High school football

Week 1 matchups for the top 20 high school football teams



1. Central (0-0) at 8. American Heritage (0-0), 7:30, Friday. Andre C. Fernandez’s pick: Central 35, American Heritage 24. Speed and more speed on display, but the Rockets have a little more in the tank.

2. Booker T. Washington (1-0):

Bye week.

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (0-0) vs. 5. Northwestern (0-0), 7, Sat., Sun Life Stadium.

Andre’s pick: St. Thomas Aquinas 21, Northwestern 7. Aquinas will benefit if Northwestern’s offensive struggles continue.

4. University School (0-0) vs. Taravella (0-0), 7, Fri., Coral Springs.

Andre’s pick: University School 35, Taravella 10. University’s firepower should overwhelm the Trojans.

6. Jackson (0-0) vs. NMB (0-0), 7, Thur., Traz.

Andre’s pick: Jackson 20, NMB 12. Good early season matchup between potential district champions.

7. Miramar (0-0) at South Plantation (0-0), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Miramar 34, South Plantation 6. The Patriots should be able to show off their offense a little.

9. Deerfield Beach (0-0) vs. Northeast (0-0), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Deerfield Beach 36, Northeast 14. Bucks are one of the most improved teams in Broward.

10. Norland (0-0) at Stephenson, Ga. (0-0), 8, Sat.

Andre’s pick: Stephenson 24, Norland 16. Tough task starting on the road against another state’s defending champion.

11. Boyd Anderson (0-0) vs. Homestead (0-0), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Boyd Anderson 21, Homestead 20. Broncos put a scare into one of Broward’s best.

12. Cypress Bay (0-0):

Bye week.

13. South Dade (0-0) vs. 14. Columbus (0-0), 7:30, Fri., Harris.

Andre’s pick: South Dade 24, Columbus 17. Bucs hoping to make an early statement against a potential playoff foe.

15. Plantation (0-0) at 16. Dillard (0-0), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Dillard 17, Plantation 14. The much-improved Panthers score a big opening-week victory.

17. Blanche Ely (0-0) at MLK, Ga. (0-0), 5:15, Saturday.

Andre’s pick: MLK 31, Ely 28. Tough road test to overcome for Tigers as they try to return to the playoffs.

18. Carol City (0-0) vs. Killian (0-0), 7:30, Fri., Traz.

Andre’s pick: Carol City 20, Killian 7. Chiefs got a solid preseason win against Boyd Anderson and keep things going when it counts.

19. Cardinal Gibbons (0-0) vs. Western (0-0), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Gibbons 38, Western 14. Gibbons strikes early and often behind potent offense.

20. Coral Reef (0-0) vs. Varela (0-0), 4, Thur., Southridge.

Andre’s pick: Coral Reef 27, Varela 13. Barracudas have plenty of experience on the field and on the sidelines.

Other games

Thursday Andre’s pick
Douglas vs. West Broward (Flanagan), 7Douglas 17-14
Piper vs. Hollywood Hills (McArthur), 7Hills 38-6
Friday Andre’s pick
Everglades at South Broward, 7Everglades 28-12
Stranahan at Flanagan, 7Flanagan 35-27
Fort Lauderdale at Pine Crest, 7PC 30-24
Hallandale at McArthur, 7Hallandale 20-7
Monarch at Coconut Creek, 7Monarch 35-6
Coral Springs at Cooper City, 7Cooper City 14-13
Nova at Coral Glades, 7Nova 27-6
Archbishop McCarthy at Gulliver, 4McCarthy 27-26
Calvary Christian at Westminster Academy, 7WA 34-17
Coral Springs Charter at Key West, 7KW 17-10
Coral Springs Christian at Naples First Baptist, 7First Baptist 40-17
Dade Christian at North Broward Prep, 7Dade Chr. 35-14
Pines Charter at Naples Gulf Coast, 7Gulf Coast 34-14
Pompano Beach at Ransom Everglades, 7:30Ransom 17-16
Somerset Academy vs. Mater Academy (Pace), 7:30Mater 41-13
Berean Christian vs. Zion Lutheran (Deerfield Middle), 7Zion 14-7

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