Week 1 of the South Florida high school football season is in the books. Some takeaways and observations from the week, along with all scores and brief recaps, are below:
The marquee openers lived up to the hype
South Florida wasn’t playing around when it opened the 2018 season.
Broward County played host to five marquee matchups — including three cross-county games and one featuring a nationally ranked team from Maryland.
All five games lived up to the hype and showed once again that South Florida is filled with some of the top teams in the state. A quick refresher from those games:
▪ No. 1 Carol City vs. No. 4 Plantation American Heritage: The Chiefs, expected to be one of the top teams in the state, snapped Heritage’s 28-game win streak with a 34-16 rout on Friday night. Senior running back Nay’Quan Wright rushed for 163 yards on 22 carries in the win — including an 80-yard touchdown on Carol City’s second offensive snap of the game. Full game recap here.
▪ No. 6 Northwestern vs. No. 15 Miramar: The Bulls scored nine points with less than two minutes remaining in the first half and rolled to a 30-12 victory over Miramar Friday night. Full game recap here.
▪ No. 3 Miami Central vs. No. 5 Cardinal Gibbons: Central rallied from an early 14-0 deficit to pull away with a 48-21 win over Gibbons. Full game recap here.
▪ No. 8 Deerfield Beach vs. No. 7 Chaminade-Madonna: Chaminade played its first home game under the lights but had the pomp and circumstance spoiled with a 13-10 loss to Deerfield Beach. Full game recap here.
▪ No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas vs. DeMartha (Md.): Quarterback Curt Casteel and a stingy defense led St. Thomas Aquinas to a 38-0 shutout victory. Full game recap here.
A big upset
Our preseason top-20 held its own, especially with four ranked matchups to open the year.
However, the first upset victim of the season came Saturday night at Traz Powell Stadium, with No. 14 Norland losing 24-21 to Piper, a Class 8A team that was coming off a 1-9 year in 2018. The Bengals (1-0) jumped out to an 18-0 lead and held off a third-quarter comeback attempt.
Piper has another big test next week, facing St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday. Norland, which already has a daunting schedule due to its district matchups against Central, Carol City and Northwestern, now travels to face national powerhouse IMG Academy.
That first win feeling
St. Brendan made a statement in the school’s first-ever football game, shutting out Pinecrest Prep 28-0. Quarterback Khalil Anglin completed 10 of his 17 pass attempts for 157 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns. Tailback Leonard Smith had two touchdowns of his own as well while also racking up 100 yards on 14 carries. Nick Saller (14 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery) and Christian Iglesias (three tackles for loss) led the defense.
Week 1 results
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No. 10 Southridge d. American 42-13: Wide receiver Jaheim Jerry had two touchdown catches, Roscoe Parrish added another and Tyrique Stevenson added a punt return touchdown as Southridge prepares to make a run in Class 8A.
No. 11 Columbus d. Mater Academy 35-0: The Explorers held a pre-game ceremony for teammate Ari Arteaga, who died in a single-car crash last month, before forcing the running clock on Mater Academy. Full game recap here.
No. 17 Jackson d. Mourning 53-0: Running backs Amari Daniels and Darius Chester each scored a touchdown, and quarterback Tyous Taylor completed a 17-yard touchdown to Antwan Brinson. The defense added three touchdowns and defensive back Wendol Philord tacked on an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Coral Reef d. Reagan 10-0: After winning just two games last year, Coral Reef opened 2018 with a shutout victory.
South Miami d. Varela 62-0: Four of South Miami quarterback Tyler Pena’s five completions went for touchdowns, running backs Jacoby Bernadin, Francisco Arteaga and Leo Trujillo each scored a rushing touchdown and safety Tavoris Miller added a pick-six.
Taravella d. South Plantation 40-19: Taravella quarterback Logan Rubin accounted for 261 passing yards and three touchdowns while the Trojans’ defense intercepted four passes.
Ferguson d. Sunset 10-7: The Falcons got revenge on last year’s season-opening loss.
