American Heritage, St. Thomas Aquinas to kick off 2014 football season

03/07/2014 12:01 AM

03/07/2014 12:59 AM

Two of the nation’s best and most tradition-rich programs in Broward County will clash this August to kick off the 2014 football season.

Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, a seven-time state champion and two-time national champion, will take on defending Class 5A state champion Plantation American Heritage in each team’s regular-season opener at Sun Life Stadium.

According to St. Thomas athletic director George Smith, the game is tentatively scheduled for August 29 at a time to be announced later.

“It depends on scheduling with the Dolphins, but it should be that Friday,” Smith said.

American Heritage won its first state football championship this past season going 13-1 and winning its final 13 games. The Patriots return several starters from last year’s team and are expected to be among the nation’s best next season.

Aquinas reached the regional finals last season a year after winning its seventh state championship and is also expected to be tabbed among the top teams in the country and a favorite to win the Class 7A state championship.

“We’re very excited to play in a game like this against a quality team like [American Heritage],” St. Thomas coach Rocco Casullo said. “It’s a great game for Broward County coming off a season where you saw teams like Heritage win state and others like Deerfield Beach do well.”

The game adds to an already jam-packed weekend involving South Florida’s top high school football teams.

On August 30, Miami Norland, Miami Central and defending national champion Miami Booker T. Washington will play a tripleheader against three of Georgia’s top teams.

The event will be played at Hallford Stadium (15,000-seat capacity) in Clarkston, roughly 18 miles from Atlanta.

Norland, which is trying to turn around from a 3-7 season, will open the event against MLK High.

Central, the back-to-back defending Class 6A state champions, will take on Stephenson in the middle game.

Booker T., which will enter next season on a 26-game winning streak, will cap the event playing Tucker, a Class 5A state runner-up in Georgia last year.

At least part of the event is expected to be televised nationally by the ESPN networks.

Booker T. began its national championship run with a 55-0 victory over Norcross (Ga.) last season on ESPN.

Georgia teams have not been kind in recent years to Central, which lost to Camden County in 2010 and Grayson in 2012, but won on the road last season against Don Bosco Prep (N.J.).

Norland lost to Stephenson in its opener last season at Hallford Stadium. The Vikings’ opponent this season, MLK, defeated Pompano Beach Blanche Ely the same day.

Central and Booker T. are each also working on booking a second road game early next season.


•  Team Scores: Cardinal Gibbons 104, Monarch 42, Piper 35, Pembroke Pines Charter 12: 100: Euells, Piper, 10.3. 200: Ridley, Monarch, 21.8. 400: Euells, Piper, 51.77. 800: Roberts, CG, 2:05. 1600: Lasher, CG, 4:44. 3200: Lasher, CG, 11:12. 110H: None. 300H: None. 4x1: Cardinal Gibbons, 43.65. 4x4: Monarch, 3:38. 4x8: Pembroke Pines Charter, 8:48. Shot Put: Elijah Daniels, CG, 47'6". Discus: Calabro, CG, 125'10". Long Jump: Wright, CG, 19'6". Triple Jump: Duvivier, CG, 39'0". High Jump: None. Pole Vault: None.


• Team Scores: Cardinal Gibbons 124, Piper 33, Monarch 18, Pembroke Pines Charter 14: 100: Williams, Piper, 12.06. 200: Wilson, CG, 25.9. 400: Turnley, CG, 1:00. 800: Snell, CG, 2:36. 1600: Vigarino, CG, 5:32. 3200: Opalinski, CG, 13:12. 100H: None. 300H: None. 4x1: Cardinal Gibbons, 52.0. 4x4: Cardinal Gibbons, 4:24. 4x8: Cardinal Gibbons, 10:44. Shot Put: Noel, Piper, 31'2". Discus: Molinari, CG, 86'1". Long Jump: Perry, CG, 16'11". Triple Jump: Perry, CG, 34'6". High Jump: None. Pole Vault: None.


• Late Tuesday—Sagemont 5, Miami Country Day 1: WP: Andres Vazquez. Top Performers: Andres Vazquez 7 IP, CG, R, 4 H, 4 K. Brynn Martinez 3-4, R, 3B, SB. Chris Iacono3-3, RBI, R. David Velez 2-4 2 RBI, SB.

• Late Tuesday—Miami Christian 21, Hollywood Christian 11: WP: Jenallene Lopez 3-3, 12 K's. Top Performers: Chrissy Rosilli B, 2 RBI. Cherie Cordeau B, 2 runs. Linda Russo B, 2 runs. MCS 3-3.


