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The Miami Herald’s Top 20 South Florida poll


University hits the road after facing challenge from Chaminade.

1. University School (5-0) at Leesburg (4-2), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: University 45, Leesburg 21. Following a big challenge from Chaminade, the Suns know they can’t let up on the road.

2. Booker T. Washington (4-1) vs. 15. Jackson (5-1), 7:30, Fri., Traz

Andre’s pick: Booker T. 34, Jackson 16. Tornadoes take over with the running game and pull away in the second half.

3. Central (3-2): Bye week.

4. Cypress Bay (4-1) at Bradenton Manatee (5-0), 7:30, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Manatee 35, Cypress Bay 21. Lightning has proven it is a contender in Class 8A, but Manatee is one of nation’s best.

5. Columbus (4-2) vs. 10. Northwestern (4-1), 7, Sat., Traz

Andre’s pick: Columbus 20, Northwestern 14. The Explorers have enough explosive players that if used enough can make the difference.

6. American Heritage (4-1) vs. Champagnat Catholic (1-4), 7:30, Friday.

Andre’s pick: American Heritage 44, Champagnat 12. Pats looking stronger every week.

7. South Plantation (5-0) vs. Hollywood Hills (1-4), 7, Thursday.

Andre’s pick: South Plantation 42, Hollywood Hills 7. More yards for Alex Collins, but expect the Paladins to get some work in for their passing game, too.

8. St. Thomas Aquinas (3-2) at South Broward (0-5), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: St. Thomas 35, South Broward 6. Recovery week for the Raiders.

9. Carol City (5-1) at Naples Barron Collier (4-2), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Carol City 14, Barron Collier 13. Chiefs squeak out a tough road win.

11. Norland (5-1) vs. Southridge (2-4), 7:30, Fri., N. Miami.

Andre’s pick: Norland 16, Southridge 10. Defense pushes the Vikings through again.

12. Northeast (4-1) vs. Everglades (3-3), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Northeast 33, Everglades 13. The Hurricanes are on the rise and should take care of business early.

13. Miramar (3-3) at Boyd Anderson (3-1), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Miramar 21, Boyd Anderson 14. Expect a tough one for the Patriots, but they have momentum right now.

14. Blanche Ely (4-1) at Deerfield Beach (1-3), 7, Saturday.

Andre’s pick: Blanche Ely 34, Deerfield Beach 33. Another hard-fought game between two strong offenses.

16. South Dade (5-1) vs. Miami High (1-4), 7, Thurs., Harris.

Andre’s pick: South Dade 42, Miami High 7. Bucs have solid overall team, and it should carry them to another win.

17. Plantation (5-1): Bye week.

18. Killian (4-1) vs. Sunset (1-5), 7:30, Fri., Tropical.

Andre’s pick: Killian 34, Sunset 6. Expect the Cougars to get back on track before jumping back into district play.

19. Western (5-0) vs. Cooper City (2-3), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Western 20, Cooper City 17. Although Cowboys played well last week against a good passing team, Western quarterback Wade Freebeck is tougher.

20. Homestead (4-2) vs. Palmetto (3-2), 7:30, Fri., Harris.

Andre’s pick: Homestead 27, Palmetto 21. The Broncos will do enough to get past a former district rival.

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