We warned you a few weeks back that as the season moves along, the games become more important and to keep an eye on the unexpected.
This past week started on Thursday night as Miami Booker T. Washington and Miami Norland got together for a 2M matchup.
Both teams were indeed up for the game, and with a second half rally, the Vikings took advantage of an injury and opportunistic play to remain unbeaten.
With the district title up for grabs this coming week, Norland will be tested heavily against nationally rated four-time defending state champion Miami Central. The Vikings ended up winning the exciting contest, 20-19.
On Friday evening, the annual Miami Northwestern-Miami Central contest took place, and as usual, the game lived up to what it's all about in a rivalry like this.
The Bulls, who came in with a losing record, never backed down and stayed in the game all the way until the end, losing to the powerhouse Rockets, 17-10.
With their only two losses this season to unbeaten national powers Las Vegas Bishop Gorman and Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, the Rockets continued their quest for five straight as they used depth and talent to come out on top and now lead 9-6 in the past 15 meetings.
The same night, Plantation American Heritage traveled to play Western in Davie. The young Patriots have exceeded expectations after losing so many players from last year’s 2M state runner up squad – while the Wildcats, a favorite in 4M before the season – have fallen short of what was expected.
Western remained in the game throughout, falling short in the fourth quarter, 28-14.
Both teams are very much alive in the race to get to Tallahassee in December.
Perhaps the biggest shocker of the week was Homestead’s convincing 32-16 win against Miami Christopher Columbus.
In a Saturday night showdown between the 3M state runner up Broncos and the 4M state champion Explorers turned out to be a contest that not only opened some eyes but may have changed the perception in the final month of the season.
It was indeed a week that not only caught the attention locally, but also will change the state poll this coming week.
In addition to those four games, here is a look at how Miami-Dade and Broward schools fared in Week 7:
Boynton Beach Somerset Academy 42, Pembroke Pines Somerset 7
Coconut Creek 41, Fort Lauderdale 0
Coconut Creek Monarch 28, Hollywood McArthur 7
Coral Springs 20, Coral Springs Coral Glades 15
Doral Academy 35, North Miami 20
Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 43, Miami Belen Jesuit 28
Fort Lauderdale NSU University School 43, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep 22
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 58, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson 0
Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy 13, North Lauderdale Somerset Prep 6]
Hialeah 44, Hallandale 0
Hialeah American 41, Miami Beach 0
Hollywood Chaminade 55, Fort Lauderdale Dillard 20
Hollywood Hills 45, Pompano Beach 9
Jupiter 35, Parkland Douglas 6
Jupiter Christian 54, Somerset Academy Key 20
LaBelle 34, Miami BridgePrep Academy 6
Lake Mary 49, North Miami Beach 10
Miami Archbishop Carroll 49, Somerset Homestead South 14
Miami Braddock 35, Miami Coral Park 0
Miami Carol City 25, Westland Hialeah 8
Miami Country Day 37, South Daytona Beach Warner Christian 0
Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace 28, Miami Dr. Krop 7
Miami Gulliver Prep 31, Homestead Somerset Silver Palms 0
Miami High 20, Coral Gables 15
Miami Immaculata LaSalle 21, Miami Westminster Christian 20
Miami Lakes Barbara Goleman 41, Hialeah Gardens 0
Miami Palmer Trinity 33, Goulds Palm Glade 0
Miami Palmetto 13, Miami Edison 0
Miami Ransom Everglades 28, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest 0
Miami Southridge 24, St. Petersburg Lakewood 7
Miami Springs 13, South Miami 0
Miami True North Classical Academy 35, Miami St. Brendan 15
Miami Varela 21, North Miami Mourning 20
Miramar 61, Pines Charter 0
Miramar Everglades 33, Pembroke Pines Flanagan 32
Naples St. John Neumann 45, Miami Florida Christian 6
Pembroke Pines West Broward 34, Hollywood South Broward 26
Plantation 34, Davie Nova 6
Piper 40, South Plantation 0
SW Ranches Archbishop McCarthy 48, Cooper City 14
Titusville 17, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian 14
Weston Cypress Bay 43, Coral Springs Taravella 3
SOME LOCAL TOP PERFORMERS
Once again, this week, there were some quality local performances.
Unbeaten Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy had some quality performances this week. Leading the Lions were junior D.J. Wimbley (5 tackles, 4 TFLs, 2 sacks for 25 yards, and a blocked kick), junior Harrison Gant (8 rushes for 91 yards and a touchdown, and a catch for 16 yards. He also added 8 tackles on defense), junior Mikee Varga (6 tackles, 2 TFLs, and 2 sacks for 17 yards) and senior punter Colin Cartagena (2 punts for 90 yards with a long of 48 yards).
Weston Cypress Bay 2025 QB Devin Gonzalez had 289 yards and 5 scores and 2024 athlete Joaquin Edie finished with 6 reception and 2 scores and added a 63-yard punt return.
Kenley Israel DE, Miramar Everglades had 9 solo tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
2027 OL Shane Martinez, Fort Lauderdale NSU University School had another stellar week with 6 pancake blocks and 6 drive blocks.
In remaining unbeaten, Miami True North Classical Academy 2027 QB Zac Katz finished 20 of 23 for 302 yards and 1 score.
Daniel Fernandez Jr., Miami Westminster Christian, recorded 7 Solo tackles, 5 Sacks, 5 Tackles for loss and 2 Forced Fumbles.
Miramar 2024 QB Kael Alexander completed nine passes for 216 yards and 3 scores. He added 2 more scores on the ground.
Miami Norland’s offense came alive in the second half as junior quarterback Ennio Yapoor scored the game-winning touchdown. Yapoor also threw a touchdown pass earlier in the fourth quarter.
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