Broward high school football games of the week

08/28/2014 2:00 PM

08/27/2014 11:42 PM

All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

WEEK 1 | AUG. 29

GAME OF THE YEAR

American Heritage vs. St. Thomas Aquinas,

7:30 p.m., Sun Life Stadium.

Comment: The two national powerhouses and top programs in Broward County meet for the first time. Heritage is coming off its first state championship and looking for more while Aquinas is trying to return to state championship status and aiming to win its third national title.

Others to watch: Aug. 29, Dillard vs. Plantation (PAL); Miramar at Delray American Heritage; Pine Crest at Westminster Academy.

WEEK 2 | SEPT. 6

American Heritage at Miramar, 6 p.m.

Comment: A week after its showdown with Aquinas, Heritage faces another state powerhouse. Miramar is eager to put behind it last season’s disappointing finish. What better way to start than by upending nationally-ranked Heritage at home.

Others to watch: Sept. 5, Everglades at Cardinal Gibbons; Dillard at Deerfield Beach; Plantation vs. Taravella (Coral Springs).

WEEK 3 | SEPT. 13

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Don Bosco

Prep (NJ), 4 p.m., West Point, NY.

Comment: Aquinas is 8-1 since 2008 against out-of-state opponents. The lone defeat came at home against Don Bosco Prep in 2012. If the Raiders are to win another national title, they’ll have to get some payback in this one.

Others to watch: Sept. 12, Blanche Ely at Deerfield Beach; Miramar vs. Plantation (PAL).

WEEK 4 | SEPT. 20

St. Thomas Aquinas at Miramar

Comment: Miramar has won three in a row in this series in dramatic fashion. Can Aquinas turn the tables? Or will the Patriots deal a serious blow to the Raiders’ national title hopes?

Others to watch: Sept. 19, Flanagan at Cypress Bay; Coconut Creek at Dillard; Blanche Ely at Belle Glade Glades Central.

WEEK 5 | SEPT. 26

American Heritage at Daytona Beach Mainland

Comment: The brutal slate continues for Heritage as it takes on Class 6A state title contender Mainland on the road. Last season, the Patriots escaped this game with a 6-0 victory.

Others to watch: Sept. 26, Coconut Creek at Hallandale; Everglades at Cypress Bay; Sept. 27, Blanche Ely vs. Northwestern (Traz).

WEEK 6 | OCT. 3

Westminster Academy at Miami La Salle

Comment: A crucial game in the Southeastern Football Conference playoff race between two of the best independent small school programs in south Florida.

Others to watch: Oct. 2, Miami Jackson at American Heritage, 7:30; Flanagan vs. Everglades; Oct. 3, Westminster Christian at Chaminade-Madonna, 4.

WEEK 7 | OCT. 10

Dillard at Boynton Beach

Comment: A crucial and possibly must-win game for Dillard if it is to repeat as District 15-6A champions. The Panthers will be tested by Boynton Beach’s quarterback Lamar Jackson leading a potent offense.

Others to watch: Oct. 10, Coconut Creek at Cardinal Gibbons; Plantation at Blanche Ely; American Heritage at Jacksonville Bolles.

WEEK 8 | OCT. 17

Miramar at Flanagan

Monarch at Deerfield Beach

Comment: Flanagan has not been able to beat Miramar, and needs to in order to prove it can be a state title contender. Monarch is also trying to make its mark and this is an opportunity against established powerhouse Deerfield Beach.

Others to watch: Oct. 17, American Heritage at Apopka; Miami Jackson at Cardinal Gibbons; Taravella at Coral Springs; Cooper City at Western; Oct. 18, Hallandale at Dillard.

WEEK 9 | OCT. 24

American Heritage at

American Heritage Delray

Comment: The sister schools meet in a matchup of two top-notch programs which should serve as a playoff tuneup.

Others to watch: Oct. 24, Boynton Beach at Coconut Creek; Cypress Bay at Miramar; Cardinal Gibbons at Blanche Ely; Monarch at South Plantation.

WEEK 10 | OCT. 31

Boynton Beach at Hallandale

Comment: Hallandale enters the season as a favorite to win District 15-6A. If the Chargers have taken care of business up to this point, this is the potential clincher.

Others to watch: Oct. 31, Plantation at St. Thomas Aquinas; Cardinal Gibbons at American Heritage, 7:30; Nov. 1, Dillard vs. Monarch (Deerfield Beach).

WEEK 11 | NOV. 8

Blanche Ely at Dillard

Comment: The Soul Bowl may feature at least one playoff team this year, but either way it’s always a heated rivalry game.

Others to watch: Nov. 7, Deerfield Beach at St. Thomas Aquinas; Coconut Creek vs. Monarch (Deerfield Beach); Plantation at South Plantation; Lakeland Kathleen at American Heritage, 7:30.

KEY DATES

Nov. 3 District tiebreakers (if necessary)

Nov. 13-14 Regional quarterfinals (Classes 8A-5A); semifinals (4A-1A)

Nov. 21 Regional semifinals (Classes 8A-5A); finals (4A-1A)

Nov. 28 Regional finals (Classes 8A-5A); State semifinals (4A-1A)

Dec. 5-6 State finals at Citrus Bowl in Orlando (4A-1A); state semifinals (Classes 8A-5A)

Dec. 12-13 State finals at Citrus Bowl in Orlando (8A-5A)

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