With the postseason underway, South Florida high school football is only bound to continue making a name for itself.
That being said, many teams advanced to the next round of the playoffs, while others captured regular-season victories. After further evaluation, here are 305 Sports’ updated power rankings:
No. 1: Miami Northwestern (3-1)
Last week: No. 1
The Bulls were met with a difficult task in Key West, edging them in a 28-20 Class 5A play-in contest. Now, they’ll take on a Patriots squad that has serious potential to pull an upset bid. However, a win puts them in a great direction in claiming a fourth consecutive state title.
Week 11: vs. Plantation American Heritage (Friday at 7:30 p.m.)
No. 2: St. Thomas Aquinas (3-1)
Last week: No. 2
Aquinas had a week-off in preparation for a Class 7A quarter-final game against a 5-4 Lightning team. Assuming that they continue the dominance they showcased against American Heritage a week ago, they’re heavy favorites to win.
Week 11: vs. Lehigh (Friday at 7:30 p.m.)
No. 3: Miami Central (3-1)
Last week: No. 3
For yet again another week, an opposing school forfeited against the Rockets, leaving them without a chance to suit up since October 30. Central will take on a 3-5 Trojans group in the Class 6A quarter-finals.
Week 11: vs. Lely (Friday at 7:30 p.m.)
No. 4: Plantation American Heritage (6-2)
Last week: No. 4
The Patriots cruised past Palm Bay 49-0 in a Class 5A play-in match. Forcing a total of four turnovers, Heritage’s defensive dominance will give them an opportunity to meet Miami Northwestern in a game likely to be memorable.
Week 11: vs. Miami Northwestern (Friday at 7:30 p.m.)
No. 5: Chaminade-Madonna (5-1)
Last week: No. 5
Jaylon Tolbert and his group are as motivated as ever, entering this Class 3A semi-finals game with an advantage. Still, there’s no underestimating this Calvary team, so it should be interesting, to say the least.
Week 11: vs. Calvary Christian Academy (Friday at 7:30 p.m.)
No. 6: Cardinal Gibbons (4-1)
Last week: No. 6
The Chiefs continue developing into a legitimate state title-contending group, but they’ll have to knock down the undefeated Raiders before getting there.
Week 11: vs. Gulliver Prep (Friday at 7:30 p.m.)
No. 7: Christopher Columbus (4-0)
Last week: No. 8
The Explorers continue dominating opposing teams, with North Miami Beach being its latest victim. They’ll take on a Cavaliers squad this upcoming week that comes off a loss to South Dade.
They jump one spot in the rankings thanks to their consistent play.
Week 11: vs. Coral Gables (Friday at 7:00 p.m.)
No. 8: Miami Palmetto (2-1)
Last week: No. 7
Although the Panthers claimed a 10-0 victory against Dr. Phillips, they’ll have to find a way to fill-in quarterback Kevin Smith, who will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
That being said, they drop one spot in the rankings.
Week 11: vs. Lake Nona (Friday at 7:30 p.m.)
No. 9: Gulliver Prep (5-0)
Last Week: No. 10
The Raiders routed Monsignor Pace Friday night, and are now faced with its toughest opponent of the season in Cardinal Gibbons. A victory would boost their spot in the rankings, but a loss could see them drop.
Only time will tell.
Week 11: vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Friday at 7:30 p.m.)
No. 10: Tru Prep Academy (5-1)
Last week: No. 9
The Saints were game-less last week and will now be tasked with taking on IMG Academy, the undisputable No. 1 team in the nation.
Week 11: vs. IMG Academy (Friday at 7:00 p.m.)