2013 High School Football Preview

Broward high school football games of the week


All games at 7 p.m. unless noted

WEEK 1 — AUG. 31

Miami Northwestern vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 7:40 p.m.,

Sun Life Stadium

Comment: The matchup many have wanted to watch for years will finally be played. But will Northwestern be able to handle Aquinas, the defending Class 7A state champions, which will start the season ranked in the top 10 nationally?

Others to watch: Aug. 30: Miami Central at American Heritage; Homestead at Boyd Anderson; Plantation at Dillard.

WEEK 2 — SEPT. 6

Boyd Anderson at Cypress Bay

Comment: An early matchup between Cypress Bay, state runner-up in Class 8A last year, and Boyd Anderson, a regional finalist in Class 7A, should make for one of the better early-season games in Broward.

Others to watch: Sept. 6: Delray Heritage at American Heritage, 7:30; Sept. 7: Miami Norland vs. University School (Nova); Deerfield Beach at Blanche Ely.

WEEK 3 — SEPT. 13

St. Thomas Aquinas at John Curtis (La.), 8 p.m.,

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Comment: Nationally ranked St. Thomas is no stranger to playing the country’s best on the road. This could be the Raiders’ greatest challenge yet as they take on consensus defending national champion John Curtis Christian in New Orleans.

Others to watch: Sept. 12: University School at Cypress Bay; Plantation at Miramar; Columbus at American Heritage; Chaminade at Gulliver, 4.


Miramar at St. Thomas Aquinas

Comment: No team has been able to beat St. Thomas as consistently in recent years as Miramar has. The rivalry between these two has produced thrilling finishes each of the past two seasons ending with Patriots’ victories. Both teams have a chance to reach state this season which should make this another thriller.

Others to watch: Sept. 20: American Heritage at Chaminade, 4; Cardinal Gibbons at Boyd Anderson; Taravella at South Plantation.

WEEK 5 — SEPT. 27

Boyd Anderson at University School

Comment: University School will vie for back-to-back state titles. Boyd Anderson is hoping to break into the upper echelon in Class 7A. This is a good early-season test for both as they move into their respective district schedules.

Others to watch: Sept. 27: Daytona Beach Mainland at American Heritage, 7:30; Miami Northwestern at Blanche Ely; Flanagan at McArthur.

WEEK 6 — OCT. 4

Miami Jackson vs. American Heritage, Curtis Park

Comment: Jackson has spoiled two promising seasons for American Heritage, knocking the Patriots out of the playoffs in the first round each of the past two years. This meeting could decide the District 16-5A title and set up a playoff rematch.

Others to watch: Oct. 4: Chaminade at Westminster Christian, 4; Taravella at Deerfield Beach; Northeast at Boyd Anderson.

WEEK 7 — OCT. 11

Blanche Ely vs. Plantation, PAL Field

Comment: An intriguing matchup between two potential playoff teams. Blanche Ely missed the postseason in 2012, but should be in the thick of the race in District 14-7A. Plantation challenged St. Thomas Aquinas during the regular season last year and could again in District 15-7A.

Others to watch: Oct. 11: Jacksonville Bolles at American Heritage, 7:30; Monarch vs. Taravella (Coral Springs); Miramar at Everglades.

WEEK 8 — OCT. 18

Cypress Bay at St. Thomas Aquinas

Dillard at Hallandale

Comment: Aquinas has dominated the series against Cypress Bay, but it still presents an interesting matchup between two of Broward’s best-coached teams. Dillard takes on a Hallandale team that is always athletic in a game that could start to decide the District 15-6A title race.

Others to watch: Oct. 18: Blanche Ely at Boyd Anderson; Dillard at Hallandale; University School at Belle Glade Glades Central; Western at Cooper City; Taravella at Coral Springs; Oct. 19: Cardinal Gibbons vs. Jackson (Traz).

WEEK 9 — OCT. 25

Miramar vs. Cypress Bay

University School at Bradenton Manatee

Comment: Miramar and Cypress Bay meet in a game that many expect should once again decide the District 12-8A title. In recent years, it’s been the first of two meetings in what has become an entertaining rivalry game. University School will try to become one of the few teams to beat powerhouse Manatee in Bradenton.

Others to watch: Oct. 24: Everglades at Cooper City; Oct. 25: Blanche Ely at Cardinal Gibbons.

WEEK 10 — NOV. 2

St. Thomas vs. Plantation, PAL Field

Comment: St. Thomas survived a tough contest last regular season against Plantation to secure the District 15-7A championship and later routed the Colonels in the playoffs. Plantation wants payback and this game could decide the district once again.

Others to watch: Nov. 1: American Heritage at Cardinal Gibbons; Deerfield Beach at South Plantation.

WEEK 11 — NOV. 9

Central vs. University School, Traz Powell, 7 p.m.

Dillard vs. Blanche Ely

Comment: Central and University meet for the first time in a battle of defending state champions that could be gearing up for repeats at this point in the season. Dillard and Blanche Ely hope this year’s Broward Soul Bowl is a playoff tune-up for each.

Others to watch: Nov. 8: St. Thomas Aquinas at Deerfield Beach; South Plantation vs. Plantation (PAL); Boyd Anderson vs. Taravella (Coral Springs).

Key dates

Nov. 4District tiebreakers (if necessary).

Nov. 15Regional quarterfinals (Classes 8A-5A); semifinals (4A-1A).

Nov. 22Regional semifinals (Classes 8A-5A); finals (4A-1A).

Nov. 29Regional finals (Classes 8A-5A); State semifinals (4A-1A).

Dec. 6-7State finals at Citrus Bowl in Orlando (Classes 4A-1A);

State semifinals (8A-5A).

Dec. 13-14State finals at Citrus Bowl in Orlando (Classes 8A-5A).

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