All games at 7 p.m. unless noted.
WEEK 2 — SEPT. 4-5
Miramar at St. Thomas Aquinas
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DeMatha Catholic (Md.) at American Heritage, 6 p.m.
Comment: St. Thomas Aquinas snapped a three-game losing streak against Miramar last season with a victory that began a 13-game winning streak and a march to the Class 7A state title. With Miramar still among the county’s best, here comes another memorable clash. American Heritage continues to move through its brutal early season schedule with a matchup against Maryland’s nationally ranked DeMatha Catholic.
More must-see games: Sept. 4 — Dillard at Hallandale; Coconut Creek at Flanagan; Blanche Ely vs. Plantation (PAL).
WEEK 3 — SEPT. 11
St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Plantation, PAL Field
Comment: Although Plantation moved up to Class 8A, these former district rivals played some entertaining games in recent years. Aquinas will be favored, but Plantation’s squads are always strong under coach Steve Davis.
More must-see games: Sept. 11 — Northwestern at Plantation American Heritage, 7:30; Chaminade-Madonna at Cardinal Gibbons; Boyd Anderson at Coconut Creek; Dillard at Lakeland Lake Gibson; Sept. 12 — Deerfield Beach at Blanche Ely.
WEEK 4 — SEPT. 18
Coconut Creek at American Heritage, 7:30 p.m.
Comment: Coconut Creek moved in to District 16-5A — the deepest division in the state — and is loaded with talent. American Heritage already proved it is primed for a run at a third consecutive state title.
More must-see games: Sept. 18 — Cardinal Gibbons vs. Jackson (Traz), 7:30; Plantation at Miramar; Douglas at Dillard; Coral Springs at Deerfield Beach; Coral Springs Charter at Westminster Academy.
WEEK 5 — SEPT. 25
St. Thomas Aquinas at Hallandale
Comment: Hallandale moved down to Class 5A and is considered a legitimate state championship contender and, by some, a threat to American Heritage’s reign. How they do against Aquinas might indicate whether the Chargers are ready to make a run.
More must-see games: Sept. 25 — Blanche Ely at Boyd Anderson; Jacksonville Bolles at Deerfield Beach; Plantation at Cypress Bay; Sept. 26 — American Heritage vs. Norland (North Miami Stadium), 7
WEEK 6 — OCT. 2
Flanagan at Miramar
Comment: Flanagan is nationally ranked and seeking its first state title. But to achieve that goal, the Falcons still must get past district rival Miramar in a game that should decide the District 12-8A title.
More must-see games: Oct. 1 — Boyd Anderson at Dillard; Oct. 2 — Hallandale vs. Jackson (Traz), 7:30; Blanche Ely vs. Fort Lauderdale (Dillard); Cooper City at McArthur; Coral Springs at Douglas.
WEEK 7 — OCT. 9
Coconut Creek at Hallandale
Comment: The battle for supremacy in District 16-5A wages on in this game that will have a surplus of talent on both sides.
More must-see games: Oct. 9 — St. Thomas Aquinas at Deerfield Beach; Miramar at Cypress Bay; Western at Cooper City; Chaminade-Madonna at Westminster Christian, 4; University School at Dade Christian.
WEEK 8 — OCT. 16
Hallandale at Miramar
Comment: Miramar plays the sixth-toughest schedule in the nation according to MaxPreps. Here’s another example as the Patriots face a Hallandale squad that should be in the thick of its own district championship race by this point in the season.
More must-see games: Oct. 16 — Deerfield Beach at Douglas; Fort Lauderdale at St. Thomas Aquinas; Boyd Anderson at Boynton Beach; Westminster Academy at Calvary Christian.
WEEK 9 — OCT. 23
Jackson at American Heritage, 7:30 p.m.
Comment: This Broward-vs.-Dade matchup should have heavy district implications this season as both teams enter the most crucial two weeks of their schedules.
More must-see games: Oct. 23 — Plantation at Dillard; Miramar at Everglades; Chaminade-Madonna at University School.
WEEK 10 — OCT. 30
Hallandale at American Heritage, 7:30 p.m.
Comment: Here’s how this story line might go by this point: Hallandale, an 11-1 regional semifinalist last season in Class 6A, takes its best shot at snatching the District 16-5A crown away from two-time state champion American Heritage.
More must-see games: Oct. 30 — Jackson at Coconut Creek; St. Thomas Aquinas at Blanche Ely; Boynton Beach at Dillard; South Plantation vs. Plantation (PAL); Taravella at Coral Springs.
WEEK 11 — NOV. 6
Flanagan at St. Thomas Aquinas
Comment: Two state-title contenders collide a week before the postseason in what looks like a great matchup. The problem with this game is timing. Both sides will undoubtedly be concerned with making sure their key players do not get injured in a game that will have no bearing on the postseason.
More must-see games: Nov. 6 — Coral Springs at Cypress Bay; Deerfield Beach at Cardinal Gibbons; Chaminade-Madonna at Gulliver, 3:30; Nov. 7 — Dillard at Blanche Ely.
Nov. 2: District tiebreakers (if necessary).
Nov. 12-13: Regional quarterfinals (Classes 8A-5A); semifinals (4A-1A).
Nov. 20: Regional semifinals (Classes 8A-5A); finals (4A-1A).
Nov. 27: Regional finals (Classes 8A-5A); State semifinals (4A-1A).
Dec. 4-5: 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).