park 12, Hialeah Miami Lakes 0
Miami Christopher Columbus 24, Miami Northwestern 7
Miami Coral Reef 24, Southwest Miami 21
Miami High 47, South Miami 0
Miami Norland 57, Hialeah American 12
Miami Palmetto 28, Clearwater Academy International 12
Miami Ransom Everglades 42, Marathon 0
Miami Southridge 40, Doral Academy 0
Miami Springs 20, Westland Hialeah 7
Miami St. Brendan 29, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy 0
Miami True North Classical Academy 21, Naples First Baptist 8
Miami Westminster Christian 30, Somerset South Homestead 21
Naples 45, Miami Killian 14
North Miami Beach 21, Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace 20 (OT)
Pembroke Pines West Broward 24, Pines Charter 7
Sunrise Piper 28, Hollywood McArthur 20
SW Ranches Archbishop McCarthy 41, Delray American Heritage 24
West Palm Beach The King’s Academy 36, Miami Gulliver Prep 28
Weston Cypress Bay 40, Davie Nova 0
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Miami Norland 2025 QB Ennio Yapoor had another 4-touchdown game in a win against Hialeah American. The Vikings are 5-0.
Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy continues to be the story this year, remaining unbeaten. QB Robert Kerns was 12 of 13 for 158 and a TD, rushing 9 carries for 132 and a TD long of 54 run. Mahkai Vance 9 Carries for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns and Damian Grant 5 Carries for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy also remained unbeaten and had several standouts. Senior Alonso Collins had 14 rushes for 108 yards and a touchdown. He caught 4 passes for 69 yards and a receiving touchdown. On defense, he added 9 tackles, 1 TFL, and a sack. Senior Anthony Barbar went 19/28 for 288 yards with 4 touchdown passes and a 2-point conversion. Senior Evan Tempro had 12 tackles and 2 TFLs. On offense, he added 2 catches for 46 yards.
Junior Harrison Gant had 7 tackles, 2 INT for 23 yards and 2 forced fumbles.
Sunrise Piper 2024 DE, Kavaughn Stewart 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 2 sacks.
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