Hialeah d. Miami Springs 42-0: Ryle Aguila completed 10 of 16 passes for 163 yards with touchdown passes to Jai-ayviauynn Celestine and De’carlo Donaldson while four players — Celestine, Aguila, D’ shawn Trowers and Kervin Dessources — added rushing touchdowns.
North Miami d. Miami 28-0: Miami High, a Class 8A state semifinalist last year, took a noticeable and expected step back to open the season.
Southwest d. Coral Park 40-7: The Eagles racked up a staggering 554 yards of offense, with quarterback Jordan Worley (15-21, 292 passing yards, 3 TDs; 4 carries, 53 yards, 1 TD) leading the way.
No. 1 Carol City d. No. 4 Plantation American Heritage 34-16: See recap above.
No. 7 Deerfield Beach d. No. 8 Chaminade-Madonna 13-10: See recap above.
No. 6 Northwestern d. No. 15 Miramar 30-12: See recap above.
No. 9 Booker T. Washington d. Dillard 36-20: The Tornadoes, who missed the playoffs last year after reaching the postseason for 16 consecutive seasons, open with a big win over Dillard. Among the highlights: Kicker Andres Borregales set the school record with a 47-yard field goal.
No. 12 University School d. Glades Central 35-6: As expected, the Sharks make a big splash in their season opener. They had the shutout intact until the fourth quarter. University School quarterback Nick Vattiato scored four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in the win. Senior running back Kenny McIntosh had the fifth score.
No. 13 South Dade d. Coral Gables 14-6: Frank Ladson, a Clemson commit and South Florida’s top-rated senior recruit, had three catches for 101 yards.
No. 16 Palmetto d. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 48-0: Palmetto jumped out to a 34-0 lead at halftime and added two more touchdowns in the third quarter. Quarterback Cairiq Rackley completed 7 of 8 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. Four players combined for five rushing touchdowns: Brashard Smith, Tyrone Maxwell, Corey Lott and Kennieth Smith (two on two carries).
No. 18 Plantation d. West Broward 49-14: Senior running back Hammersham White and quarterback Gerard Nesbitt led the way. Hammersham tallied 228 rushing yards and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving). Nesbitt threw five touchdown passes.
No. 19 Pace d. Boyd Anderson 20-13: Pace, coming off an 8-2 season and its first playoff berth since 2010, held off Boyd Anderson to start the season off 1-0.
No. 20 Western d. South Broward 38-6: Allen Crawford had 138 yards of total offense (63 rushing, 75 receiving) and three touchdowns to lead Western to a season-opening win.
McArthur d. Flanagan 27-6: The game was called in the fourth quarter due to reported gunshots in the area.
La Salle d. Coral Shores 27-15: La Salle starts 2018 on the right foot after winning just one game in 2018.
Cypress Bay d. Cooper City 23-20: Cypress Bay scored 16 points in the fourth quarter for the come-from-behind victory, giving coach Josh Shapiro a win in his first game replacing legendary coach Mark Guandolo.
Naples d. Edison 30-18: Edison’s struggles from last year’s winless season continued to start 2018.
Hollywood Hills d. Northeast 35-15: The Spartans ushered in their new home stadium with a quality season-opening win.
Hialeah Gardens d. Westland Hialeah 38-0: Westland Hialeah has now lost 45 consecutive games and was shut out for the 33rd time in that span.
North Broward Prep d. Pines Charter 49-0: Daniel Parker was the star of the show, scoring five total touchdowns (three rushing, two interception returns) in the win.
Fort Lauderdale vs. Archbishop McCarthy 17-0: The Flying L’s defense was on full display again, pitching a shutout to start the year and build on its solid performance in its preseason kickoff classic.
Westminster Academy d. Somerset Academy 13-12: Westminster Academy pulls off the nail-biter.
Key West d. Gulliver Prep 17-14: Key West sealed the win on a game-winning field-goal with two seconds remaining.
Nova d. Coral Glades 51-7: Senior Antoine Thompson opened the game with an 81-yard kickoff return and added 145 yards on offense on just three touches.
