Miami-Dade High Schools

October 22, 2013

Andre Fernandez’s poll of the top 20 high school football teams

1. Booker T. Washington (8-0) vs. Norland (2-5), 7, Thurs., Traz.

1. Booker T. Washington (8-0) vs. Norland (2-5), 7, Thurs., Traz.

Andre’s pick: Booker T. 42, Norland 6. Injuries or not, Tornadoes have way too much to slip up in this one.

2. Central (6-1) vs. 11. Carol City (5-2), 7:30, Fri., Traz.

Andre’s pick: Central 35, Carol City 17. The Rockets have enough firepower to dominate this one and lock up the district championship.

3. University (7-0) at Bradenton Manatee (8-0), 7:30, Friday.

Andre’s pick: University 41, Manatee 38. Suns wins a high-scoring matchup between nationally ranked teams.

4. Miramar (8-0) at Cypress Bay (4-3), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Miramar 34, Cypress Bay 7. The gap is much wider than usual between these two teams this season.

5. St. Thomas Aquinas (6-1) vs. Hollywood Hills (3-4), 7, Fri.

Andre’s pick: St. Thomas Aquinas 54, Hollywood Hills 7. Another rout for Aquinas before taking on two of county’s best to end the regular season.

6. Deerfield Beach (7-0) at Coral Glades (0-7), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Deerfield Beach 49, Coral Glades 3. Bucks can clinch district title with win and South Plantation loss.

7 . American Heritage (7-1): Bye.

8. South Dade (7-0) vs. Killian (3-4), 7, Sat., Tropical.

Andre’s pick: South Dade 20, Killian 14. Cougars are back on track, but beating the Bucs is a different matter.

9. Cardinal Gibbons (7-0) vs. Blanche Ely (2-5), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Gibbons 37, Ely 14. Fresh off a playoff-clinching win, Gibbons remains unbeaten with another lopsided win.

10. Plantation (6-1) at Northeast (2-5), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Plantation 34, Northeast 13. A tune-up for the Colonels before taking on Aquinas.

12. Flanagan (7-1) vs. West Broward (1-5), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Flanagan 52, West Broward 7. Falcons bounce back with an easy victory.

13. Southwest (7-0) vs. Ferguson (4-3), 7:30, Fri., Tropical.

Andre’s pick: Southwest 45, Ferguson 14. Eagles move closer to clinching the District 15-8A title.

14. Coral Gables (6-1) vs. Coral Park (0-7), 4, Thursday.

Andre’s pick: Coral Gables 48, Coral Park 6. Cavaliers should cruise to the victory and possibly clinch the district title if Miami Beach loses.

15. Dillard (5-2) vs. Riviera Beach Suncoast (1-6), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Dillard 45, Suncoast 7. Panthers win sixth in a row and clinch District 15-6A championship.

16. Monarch (7-1) vs. South Plantation (5-2), 7, Fri., Deerfield Beach.

Andre’s pick: Monarch 27, South Plantation 17. Knights secure their first trip to the playoffs.

17. North Miami (6-1) vs. Reagan (3-4), 7, Sat., N. Miami.

Andre’s pick: North Miami 34, Reagan 7. Storybook season continues for the Pioneers as they clinch the District 13-8A title.

18. Champagnat Catholic (8-0): Bye.

19. Westminster Christian (7-1) vs. Key West (0-7), 1, Saturday.

Andre’s pick: Westminster Christian 55, Key West 7. Warriors continue their march to the playoffs.

20. Hallandale (7-1) vs. Stranahan (3-4), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Hallandale 47, Stranahan 17. Chargers must win out to make it to the playoffs.

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