Okay, everyone is now playing football across the state of Florida – and while many continue to stop and start because of Covid, this season is under way.
Seven weeks after the first teams laced it up in Venice, Broward County public schools joined the season – along with Miami-Dade, which jumped in last week.
This season will forever be remembered for the season that limped from start to finish.
No matter what side of the fence you are – when this season should have collectively started for EVERYONE. Not just half or three quarters of the state.
In the wake of that decision, we are no standing two weeks away from the playoffs. LOL. Yes, after just three weeks of fine tuning for a run at the state playoffs, Miami Northwestern (5A) and Miami Central (6A) will join St. Thomas Aquinas (7A), Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna (3A) and Hialeah Champagnat Catholic (2A) as the teams making a solid run to the state championships to defend their titles.
In a more perfect world, Miami Booker T. Washington (4A) and Miami Christopher Columbus would not have had to make a choice whether to get more games and develop over defending their state championships.
While there is a race for the state championships wherever they may be held this season (rumor says Tallahassee), there is a Tri County Championship being planned that will include Booker T. Washington, Columbus and a number of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach teams who will play their 4-5 games and then have three games in the playoffs.
Each team has until the end of the year to get in games for film, teaching and development.
TEAMS GET OFF TO A SOLID START
It figures that the weather would cut into the first weekend for Broward public school programs – as Fort Lauderdale and Dillard kicked off the year at the all new Lockhart Park as the Panthers first year head coach Tyler Tate made his debut.
Plantation and Western hooked up in a lightning-delayed game, but when it was played, the scoreboard lit up with over 90 points as the Wildcats started 1-0.
Bainbridge, Ga. 35, Dade Christian 14
Boca Raton 20 Boynton Beach 7
Boca Raton Olympic Heights 21, Spanish River 7
Boca Raton St. Andrew’s 34, Westminster Academy 25
Bradenton IMG Academy 49, Northwestern 14
Clewiston 15, Doral Academy 0
Coconut Creek 22, McArthur 20
Coconut Creek Monarch 39, Taravella 0
Coral Gables 41, Southridge 14
Coral Glades 35, Coral Springs Charter 13
Davie Western 55, Plantation 41
Delray American Heritage 19, Cardinal Newman 0
Dwyer 25, Pahokee 22
Everglades Prep 6, Somerset Homestead 0
Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian 32, American 0
Fort Lauderdale Dillard 42, Fort Lauderdale 0
Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest 22, Archbishop McCarthy 0
Glades Central 41, Palm Beach Central 0
Hialeah Gardens 24, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 12
Homestead South Dade 14, Jackson 6
Jupiter 46, John I. Leonard 14
Key West 42, Surge Academy 8
Lake City Columbia 35, North Miami Beach 34
Miami Carol City 32, Port Charlotte 14
Miami Central 14, Miami Edison 0 (Game Called at the half due to lightning)
Miami Dr. Krop 28, Westland Hialeah 7
Miami High 16, Southwest Miami 6
Miami Killian 54, Norland 19
Miami Palmer Trinity 34, True North 7
Miami Palmetto 28, Homestead 0
Miami Ransom Everglades 28, Coral Shores 0
Miami Springs 57, Miami Beach 0
Miami St. Brendan 13, Florida Christian 0
Miami Sunset 27, Ferguson 0
Mount Dora Christian 49, Berean Christian 21
North Broward Prep 26, Pompano Beach 6
Okeechobee 62, Glades Day 27
Orlando Jones 7, Chaminade-Madonna 0 (Game Called In The 1st Half, Lightning)
Palm Beach Gardens 16, Palm Beach Lakes 6
Parkland Douglas, 14, Coral Springs 6
Plantation American Heritage 23, Cardinal Gibbons 17
Riviera Beach Suncoast 50, Village Academy 14
Royal Palm Beach 26, Wellington 21
Somerset Silver Palms 37, Palm Glades Prep 7
South Plantation 26, Everglades 0
St. Thomas Aquinas 31, Deland 7
South Miami 35, Coral Reef 2
TRU Prep Academy 34, Monsignor Pace 14
West Broward 43, Hollywood Hills 0