VS. 1. UNIVERSITY (4-0)
7 p.m., Thursday, Nova.
After a rainout against Treasure Coast and a bye week, University might be having flashbacks of last season when forfeits shortened its year.
I wouldn’t expect the Suns to be too rusty in this game. And they know they can’t underestimate their biggest District 8-3A rival.
Lions quarterback Sean White is one of the most improved leaders in the county, completing 47 of 67 passes for 784 yards and 10 touchdowns to only four interceptions this season. And White has had plenty of help from his line and skill players such as Cavin Ridley, Reggie Turner and Alex Thomas.
But Chaminade needs to force turnovers to have any chance in this game, which should decide the district title.
And that won’t be easy against a squad that has only turned it over four times in four games and is averaging 48.75 points per game.
University beat Chaminade 45-16 last year. It shouldn’t have trouble this time either.
Andre’s pick: University 42, Chaminade 20.
AT HALLANDALE (2-2)
7 p.m., Friday.
American Heritage recovered nicely from its heartbreaking loss to Jacksonville Bolles with back-to-back blowout wins against Orlando Lake Highland Prep and Sebring the past couple of weeks.
Hallandale didn’t fare as well after its first loss to South Plantation. The Chargers turned around and got shut out by Dillard 20-0.
That has put coach Dameon Jones’ squad in desperation mode this week already 0-1 in District 15-5A.
The Chargers weren’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard when they were winning. The victories against Northeast and Plantation came thanks to good defensive play.
American Heritage’s two offensive stars — running back Sony Michel and quarterback Tyler Cogswell — lead a high-powered attack that is averaging 44.5 points per game. Led by linebacker Michael Deeb, who is leading the county among Class 5A-2A schools in tackles, the Patriots also shut down teams.
This will be Heritage’s first Broward County opponent this season, and it’s a good one. But with so much firepower in its favor, it’s hard to see the Patriots getting stymied in this one.
Andre’s pick: American Heritage 24, Hallandale 12.
3. ST. THOMAS
AT MIRAMAR (2-3)
7 p.m., Friday.
There’s a lot of name value on this game. But it lost some of its luster after Miramar dropped its third game of the season last week against Cypress Bay.
It has been a frustrating season so far for the Patriots, who played well against Bradenton Manatee for a half before the wheels came off. Miramar found no offense in a loss against Northeast despite its defense posting a shutout.
And last week, a premature celebration on a punt return kept Miramar from scoring a go-ahead touchdown.
St. Thomas bounced back from its loss to Don Bosco Prep with a 65-point output against McArthur.
Miramar has to play a much better game offensively and control the clock if it hopes to pull one off in this game. It’s at home again, which will help. But Aquinas’ size and depth and the play of its quarterback, John O’Korn, has been the key to big wins all year and should be again.
Andre’s pick: Aquinas 31, Miramar 14.