With two weeks left before the opening round of the state playoffs and several local teams are looking to head into the post season on a roll.
Miami Central, St. Thomas Aquinas and Chaminade-Madonna all stayed sharp with key wins that will send these programs into the post season with a great chance to bring home titles.
As our 10th south Florida rankings are unveiled, the top 3 teams remain the same – as unbeaten Miami Killian, Homestead and Miami Northwestern remained hot with the first ever GMAC Week Playoffs starting on Wednesday and lasts through Saturday.
Here is the way Week 10 stacks up:
1. Miami Central Rockets (5A, 6-2). In winning for the sixth straight time, 41-6, against North Miami Beach, head coach Roland Smith and his team continued to make an impact. THIS WEEK: It’s GMAC Football Week as it will be No. 6 Miami Northwestern on Thursday at Traz Powell Stadium at 7. NEXT OPPONENT: The final week of the regular season will be off as of press time.
2. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (7A, 8-1). It was THIS WEEK: Coach Roger Harriott’s team wrapped up a district title with a thrilling 23-13 win against No. 8 Dillatrd. NEXT OPPONENT: Will be in the playoffs as they are schedule to have off the final week of the season.
3. Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Lions (3A, 6-1). Finally got back on the field after two full weeks off and took care of business against Fort Lauderdale Stranahan, 50-0. THIS WEEK: Another huge home game against state-rated and unbeaten 4A team, St. Petersburg Lakewood on Friday, Oct. 29. NEXT OPPONENT: As of press time, head coach Dameon Jones and his team does not have a game schedule.
4. Miami Killian Cougars (5A, 9-0). Head coach Derrick Gibson and his team won for the 9th straight week, 42-8, over Miami Southridge. THIS WEEK: It’s GMAC Week and the Cougars will be playing Miami Booker T. Washington on Wednesday at 7:30 at Traz Powell Stadium. NEXT OPPONENT: They will be off to get ready for the playoffs.
5. Homestead Broncos (7A, 7-1). Came away with a tough 27-20 win against Miami Booker T. Washington. THIS WEEK: It’s GMAC Football Week and the Broncos will take on rival South Dade on Wednesday at Traz Powell Stadium at 4. NEXT OPPONENT: Coach Philip Simpson and the No. 1 seed will get ready for the playoffs with the week off.
6. Miami Northwestern Bulls (6A, 7-2). Coach Max Edwards and his district champions came up with an impressive 44-6 win against Miami Carol City. THIS WEEK: It’s GMAC Football Week and that means a rematch with No. 1 Miami Central on Thursday at Traz Powell Stadium at 7. NEXT OPPONENT: The Bulls will get ready for the playoffs with an off week.
7. Davie Western Wildcats (8A, 6-2). Coach Adam Ratkevich and his team wrapped up the district title with a 45-0 win over Flanagan – the third straight shutout this season. THIS WEEK: A home district game against West Broward on Oct. 28. NEXT OPPONENT: The regular season comes to an end with a road game at No. 19 Miramar on Nov. 5.
8. Fort Lauderdale Dillard Panthers (7A, 7-1). Dropped an exciting district title game to No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas on the road, 23-13. THIS WEEK: A Friday night home game against Plantation. NEXT OPPONENT: The regular season comes to an end with the Broward Soul Bowl against Blanche Ely on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Lockhart Park in Fort Lauderdale.
9. Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs (4A, 6-2). After losing to No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas, the assignment was not easy against one of Florida’s top programs, Venice, but head coach Matt Dubuc and his team won the game, 28-22 THIS WEEK: A Friday, Oct. 29 game at Pembroke Pines Flanagan. NEXT OPPONENT: The regular season comes to an end on Friday, Nov. 5 at Boyd Anderson.
10. Deerfield Beach Bucks (8A, 6-2). In winning for the third straight time, this team scored early and often in a 50-0 district win against West Boca Raton. THIS WEEK: A key district road game at Boca Raton on Oct. 29 for the title. NEXT OPPONENT: The regular season comes to an end with a Nov. 5 home game against Piper.
