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Broward high school football games of the week

American Heritage quarterback Jason Brown will lead his team into a big Week 3 matchup with Northwestern.
American Heritage quarterback Jason Brown will lead his team into a big Week 3 matchup with Northwestern. skaestle@miamiherald.com

Note: All games at 7 p.m. unless noted

WEEK 2 – SEPT. 2

St. Thomas Aquinas at Miramar, Friday

This rivalry had produced great games for four consecutive seasons with Miramar winning three before Aquinas bounced back in 2014. With Miramar rebuilding last season, Aquinas cruised to a lopsided 48-18 victory. The Patriots are hoping for to contend for a state title once again this season. Miramar could gain plenty of confidence from a strong performance against Aquinas, which is coming off its loss to Booker T. Washington.

Others to watch: Friday: Don Bosco Prep (NJ) at American Heritage, 7:30; Flanagan at Coconut Creek, 7; Saturday: Hallandale at Dillard, 7.

WEEK 3 – SEPT. 9

American Heritage vs. Northwestern, 7:30, Traz Powell

Following a grueling three-game stretch against Booker T. Washington, Colquitt County (Ga.) and Don Bosco Prep (N.J.), Heritage has no time to let up against the improving Bulls. Although this game won’t directly impact Heritage’s postseason standing, it could be huge for confidence if it did not come through its first few games with victories. Northwestern is getting closer to regaining its status as a state championship contender and is capable of scoring an upset in this one.

Others to watch: Friday: Coconut Creek at Boyd Anderson; Cardinal Gibbons at Chaminade-Madonna, 4; Fort Lauderdale at South Broward.

WEEK 4 – SEPT. 16

Deerfield Beach at Grayson (Ga.), 7:30, Friday

The Bucks have high hopes of winning the Class 8A state championship this season. This road test against the team that entered the season ranked No. 2 nationally provides a good measuring stick for future contests against St. Thomas Aquinas and possibly other 8A powers such as Flanagan, Miramar, Columbus or Southridge.

Others to watch: Friday: South Plantation at Flanagan; American Heritage at Coconut Creek; Boyd Anderson at Blanche Ely.

WEEK 5 – SEPT. 23

Calvary Christian at Archbishop McCarthy, Friday

Following an unofficial merger between the Southeastern and Gold Coast independent football conferences, 2014 SFC champion Calvary Christian will take on 2015 GCFC champ McCarthy. Both appear to be contenders in the revamped and stronger Gold Coast Conference and this game will begin shaping the playoff picture.

Others to watch: Thursday: Fort Lauderdale vs. West Broward (Flanagan); Friday: Boyd Anderson at Bradenton IMG Academy; Western at Flanagan; Hallandale at St. Thomas Aquinas.

WEEK 6 – SEPT. 30

St. Thomas Aquinas at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 10, Friday

Miramar at Flanagan, Friday.

St. Thomas Aquinas’ loss to Booker T. Washington hurt their national championship hopes. Assuming they don’t lose another game before this point, the Raiders can bounce back strong if they pull off a big road win against a Bishop Gorman squad that has won a pair of mythical titles the past two seasons.

Back home, Miramar takes on reigning Class 8A state champion Flanagan in what’s become a heated annual rivalry game. It could be the first of two clashes between two of Broward’s best.

Others to watch: Thursday: Coconut Creek at Cardinal Gibbons; Friday: Dillard at Boyd Anderson; Nova at South Broward; Cypress Bay at Western; Fort Lauderdale at Blanche Ely; Archbishop McCarthy at Coral Springs Charter (Coral Glades).

WEEK 7 – OCT. 7

Deerfield Beach at St. Thomas Aquinas, Friday

Aquinas’ lone loss in 2015 came against Deerfield Beach. The Raiders will likely keep this in mind when facing the Bucks, who appear to be even better than last season, and a major contender in Class 8A. Some of the best wide receivers in the country will be gathered in one place for this game.

Others to watch: Friday: Westminster Christian at Chaminade-Madonna, 3:30; Calvary Christian at Coral Springs Charter (Coral Glades); Cooper City at Western; Piper at Douglas.

WEEK 8 – OCT. 14

South Broward vs. West Broward, Friday, Flanagan

A year ago it would have been laughable to regard this as a quality matchup. But with West Broward coming off its first-ever playoff appearance and South Broward expected to make one of the most drastic improvements of any team in South Florida, figure this game having an impact on the playoff race in District 15-7A.

Others to watch: Friday: Cardinal Gibbons at American Heritage, 7:30; Douglas at Deerfield Beach; Miramar at Hallandale; South Broward vs. West Broward (Flanagan).

WEEK 9 – OCT. 20

Boyd Anderson at St. Thomas Aquinas, Friday

A non-district clash, but nonetheless a potentially entertaining one as Boyd Anderson looks to see what it’s made of against national powerhouse Aquinas. The Cobras won District 15-6A last year and should have it all, but wrapped up at this point if they live up to expectations. This will show if they can hang tough with foes like Central in the playoffs.

Others to watch: Friday: American Heritage vs. Jackson (Curtis); Cooper City at South Broward; McArthur vs. Fort Lauderdale (Dillard); Key West at Calvary Christian.

WEEK 10 – OCT. 28

Chaminade-Madonna at Flanagan, Friday

Chaminade, under former Hallandale coach Dameon Jones, is hoping to make a run for the Class 3A state championship this season. Flanagan, under new coach Stanford Samuels, is vying to defend its Class 8A crown. This playoff tune-up will be huge for both sides.

Others to watch: Thursday: Plantation at South Plantation; Cooper City vs. West Broward (Flanagan); Friday: American Heritage at Hallandale; Deerfield Beach at Piper; McArthur at Nova; Western at Miramar.

WEEK 11 – NOV. 4-5

St. Thomas Aquinas at Flanagan, Friday

Blanche Ely vs. Dillard, Saturday, Lockhart Stadium

A playoff tune-up for both Aquinas and Flanagan – teams vying to repeat as state champions. And on Saturday, a Soul Bowl between longtime rivals – Dillard and Ely – who also are hoping to find themselves making plans for the postseason.

Others to watch: Friday: Western at South Broward; Saturday: IMG Academy at Chaminade-Madonna, 1.

PLAYOFF DATES

Oct. 31: District tiebreakers

Nov. 10-11: Regional semifinals (Class 4A-1A); Regional quarterfinals (Class 8A-5A)

Nov. 18: Regional finals (Class 4A-1A); Regional semifinals (Class 8A-5A)

Nov. 25: State semifinals (Class 4A-1A); Regional finals (Class 8A-5A)

Dec. 2-3: Class 4A-1A state championships (Orlando); State semifinals (Class 8A-5A)

Dec. 9-10: Class 8A-5A state championships (Orlando)

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