Miramar was three wins from an undefeated state championship season. An upset loss to Palm Beach Gardens thwarted those hopes and gave Homestead South Dade the chance to complete a Cinderella run to the Class 8A state title.
The Patriots are hoping to finish the job this season.
And at Flanagan, the Falcons believe it’s their turn to have a breakthrough state championship run with an offense that returns 10 starters and a defense that has developed some toughness under coach Devin Bush.
We all know St. Thomas Aquinas is in great shape to possibly win another national championship.
But the race to Orlando in Class 8A should be one of the most unpredictable and exciting in recent memory.
Aquinas is deep at nearly every position, with tremendous skill-position talent, and is monstrous up front on both sides of the ball.
The Raiders’ chances of winning their third national title will be put to the test immediately when they face American Heritage at Sun Life Stadium, travel to West Point to face Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey) and come home to play Miramar during the first three weeks.
A state title looks likely for Aquinas if its blend of familiar and new talent gels and carries it through the Class 7A road to Orlando.
The Patriots are arguably the best team in Class 8A on paper with stars such as Tyrek Cole, Kendrell McFadden and Jovon Durante leading the way. Miramar will take on a tough schedule that includes American Heritage, St. Thomas Aquinas and American Heritage-Delray in the hopes of making it through a tough region that includes Flanagan, Monarch, Coral Gables and claim the school’s second state title.