When it comes to the quarterback position, south Florida signal callers are often not among the best in the state, but that is changing.
Heading into the sixth week of the season, Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, with some of the toughest and most competitive schedules in the country – find themselves on top.
Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy senior Anthony Barbar, a three-year starter for the Lions, finds himself as the statistical leader for a team that is 5-0.
The Lions and Barbar have been lighting it up against their opponents and Barbar (100 of 139, 1,596, 17 touchdowns, 1 interception) sits at No. 1 among Florida’s quarterbacks.
Barbar and his teammates have rolled through the first five opponents this season, has a chance to maintain his lofty standing with head coach Ehren Walhoff and his teammates leading the way.
Barbar is not the only south Floridian off to a big-time start. Miami Norland junior Ennio Yapoor Jr. is also a big reason why the Vikings are off to a perfect 5-0 start.
Yapoor and his teammates still have a few challenging teams (Miami Booker T. Washington and Miami Central) coming up over the next three weeks, so his arm and legs will be needed in a major way.
In five games, Yapoor has thrown for 1,303 yards and 12 touchdowns on 63 of 81 attempts. He has also added to that impressive start with his legs, rushing for over 200 yards as well for head coach Daryle Heidelburg’s team.
Speaking of underclassmen, how about Miami True North Classical Academy’s Zac Katz. For the second straight year, this impressive prospect has been among the best in the country. This year as just a ninth grader.
Like Barbar and Yapoor, Katz has led his Titans and head coach Greg Laferre to a perfect start, including a win over defending 1S state champion Naples First Baptist – last week.
Katz has complete 73 of 90 passes for 1,266 yards and 21 touchdowns.
If you are looking for a huge reason why Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna is off to a 5-0 start and ranked No. 3 in the country, maybe looking at senior Cedrick Bailey would be a great start.
All the North Carolina State commitment has done for head coach Dameon Jones and the Lions is throw for 1,193 yards and 15 touchdowns on 100 completions.
This team has played one the of the most challenging schedules in the nation.
Miami Westminster Christian junior Jason Barket Jr. is picking up where he left off in 2022.
All this talented young man has done for first year head coach Patrick Wennin is complete 76 of 143 passes for 1,140 and seven touchdowns.
Although he was injured after three games, Coconut Creek Monarch senior quarterback A.J. Hairston showed why he is one of the best in Florida for head coach Calvin Davis.
The UMass commitment was 54 of 77 for 1,103 yards and 14 touchdowns before going down against Piper.
Fort Lauderdale NSU University School senior Jett Yurgealitis is also one of the top passers in Florida after the first five weeks.
The talented young man has also led the Sharks and head coach Mike Norman, completing 53 of 86 passes for 1,033 and 16 touchdowns while throwing only one interception.
Throughout the season we will shine the spotlight on Miami-Dade and Broward standouts that are making an impact for their teams.
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