•  Palmetto 5, South Dade 0: WP: Amanda Guglietta (5-1). LP: Christian B. Top performers: Megan Grenwell 1-3, run. Daijaa Williams 1-2, run, RBI. Torrie Rodgers 3-3, RBI. Amanda Guglietta complete-game shutout, 1 hit allowed. PAL 7-3.
•  Palmetto 5, Killian 3: WP: Daijaa Williams (2-1). LP: Kelly Speer. Top performers: Amanda Guglietta 5.1 innings pitched, 1-2, Double, run, 2 RBI. Megan Grennwell 1-2, run. Brittany Phillips 1-3, run. PAL 5-2.
•  Palmetto 9, Varela 3: WP: Daijaa Williams (1-0). LP: G. Mesa. Top performers: Amanda Guglietta 3-4, triple, 3 runs, RBI. Nicole Pepe 3-4, 2 doubles, run, 2 RBI. Erin Love 3-4, 4 SB, 2 runs, 2 RBI. Daijaa Williams 10 K’s. PAL 4-0.


•  Gulliver Prep 6, St. Andrews 0: #1 Chase Perez-Blanco 8-2. #2 Baker Newman 8-0. #3 Andre Libnic 8-3. #4 Laurenti Schinteie 8-0. #5 Ben Roque 8-6. GP 4-0.
•  Miami High 7, Varela 0: #1 Kevin Cubela 8-0. #2 Michael Elguera 8-1. #3 Mauricio Fernandez 8-3. #4 Ramon Valdez 9-7. MH 2-2.
•  LaSalle 6, Pace 0: #1 Sebastian Felder 8-0. #2 Patricio Hernandez-Pons 8-0. #3 Andres Garcia 8-0. #4 Felipe Pineiro 8-1. Doubles: Hernandez-Pons/Felder 8-0. Rusch/Pineiro 8-0.


•  Gulliver Prep 6, St. Andrews 0: #1 Olivia Thaler 8-1. #2 Julieta Dalmau 8-3. #3 Alyssa Pujals 8-4. #4 Lindy Lyons 8-2. Estefania Navarro 8-2. GP 6-0.
•  North Miami Beach 7, Jackson 0: #1 Analis Lawrence 8-0. #2 Pauline Tendoh 8-0. #3 Anamaria Astudillo 8-0. NMB 4-3.
•  Miami High 7, Varela 0: #1 Cynthia Diaz 8-0. #2 Krystle Cintas 8-0. #3 Victoria Tabares 8-1. #4 Vanessa Tabares 8-0. MH 3-1.
•  Mourning 6, Miami Country Day 1: #1 Natalie Herandez 8-6. 2 Jackie Rosales 8-3. 3 Mara Cerrini 8-5. 4 Eva Agasse 8-3. 5 Alex Cabezas 8-3. Doubles: #1 Hernandez and Cerrini 8-2.
•  LaSalle 6, Pace 1: #2 Maya Feyad 8-2. #3 Karla Perez 8-2. #4 Begoña Robredo 8-1. #5 Carolina Taqueshel 8-1. Doubles: Montoto/Feyad 8-3. Mena/Perez 8-8 (7-2).


Columbus 22, LaSalle 1: COL: Alex “Cachi” Gonzalez (4G/1A); Danny Rancano (3G/1A); Alec Carreras (2G); Michael Bulnes (1G/3A); Kevin Mesa (2G/1A); Kyle Glaser (1G/2A); Danny Cicarelli (1G/2A); Victor Romagosa (1G/1A); Nick Quesada (1G/1A); Zach Garcia (1G); Alec Cancio (1G); Brandon Garcia (1G); Tyler Volovar (1G); Cody Brais (1G); Tony Martinez (1G); Jimmy Perry (1A); Sebi Cancio (1A); Nick Quintairos (1A); Anthony Rosabal (1A). Goalies Jeffrey Eskra (1Sv); Jon Nickas (1GA; 1Sv); Christian Sardina (2Sv). LS: Alec Detorney (1G). Goalie Kevin McNamara (7 Sv).


•  Miami High d. Hialeah 25-7, 25-7, 25-14: Manuel M. 12 kills 7 aces. Demmitrius M. 14 kills, 17 assists, 4 aces. Malik B. 7 kills, 6 blocks. MIA 3-0.
•  Westminster Christian d. Coral Reef 25-20, 27-25, 23-25, 25-23: Matt Zelhof 15 kills, 10 digs, 2 blocks. Josh Avery 7 kills, 10 digs, 2 blocks. TJ North 7 kills, 9 digs, 2 blocks. Brian DeAguiar 3 kills, 3 blocks. WC 3-0.

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