In what was the start of the playoffs for many schools, South Florida football is entering the competitive stages that no other state has to offer.
Miami Northwestern, the No. 1 team in 305 Sports’ latest power rankings, traveled to Key West in what was a surprisingly tough contest. The Bulls ultimately captured a 28-10 victory, moving them onto the Class 5A regional finals against Plantation American Heritage.
A number of other teams also competed, including Deerfield Beach, who made their season-opener against Pompano Beach Blanche Ely. Overall, the top teams remained sharp and persistent against their opponents.
Here’s a recap on how Week 10 fared in South Florida:
No. 1 Miami Northwestern 28, Key West (FL) 20
The Conchs gave Northwestern all they had in their arsenal, resulting in a fairly close game when it was all said and done. Regardless, the Bulls advance to take on arguably their toughest task in order to conquer four consecutive state championships.
The Patriots (6-2) will await coach Max Edwards’ squad this upcoming Friday at 7:30 p.m.
No. 4 American Heritage (FL) 49, Palm Bay (FL) 0
Heritage was sharp and determined from the start, making it a 42-0 blowout by halftime. They’ll move on to face Miami Northwestern in what’ll be a win or go home battle.
Although the official stats are yet to be released, it’s known that the Patriots forced four turnovers, three of them being fumbles and the other an interception. Along with that, the running back trio of Mark Fletcher, Jerry Dinkins III and Reggie Foster Jr. accounted for four touchdowns on the night.
No. 5 Chaminade-Madonna (FL) 52, Somerset Academy Silver Palms (FL) 0
The Lions seem to be clicking week-by-week, with the latest result featuring a shutout victory as they advance to the Class 3A semi-finals against Calvary Christian.
The 1-2 punch of Jaylon Tolbert and Thaddius Franklin is now in full effect.
No. 6 Cardinal Gibbons (FL) 37, Clewiston (FL) 7
The Chiefs had no trouble advancing to the Class 4A semi-finals. Led by senior quarterback Brody Palhegyi’s four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing), the Tigers were deemed hopeless as the game progressed.
Clemson commit and Cardinal Gibbons senior wide receiver, Troy Stellato, garnered three receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns. They’ll now prepare to take on an undefeated Gulliver Prep squad.
No. 7 Christopher Columbus (FL) 35, North Miami Beach 0
On the Explorers’ senior night, they continued dominating the way they’ve been doing things all-season long, shutting out the Chargers.
Next up, Columbus will suit up to take on Coral Gables (FL) on the road.
No. 8 Miami Palmetto 10, Dr. Phillips (FL) 0
Saturday’s contest featured a dominant defensive performance for the Panthers, holding their opponent scoreless as they advanced to the Class 8A quarter-finals.
Miami commit and Palmetto receiver Brashard Smith was forced to step up as the wildcat quarterback after Kevin Smith went down with a knee injury in the first quarter. Smith finished the game with 122 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
Palmetto will have to find a permanent way to replace Smith, however, who will miss the remainder of the season.
No. 10 Gulliver Prep (FL) 43, Monsignor Pace (FL) 13
The Raiders improved to 5-0 on the season and inched closer to the Class 4A title. Before doing so, they’ll have to take down Cardinal Gibbons, who’s as hungry as hungry for a championship as they are.
Expect a thriller to go down Friday night.
Deerfield Beach (FL) 34, Blanche Ely (FL) 0
With no practice for 14 days, the cancellation of two games and the absence of coach Jevon Glenn, the Bucks had no problem routing past the Tigers at home.
They received help on all sides, with Auburn commit Phillip O’Brien and Navy commit Tyler Gaskin both picking up interceptions, while freshman signal-caller and sophomore running back Jaziun Patterson, among others, scored touchdowns to extend their lead.