Week 1 of the 2020 South Florida high school football season is to set to kick off on Friday, as Chaminade-Madonna Prep will take on Champagnat Catholic.
Here’s what you need to know:
When: Friday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Vince Zappone Field (Hollywood, FL).
Record: Chaminade-Madonna 0-0, Champagnat Catholic 0-0.
Coaches: Dameon Jones, Chaminade-Madonna; Hector Clavijo, Champagnat Catholic.
Players to watch:
Chaminade-Madonna: RB Thaddius Franklin (2021), DE Kenyatta Jackson Jr. (2022), DT Allan Haye Jr. (2021), QB Jaylon Tolbert (2021), CB Torrie Cox Jr. (2021), DT Jamaal Johnson (2022), DT Kalunj Matthews (2022), WR British Mitchell Jr. (2023), LB Kheylan Martin-Brown (2022).
Champagnat Catholic: WR Malik Rutherford (2021), CB Justin Payoute (2021), APB Donovan Jones (2021), OLB Deondrick Speight (2021), DT Jabari Dukes (2024), TE Kelvin Blount (2023), QB Tyous Talor (2021), C/G Elias Brandon (2021), WR Keshawn Brown (2021), K Andres Borregales (2021).
Overview: Chaminade-Madonna, the three-time Class 3A state champions, looks to start their season off strong against Champagnat Catholic, the reigning 2A state champions. Both teams were loaded with Division 1 talent last season but a lot has changed.
Aside from the lack of practice, conditioning and weight room time due to COVID-19, Chaminade-Madonna will have to adjust to a brand new offense with a first-year offensive coordinator and a new quarterback under center with Howard University commit Tolbert.
One thing is certain, Chaminade-Madonna will have the best player on the field. Running back Franklin, who’s committed to the University of Miami, rushed for 2,282 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2019. He rushed for 333 rushing yards in the state title game, which broke the all-time Florida state championship game record.
On defense, Haye Jr and Cox are both Division 1 bound seniors that have their eyes set on winning their fourth state title in four years, which would make Chaminade-Madonna the first team in Broward County history to do so. Johnson and Jackson are both highly touted class of 2022 defensive lineman that are primed for a big year.
As for Champagnat, they’ll have to recover from the graduations of their starting quarterback, running back, second and third leading receivers and their top defenders — Jesus Machado and Jalen Harell.
Georgia Tech commit Rutherford looks to lead Champagnat after garnering 42 receptions for 779 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Payoute is also set for a big senior season. Head coach Hector Clavijo’s team is just as hungry to repeat as state champions as Chaminade-Madonna.
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