12. PLANTATION (5-1) AT 8. FLANAGAN (4-1) 7 p.m., Friday.
Two weeks after that surprising defeat against South Plantation, Flanagan is alive and well and back on course to a potential run to Orlando. The Falcons’ blowout win over a solid Miramar team might have eliminated a major obstacle in the District 12-8A race and showed the Falcons are still the team to beat.
A victory over Plantation puts Flanagan one result closer to battling for the district championship or at least a playoff berth should the Falcons win out.
On the flip side, this is a major opportunity for Plantation to set itself up to win the district should it continue to win because the Colonels are still unbeaten within the district.
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Flanagan got quarterback Kato Nelson back from injury and is finally at full strength, which is not a good prospect for any team remaining on its schedule.
Andre’s pick: Flanagan 30, Plantation 17.
16. NORTHWESTERN (2-3) VS. 14. BOOKER T. (3-3), 7 p.m., Saturday, Traz.
The past two years, Booker T. Washington has had a clear talent advantage over Northwestern.
And yet the Bulls still gave the Tornadoes a couple of scares during the 41-game winning streak that ended earlier this season.
Booker T. has had moments of brilliance on offense during their .500 season so far, and has a passing offense more potent than any Northwestern has faced yet this season.
The Tornadoes should also have an edge on special teams with kicker Jose Borregales and against a Bulls’ return team that has yielded a couple of returns for touchdowns already this season.
Northwestern has an edge in the running game with backs like Corey Lane and has played a brutal schedule that has included Plantation American Heritage, Dwyer, South Dade and Columbus. The Bulls played all of those teams tough before letting games slip away in the fourth quarter.
At some point, the Bulls are finally going to finish a big game with a victory.
Is it this week?
Andre’s pick: Northwestern 14, Booker T. Washington 13.
10. CREEK (3-2) AT 5. HALLANDALE (4-1) 7 p.m., Friday.
So how many more yards will Hallandale quarterback Ty Huntley pass for this week?
Expect another heavy total for the Utah commit that has thrown for a combined 983 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past two games against Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas and Jackson.
This game could be a passing clinic as Coconut Creek’s Jhakari Harrison is no slouch with his array of All-American weapons at wide receiver.
Running back Zach Moss might make a larger impact in this game to tip the balance in Hallandale’s favor.
Andre’s pick: Hallandale 45, Coconut Creek 38.
MIAMI SPRINGS (4-1) VS. SUNSET (5-1) 4 p.m., Thursday, Tropical.
District 16-7A —the largest in the state with nine schools — has turned into a three-team race.
And this game begins to clear up the playoff picture.
Mater Academy and Miami Springs were on many people’s radars to be in the mix for the championship.
Sunset has crashed the party.
The Knights, who were already showing improvement last season, are off to one of their best seasons in recent memory.
Sunset’s Javier Zuniga has been a big part of the turnaround. Zuniga, a junior, leads Miami-Dade County in rushing with 891 yards and 10 touchdowns.
This will be one of Zuniga and Sunset’s toughest tests against a Springs defense that has not allowed a touchdown and only three points for the past three games.
The Golden Hawks have their own talented ball carrier in senior Darryel Bethune Jr.
This one will go down to the wire.
Andre’s pick: Miami Springs 28, Sunset 27.