Football preseason classics kicked off Wednesday in South Florida.
The weekend’s full slate of exhibition games is highlighted by a clash between nationally-ranked state championship contenders Miami Booker T. Washington and host Plantation American Heritage Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Each team changed coaches in the offseason as Booker T.’s Tim “Ice” Harris returned for a third stint with the Tornadoes, and former Miami Dolphins defensive back Patrick Surtain was promoted to become Heritage’s head coach after former coach Mike Rumph accepted a coaching job at the University of Miami.
Heritage, ranked No. 6 in the country by USA Today, enters the season as the favorites in Class 5A as it vies for its third state title in the past four seasons.
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Booker T., ranked No. 8 by USA Today, is aiming to make history by becoming the first team in state history to win five consecutive state titles.
PRESEASON FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Keys Gate at Coral Gables, 4
Reagan at Gulf High, 6
St. Thomas Aquinas at Dillard, 7
Monarch at Cypress Bay, 7
Nova at Cardinal Gibbons, 7
Stranahan at Cooper City, 7
Coral Reef vs. Jackson (N. Miami), 7
NMB at Boca Raton Spanish River, 7
Miami Springs vs. Miami High (Curtis), 7
Mourning at HML, 7
Booker T. Washington at American Heritage, 7:30
Columbus vs. Boyd Anderson (Ansin), 7
South Plantation at Southridge, 7:30
American at Miramar, 7
Champagnat Catholic at Piper, 7
Coral Glades at Hialeah Gardens, 3:30
Pines Charter at Hialeah, 3:30
Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer vs. Northwestern (Traz), 7
Winter Haven at Killian (Tropical), 7
La Salle at Belen, 4
Ferguson at Coral Park, 3:30
Krop at Palmetto, 4
Doral at Monsignor Pace, 7:30
Gulliver at Goleman, 4
Everglades Prep at Calvary Christian, 7
Ransom Everglades at Palmer Trinity, 4
Hollywood Hills at Western, 7
Taravella at Northeast, 7
Hallandale at South Broward, 7
Douglas at Boca Raton, 7
West Broward at Coconut Creek, 7
ISB at Somerset Academy, 4
Fort Lauderdale at Archbishop McCarthy, 7
Westminster Academy at University School, 7
North Broward Prep at Pine Crest, 7
Pompano Beach vs. Somerset (Boynton Beach), 4
Royal Palm Beach vs. Central (Traz), 7
Carol City at Bradenton IMG Academy, 7
Miami Beach at Braddock, 10 a.m.
Chaminade-Madonna at Deerfield Beach, 7
Norland at St. Johns Creekside, 7:30