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.
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
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
Join the Discussion
Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.