Westminster Christian football team has lofty title goals in 2014

08/21/2014 12:00 AM

08/21/2014 12:12 AM

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 : Westminster Christian. The Warriors return a core group from last year’s state semifinalist squad that has the potential to make a deeper push this season. The region is still very tough and both Clearwater Central Catholic and Jacksonville Trinity Christian present major obstacles on the road to a state title.
•  Player to watch : Tim Irvin, Westminster Christian. Irvin has had a spectacular career at Westminster. His final season should be a great one as he is one of those players who is college ready right now.
•  Pivotal player : Rashad Broadway, Westminster Christian. Broadway needs to anchor a defense that will be tested the further the Warriors get in the postseason.
•  Biggest game: Oct. 3, Westminster Christian at Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, 4 p.m. It’s the district championship game.
•  Predicted order of finish : 1. Westminster Christian; 2. Chaminade.

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE

PRESEASON FOOTBALL

Jamboree at Cypress Bay: Stranahan, Piper, 7

Jamboree at Deerfield Beach: Monarch, Columbus, Plantation, 5

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

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

PRESEASON FOOTBALL

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

FOOTBALL

Central at Hoover (AL), noon

Booker T. Washington at Oscar Smith (Va.), 9

Sunday, Aug. 24

PRESEASON FOOTBALL

Palm Beach Dwyer at American Heritage, 3

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