11. Miami Palmetto Panthers (8A, 6-1). For the second time this year, a game against No. 13 Miami Gulliver Prep was postponed because of weather. THIS WEEK: It’s GMAC Football Week and the Panthers will take on No. 14 Christopher Columbus at Traz Powell Stadium on Friday at 7:30. NEXT OPPONENT: The regular season comes to an end on Thursday, Nov. 4 at home against No. 15 Miami Edison.
12. Plantation American Heritage Patriots (5A, 4-3). In wrapping up another district title, head coach Pat Surtain and his team rolled to a 56-0 win against Boynton Beach. THIS WEEK: A home district game on Oct. 29 against Stranahan. NEXT OPPONENT: Will have the week off to get ready for the competitive playoffs.
13. Miami Gulliver Prep Raiders (4A, 5-1). Once again last week, head coach Earl Sims and his team were rained out against No. 11 Miami Palmetto. THIS WEEK: An away game on Oct. 29 at 7-2 West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman. NEXT OPPONENT: The regular season comes to an end on the road against Orlando Bishop Moore on Nov. 5.
14. Miami Christopher Columbus Explorers (8A, 5-3). Coach Dave Dunn and his team won for the fourth straight time – a 35-10 decision over South Dade. THIS WEEK: It’s GMAC Football Week and a rematch with No. 11 Miami Palmetto on Friday at Traz Powell Stadium. NEXT OPPONENT: Will have the final week of the season off to get ready for the playoffs.
15. Miami Edison Red Raiders (3A, 4-3). Coach Luther Campbell and his team snapped a two-game losing streak with a convincing 44-25 win against Miami-Dade Christian. THIS WEEK: It’s GMAC Football Week and a rematch with Miami Norland is scheduled for Saturday (5:00) at Traz Powell Stadium. NEXT OPPONENT: A Thursday trip to play No. 11 Miami Palmetto on Nov. 4.
16. Hialeah Champagnat Catholic Lions (2A, 6-2). Head Coach Hector Clavijo and his team won for the third straight time – a 54-18 win against Miami International Academy. THIS WEEK: At press time, the Lions had no game scheduled for next week. NEXT OPPONENT: The regular season comes to an end for the two-time defending state champions with a Friday, Nov. 5 trip to Naples Lely.
17. Florida Christian Patriots (3A, 7-0). After seven straight wins to start the season out, head coach Joe Burmeister and his team enjoy the week off. THIS WEEK: A key home game on Friday, Oct. 29 against unbeaten Miami Ransom Everglades. NEXT OPPONENT: At press time, this was a scheduled off week as they prepare for the playoffs.
18. Miami LaSalle Royal Lions (4A, 8-0). It was not pretty, but a 14-13 win over Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest kept head coach Helder Valle and his team unbeaten. THIS WEEK: A home game on Oct. 29 against North Broward Prep. NEXT OPPONENT: The regular season comes to an end on Friday, Nov. 5 against SW Ranches Archbishop McCarthy.
19. Miramar Patriots (7A, 5-2). Coach A.J. Scott and his football team enjoyed this past week off – getting ready for the stretch run. THIS WEEK: A home district game against Miramar Everglades on Friday, Oct. 29. NEXT OPPONENT: A key non-district home game against No. 7 Davie Western on Nov. 5.
20. Hollywood South Broward Bulldogs (7A, 7-1). Coach Charles McCrae and his team are off to the best start this program has had in nearly two decades, beating North Miami, 28-21, moving one step closer to a playoff spot. THIS WEEK: A Friday home game against longtime rival McArthur. NEXT OPPONENT: The regular season comes to an end with a Nov. 5 home game against Cooper City.
ALSO KEEP AN EYE ON: Booker T. Washington (4A, 4-5), Coconut Creek (6A, 6-2), Doral Academy (7A, 6-1), Hialeah Goleman (Independent, 6-2), Hollywood Avant Garde Academy (2A, 6-0), Miami Dr. Krop Lightning (8A, 5-2), Miami Ransom Everglades (Independent, 7-0), Miami True North (6-1), Plantation (6A, 5-1), Westland Hialeah (Independent, 6-1).
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