South Florida football seems to now be in full effect, with Miami-Dade schools commencing their seasons as of Thursday.
Even after an eventful Week 6, there’s much more in store Friday, including a contest between one of the best rivalries in the nation. Along with that, the reigning GEICO champions take on another gifted program in an exciting matchup.
That being said, here are the top games in the Miami-Dade and Broward County area:
Miami Central (0-0) at Miami Northwestern (0-0)
A beloved competition between two state championship squads, 305 Sports’ Week 7 Game of the Week features Power 5 talent all over the board. It’ll be vital for Northwestern to utilize its receiving core of Romello Brinson and Khalil Brantley, similar to how Central will lean on its offensive triad of Amari Daniels, Yulkeith Brown and Chamon Metayer.
Expect a low scoring affair with plenty of big-time plays from MNW’s Kamren Kinchens and Central’s Terrence Lewis. Northwestern looks to extend its winning streak against them to three games, while Central looks to start the 2020 season with a victory like no other.
There’s some serious competition at Traz-Powell Stadium Friday night.
Cardinal Gibbons(2-0) at St. Thomas Aquinas (1-0)
The Chiefs looked dynamic in last week’s 35-3 win over Doral Academy, in which senior quarterback Brody Palhegyi threw 11 of 20 for 146 yards and four touchdowns. As for the Raiders, the Dallas Turner led defense was sharp in their season-opener, taking down TRU Prep Academy 25-13.
Opening as the favorites, Aquinas will look to receive the same contributions from junior signal-caller Zion Turner, who notched four touchdowns and 203 yards last week. As for Cardinal Gibbons, keep an eye out for senior wide receiver Troy Stellato. A Clemson commit, Stellato has the potential to use his speed for extended yardage, worthy of pulling an upset on the road.
Columbus (0-0) at Killian (0-0)
Coming off a Class 8A state championship run, Columbus will face-off against a competitive Killian team, headlined by Miami commit Tyler Johnsons. The Explorers, who themselves have two UM commits – Jabari Ishmael, Ryan Rodriguez – are tasked with picking up where they left off, even without running back Henry Parrish, who’s now at Ole Miss.
Friday’s 7:00 p.m. contest is bound to be an exciting one.
American Heritage (3-1) at Venice (6-1)
Despite last week’s 3-0 loss to Trinity Christian Academy, American Heritage remains a team to look out for. The Patriots outgained Trinity 223-53 but fell into trouble with 144 penalty yards. The problem doesn’t seem to be on the defense and instead on the offensive side.
Suiting up against Venice, who’s on a six-game winning streak after their season-opening loss to IMG Academy, it’ll be key to make big plays defensively, starting with senior James Williams and translating to junior Earl Little Jr. If Venice finds a way to get on the board rapidly, the likelihood that Heritage can translate those points is slim.
Chaminade-Madonna (3-1) at Benjamin (1-2)
The Lions’ offense seems to be getting a grasp for themselves, as senior quarterback Jaylon Tolbert enters Week 7 after completing 15 of his 22 throws for 153 yards and four total touchdowns, leading the way for a 44-34 win over Clearwater Academy International. Along with that, running back and Miami commit Thaddius Franklin continues striving, being the X-factor he is. Benjamin certainly has some impressive young talent, but there’s no reason why Chaminade won’t capture a victory.
Calvary Christian (3-0) at Gulliver Prep (3-0)
Although the talent they’ve played hasn’t been exceptional, Gulliver Prep has been impressive to start the season. Coming off a 40-28 victory over Benjamin, the Raiders take on an undefeated Calvary Christian team.
Quarterback Gabe Contento has looked good thus far, including a two-touchdown performance against Clewiston last week. Raiders signal-caller Carson Haggard has found a groove since the start of the season, along with his key pieces Sedrick Irvin and Jalen Brown.
Champagnat Catholic (4-2) at Doral Academy (1-2)
The reigning Class 2A state champions have given every team they’ve gone against a competitive battle. Champagnat now takes on Doral Academy, who following a blowout loss to Cardinal Gibbons last week, won’t likely be too difficult to outmatch. Still, if the Firebirds can find a way to limit the Lions’ Malik Rutherford led offense, we could be in for a great match.
Preseason: Palmetto vs. Booker T. Washington
Talent is all over the place in this one, starting with Palmeto’s Leonard Taylor and Jason Marshall, followed by the Tornadoes’ Torey Morrison and Rance Conner. Although it won’t count against either of their records, it should be an entertaining one to watch.