High School Sports

Andre C. Fernandez: Home field gives edge to Hallandale Chargers

BOYNTON BEACH (9-0) AT 6. HALLANDALE (8-0), 7 p.m., Friday.

District 15-6A looked like a potential mess at the start of the season.

But after over two months, it’s Boynton Beach’s high-powered offense and Hallandale trying to improve from a disappointing finish in 2013 that reached their respective final games with undefeated records.

Boynton Beach’s potent bunch survived a shootout with Coconut Creek last week and has been edging by opponents of late. Hallandale has shown it can put up points as well.

Look for the Chargers’ home field-advantage to factor into the outcome of this game.

Andre’s pick: Hallandale 34, Boynton Beach 33.

7. KILLIAN (8-0) AT 14. SOUTHRIDGE (6-2), 7 p.m., Thursday.

This longtime rivalry game is back to meaning something important in football. Southridge made the stakes higher when it upset South Dade in recent weeks, putting the Spartans on a collision course with Killian for the District 16-8A title.

Killian secured a playoff berth last week by eliminating South Dade and by default lifted Southridge into the playoffs as well.

This game decides the district crown and is likely to be the first of two potential meetings if history continues to repeat itself. The winner and loser of this district have continually played each other a second time in the regional semifinal round in recent years.

Southridge is a young team and has a strong core that should continue to progress, but Killian is starting to have the look of a state-title contender.

Andre’s pick: Killian 17, Southridge 7.

NORLAND (3-4) VS. CAROL CITY (3-5), 7 p.m., Thu., Traz Powell.

Since its 0-4 start to the season, Carol City has been one of the hottest teams in Miami-Dade County, winning three of its past four.

Even its lone loss last week to nationally ranked Central opened some eyes as the Chiefs dropped a close 23-16 decision and had a chance to tie the game in the closing moments.

Norland can clinch a playoff berth outright if it wins this game, however.

If Carol City continues its roll though, a victory would at least vault it into a tiebreaker with Norland and Northwestern for the district’s runner-up spot should the Bulls beat Homestead this Saturday.

This one will be close, but I have a hunch we will have some Monday night football at Traz Powell next week.

Andre’s pick: Carol City 14, Norland 13.

FERGUSON (6-2) AT 17. BELEN (6-2), 4 p.m., Friday.

Ferguson has kept itself in the mix in District 15-8A all season despite originally not being considered one of the top two teams.

A setback against Southwest last week, however, has put the Falcons on the brink of elimination. Ferguson needs a win to at least force a tiebreaker with Southwest and Belen for the district’s two playoff spots.

If Belen wins, the Wolverines win the district, leaving Southwest as the runner-up should it beat Varela. Ferguson could still sneak into a tiebreaker at that point if Varela upsets the Eagles.

The Wolverines typically are tough to beat at home against teams they matchup well against.

Andre’s pick: Belen 20, Ferguson 17.