A historic 2013 football season for Miami-Dade County included a record four state champions.
Westminster Christian, a state semifinalist in Class 3A, finished a couple of wins short of joining the festivities.
But with a combined 16 starters returning, the Warriors could be in striking distance of their first state title once again.
Westminster enters the season ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 3A behind defending state champion Jacksonville Trinity Christian and runner-up Clearwater Central Catholic — the team that ousted the Warriors in a 7-0 defensive struggle last season.
The Warriors enter the season with that lofty status thanks to a talented core of seniors who hope to end the school’s state title drought.
Senior Tim Irvin, nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, totaled over 1,850 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns last season and returns along with senior running back Jordan Cronkrite to power Westminster’s potent offense.
Residing in a tiny, two-team District 8-3A with rebuilding Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, the Warriors are guaranteed a playoff berth. So Westminster will once again play a tough non-district schedule that includes games against Gulliver, Boynton Beach and Champagnat Catholic to prepare it for a potentially tough playoff road that could include games against Delray American Heritage, West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman or Pahokee.Team to beat Player to watch Pivotal player
Dillard at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7
Miami Beach vs. North Miami Beach (N. Miami), 7
Fort Myers Bishop Verot at North Broward Prep, 7
Hillel at Doral, 7
Pine Crest at Florida Christian, 7
Hallandale at Miramar, 7
Carol City at Boyd Anderson, 7:30
Hollywood Hills at Western, 7
Champagnat Catholic at Coral Gables, 4
Ferguson vs. Homestead (Harris), 7:30
Mater Academy at Southridge, 7:30
Miami High vs. Edison (Curtis), 7:30
Blanche Ely at Coconut Creek, 7
Belen at Cardinal Gibbons, 7
West Broward vs. Goleman (Milander), 7:30
Palm Beach Central vs. Northwestern (Traz), 7:30
Sunset vs. Mourning (N. Miami), 7:30
Somerset at Pines Charter, 7
Gulliver at Duval Charter, 7
Westminster Christian at Westminster Academy, 7
Reagan at Braddock, 4
Krop at Hialeah-Miami Lakes, 7
American Heritage-Delray at Coral Springs Charter, 7
Cooper City at South Broward, 7
Treasure Coast vs. Taravella (Piper), 7
West Boca Raton at Douglas, 7
Coral Glades at Pompano Beach, 7
Inlet Grove at Dade Christian, 7
Evangel Christian at Calvary Christian, 7
Somerset Charter at Palmer Trinity, 4
Zion Lutheran at Highlands Christian, 7
Saturday, Aug. 23
Central at Hoover (AL), noon
Booker T. Washington at Oscar Smith (Va.), 9
Sunday, Aug. 24
Palm Beach Dwyer at American Heritage, 3