By now, we all know the teams who are considered as favorites to either get to the state finals or make a solid playoff run.
What we are not familiar with are those programs, considered by many of the experts not to be a factor when the season started, but are very much alive and well as we head toward Week No. 8 of the season.
While critics will always talk about schedule and playing lesser opponents, the end result is exposure, and if you are new to all this, when you are 6-0 or 5-1, you will get more attention than the 3-3 or 1-5 schools – no matter how many colleges are after you or not, so the end result is to win and continue getting these prospects some solid film – and recognition.
As many of the state-rated football teams fell this past weekend, and lost out on the valuable exposure, there were a number of south Florida teams that continued to have an outstanding season – away from the popular spotlight that the media focuses on.
Programs such as Dr. Krop (Miami), a 24-7 winner over Miami Beach to move to 4-1 on the season under head coach Tom Caporale.
In addition, surprising Florida Christian (Miami) continued its magical ride, moving to a perfect 6-0 under head coach Joe Burmeister, who truly has this Patriot team poised for
the playoffs. They beat a stubborn Miami Westminster Christin, 14-0.
Goleman (Hialeah) and head coach Ariel Cribeiro moved to 4-2 with a convincing 40-0 win against Miami Sunset. The Gators are looking to finish the season off strong once again.
Another major surprise has been 4A Immaculata LaSalle (Miami), who also moved to a perfect 7-0 under head coach Helder Valle with a 23-3 win over Somerset Pembroke Pines.
Miami High and first year head coach Paul Volero continue to turn heads – and beating longtime rival Coral Gables sent the Stingarees to 3-1 on the season.
The Miramar Patriots and head coach A.J. Scott have started to put things together after a rough start. The Patriots (4-2) beat Hallandale, 43-6.
Coach Roger Caron and Miami Ransom Everglades are also way under-the-radar, beating Pompano Beach last week, 37-7, staying perfect this season at 6-0.
One of the big success stories in south Florida so far this season has been Coach Charles McCrae and the South Broward (Hollywood) Bulldogs. With a 35-0 win over Everglades, this team moved to 6-1, outscoring the opposition, 244-71, with North Miami, McArthur and Cooper City coming up.
Westland Hialeah also continued to showcase a tremendous team under head coach Joe Gross – with a 26-0 win over Hialeah Gardens and moved to 5-1. This is by far the best start the schools has had.
THE REST OF WEEK 7
While those games were the marquee matchups for the week, they were not alone. Here is a look at the rest of south Florida teams did:
American (Hialeah) 29, Mourning 0
American Heritage (Delray) 41, Cypress Bay 21
Avant Garde Academy (Hollywood) 58, Jupiter Christian 38
Belen Jesuit (Miami) 37, Somerset Silver Palms 0
Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach) 22, Boyd Anderson 21
Braddock (Miami) 38, Ferguson 30
Calvary Christian (Fort Lauderdale) 42, Coral Springs 6
Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale) 56, Pine Crest 7
Central (Miami) 56, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0
Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah) 41, Barron Collier 23
Christopher Columbus (Miami) 49, Southwest Miami 7
Coral Glades (Coral Springs) 30, Flanagan 16
Coral Park (Miami) 28, Reagan 6
Coral Shores (Tavernier) 38, Marathon 8
Dade Christian (Miami) 51, Cambridge 7
Hollywood Hills 21, Pines Charter 6
Homestead 39, Hialeah 0
Jackson (Miami) 25, St. Brendan 12
Killian (Miami) 46, Key West 7
Miami International Academy 45, Ambassador Christian 6
Monarch (Coconut Creek) 23, Douglas 21
Monsignor Pace (Miami Gardens) 42, Surge Academy 6
Niceville 21, Edison 14
North Miami Beach 49, Miami Springs 6
Northwestern (Miami) 27, Norland 12
Palmer Trinity (Miami) 42, Palm Glades Prep 6
Palmetto (Miami) 52, South Dade 7
Plantation 42, Piper 19
Southridge (Miami) 47, Mater Academy 6
South Miami 14, North Miami 10
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) 62, South Plantation 0
Western (Davie) 23, Coconut Creek 0
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