Delray American Heritage d. Belen Jesuit 36-29: Belen went virtually tit-for-tat with Delray American Heritage all night and Don Chaney (20 carries, 226 yards, three touchdowns) should once again be one of the top players in the county, but a Heritage touchdown with about a minute to go was the final strike from which Belen could not recover.
New Smyrna Beach d. Everglades Prep 15-8: Everglades Prep, which made the playoffs last year for the first time in program history, suffered an early setback.
Hallandale d. Everglades 25-12: The game was called after three quarters due to an electrical issue, but the Chargers get the win to open 2018.
Blanche Ely d. Stranahan 26-10: Watch out for junior Darnell Deas, who had a phenomenal season opener (two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown; one forced fumble; six rushes for 50 yards).
Coconut Creek d. Coral Springs 20-7: The Cougars, hoping to be a sleeper in Class 5A this season, made their presence known in their season opener.
Killian d. North Miami Beach 21-18: A solid season-opening win for Killian, which went 1-7 last year.
Pine Crest d. Coral Springs Charter 17-6: Pine Crest jumped to a 10-3 lead at halftime and never looked back. Quarterback Kamran Kadivar played a role in both of Pine Crest’s touchdowns — a 19-yard pass to Kadin Katsch in the first quarter and a 3-yard run in the third.
Boca Raton d. Doral Academy 36-13: Doral Academy saw a host of players from last year’s team that reached the regional finals transfer out before the season.
Palmer Trinity d. St. Andrew’s 41-7: Palmer Trinity running back Brandon Yanes (18 carries for 153 yards), quarterback Nico Casares (8 for 9 passing, 174 yards, four touchdowns) and receiver JC Corbo (3 catches, 98 yards, 2 touchdowns) led the way. Dylan Dylewski (7 tackles), Kyon White-Royal (5 tackles) and Arturo Alvarez (2.5 sacks) paced the defense.
Westminster Christian d. Palm Glades Prep 30-0: Westminster Christian, looking to make it back to the playoffs after sitting out of postseason play in 2017, opens with a shutout.
Miami Christian d. Marathon 24-9: he Victors have a solid showing in their season debut as they hope to improve on last year’s 4-6 outing.
Monarch d. Pompano Beach 44-0: Pompano Beach was no match for a Monarch team looks to improve on its 7-2 showing from a year ago.
Champagnat d. Somerset Silver Palms 49-26: The Lions, under first-year head coach Hector Clavijo, stormed out to a 27-15 lead at halftime — with 14 of those points coming on back-to-back interceptions returned for touchdowns. Senior two-way player Charles Philias (15 carries, 142 yards, 1 TD; 14 tackles, 1 FF) was a bright spot for Somerset Silver Palms against the defending Class 2A state champions.
Miami Beach d. Krop 24-16: Miami Beach held a 12-0 lead at halftime and staved off a strong third-quarter push from Krop.
Ransom Everglades d. Florida Christian 35-0: After a 4-4 season in 2017, Ransom Everglades opened the season with a quality shutout win.
No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas d. DeMatha (Md.) Catholic 38-0: See recap above
No. 3 Central d. No. 5 Cardinal Gibbons 48-21: See recap above
Piper d. No. 14 Norland 24-21: See recap above
St. Brendan d. Pinecrest Prep 28-0: See recap above
Homestead d. Braddock 26-17: Brandon Pierce, Tasheem Reese and Andrew Elossaint each had a rushing touchdown for Homestead, with Reese also adding a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown in the season opener.
A look at Week 2
There’s another solid slate of games in Week 2. There’s one caveat, though: Most of those games will be played away from South Florida.
Cardinal Gibbons, Deerfield Beach, Plantation American Heritage, Chaminade-Madonna and Stoneman Douglas will all be in Georgia for games. Also, Coconut Creek will face Colorado’s Greeley West in Orlando on Thursday and Norland will play at state powerhouse IMG Academy on Friday.
As far as some of the big games that will be played locally:
▪ Columbus hosts Northwestern on Friday night.
▪ Central and Booker T. Washington will play at Traz Powell on Friday night.
▪ Western will host Dillard on Friday.
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