11. FLANAGAN (7-0)
AT 4. MIRAMAR (7-0)
7 p.m., Friday.
This is the type of game Flanagan has strived to be a part of for years. This season, the Falcons have succeeded and earned the opportunity to pick up another major victory for their program.
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With junior quarterback Ryan Stanley leading one of the most potent offenses in Broward, the Falcons are within one victory of clinching their first playoff berth.
A win over the No. 19-ranked team in the nation would secure the District 12-8A title for Flanagan.
The Patriots, however, present a tougher challenge than any the Falcons have overcome to date.
Flanagan has come a long way this season.
But Miramar is about to begin a two-week process of clinching the district championship. And then it will set its sights on winning a state championship.
Prediction: Miramar 31, Flanagan 14.
6. DEER. BEACH (6-0)
VS. 15. MONARCH (7-0)
7 p.m., Friday, Coconut Creek.
Monarch has a lot of similarities to Flanagan this week.
Monarch is hoping to make school history by reaching the playoffs this season for the first time.
And this week, the Knights face their greatest obstacle to a potential district title.
Monarch quarterback Michael Harris is having one of the best seasons of any quarterback in Broward this season. If he can find some of his top playmakers early, it can push a highly talented Bucks squad in a game that should decide who wins the District 11-8A title.
Deerfield Beach will have the most talented and most dangerous player on the field, however, with Brandon Powell running the football.
But the Bucks defense probably won’t let it get too out of control and force the key turnovers necessary to keep Deerfield Beach undefeated.
Prediction: Deerfield Beach 32, Monarch 20.
DILLARD (4-2) AT
10. HALLANDALE (7-0)
7 p.m., Friday.
Dillard began the season as a favorite to win the District 15-6A championship.
But Hallandale’s dominant play and a couple of early defeats suddenly turned the Chargers into the front-runners.
Dillard secured a pivotal victory last week that put it back in the race when it beat Boynton Beach.
Hallandale caught everyone’s attention with one of the highest-scoring averages in the state with at least 43 points in every game this season.
The winner moves a step closer to the district title. And the game has the potential to be a shootout, in which case it obviously favors Hallandale.
Prediction: Hallandale 38, Dillard 28.
9. CARDINAL GIBBONS (6-0)
VS. 17. JACKSON (3-3)
7 p.m., Saturday, Traz.
Jackson has lost two games in a row, including one to district front-runner Plantation American Heritage, leaving it on the verge of elimination with a loss.
Gibbons can deliver the knockout blow,
but the Generals bring a tougher defense than any of Gibbons’ previous opponents.
If it can clean up its errors, Jackson should be able to salvage its season.
Prediction: Jackson 30, Cardinal Gibbons 28.