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South Florida Football Week 9 Power Rankings: Max Edwards’ Bulls On Top

Michael Yero / 305 Sports

After multiple weeks of analyzing what South Florida high school football has to offer in 2020, the 305 Sports team broke down their first official power ranking.

With plenty of football left to play, the list could change drastically. That being said, here’s the top 10:

No. 1: Miami Northwestern (2-1)

Last week: N/A.

Bouncing back after a loss to IMG Academy, the Bulls showcased why they’re the top team in the area, adding a 17-7 win to their resume. Like it was in their 21-24 victory over Miami Central, Northwestern’s defense shined bright, as the Panthers scored only on the opening kickoff.

For the time being, there’s seemingly no other competitor capable of knocking them down on their route to its fourth straight FHSAA Class 5A state championship.

Week 10: vs. Key West (Fla.), per MaxPreps.

No. 2: St. Thomas Aquinas (3-1)

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In the biggest stage of their young careers, Aquinas made the adjustments and fulfilled the necessities needed to knock down American Heritage 33-23. Forcing five turnovers, three resulting in a touchdown, this contest, which was broadcasted on ESPN2, makes up for their upset loss to Cardinal Gibbons, who the Patriots had beaten.

While many lost hope for this squad early on, Aquinas seems capable of making more noise in the long run.

Week 10: N/A.

No. 3: Miami Central (2-1)

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Central never got a chance to play last week, as Immokalee (0-7) forfeited days before the game. They now advance to their second play-in game, with a chance to advance to the quarter-finals.

Based on their performances against Miami Northwestern and Miami Edison, this Rockets group is capable of any challenge ahead of them. With an offense led by running back Amari Daniels and a defense ran by linebacker Terrence Lewis, there’s no telling how dangerous they could be when at their best.

Week 10: N/A.

No. 4: Plantation American Heritage (5-2)

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Despite Friday’s loss to St. Thomas Aquinas, the Patriots have the potential to compete with any team, having shown that on several occasions – vs. Chaminade-Madonna, Cardinal Gibbons.

Athlete Vinson Davis provides a spark they need on any given position, while Miami commit James Williams provides at linebacker and safety. This team’s state title run is just getting started.

Week 10: vs. Palm Bay (Melbourne, Fla.), per MaxPreps.

No. 5: Chaminade-Madonna (4-1)

Last week: N/A

Having a bye-week to prep for their playoff match-up, the Lions seem to be as connected as ever, starting with quarterback Jaylon Tolbert. With his confidence seemingly roaring in their last two outings, it provides great depth for a Chaminade-Madonna offense that’s led by running back Thaddius Franklin.

As for the defense, they’ve remained one of the perennial threats in South Florida, starting with senior tackle Allan Haye and junior cornerback Brian Dilworth.

Week 10: vs. Somerset Academy Silver Palms (Miami, Fla.), per MaxPreps.

No. 6: Cardinal Gibbons (3-1)

Last week: N/A.

The Chiefs simply couldn’t repeat the same characteristics they used to knock down St. Thomas Aquinas against American Heritage. Still, they’re worthy of giving any team a fight, and quite possibly an upset.

Week 10: vs. Clewiston (Fla.), per MaxPreps.

No. 7: Miami Palmetto (1-1)

Last week: N/A.

The Panthers’ defense, led by defensive tackle Leonard Taylor and cornerback Jason Marshall, came to play versus Miami Northwestern, giving up just one touchdown. However, the offensive production lacked, and it didn’t help their case.

They’ll need to get things bouncing back before as they prepare for a difficult road ahead.

Week 10: vs. Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.), per MaxPreps.

No. 8: Christopher Columbus (3-0)

Last week: N/A.

The Explorers’ blowout victory over Miami Senior High School was yet again another example as to why this team is a legitimate threat. Headlined by an offensive line consisting of senior Ryan Rodriguez and junior Julian Armella, Columbus simply needs a convincing victory against a top tier squad before skyrocketing into the rankings.

Week 10: vs. North Miami Beach, per MaxPreps.

No. 9: Tru Prep Academy (5-1)

Last week: N/A.

With an impressive win over Hialeah Champagnat Catholic and their only loss to St. Thomas Aquinas, this Saints team deserves serious recognition for the potential they possess. Still, similar to that of Columbus, they’ve yet to garner an admiring victory that’ll bump their ranking significantly.

Week 10: N/A.

No. 10: Gulliver Prep (4-0)

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Although it was shortened this time around, the Raiders’ road to a second consecutive regular season came about. Now, they prep for the road to redemption, headlined by a powerful defense, along with a legitimate offense, staring quarterback Carson Haggard and receiver Jalen Brown.

Week 10: vs. Monsignor Pace (Miami, Fla.), per MaxPreps.

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