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The Miami Herald’s South Florida Top 20 poll for Sept. 4, 2012

1. Booker T. Washington (1-0) vs. 4. Central (0-1), 7, Sat., Sun Life.

Andre C. Fernandez’s pick: Booker T. 21, Central 17. Despite last week’s lopsided loss, Central makes this a good game, but Tornadoes hold onto top spot.

2. St. Thomas Aquinas (1-0) at 3. Cypress Bay (1-0), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: St. Thomas Aquinas 24, Cypress Bay 21. Raiders pick up after Columbus win with another close victory against another quality opponent.

5. Miramar (0-1) vs. 17. Blanche Ely (1-0), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Miramar 28, Ely 7. Bounce-back week for the Patriots, who had a few bright spots in spite of the lopsided loss to Manatee.

6. Southridge (1-0) vs. Homestead (0-1), 7:30, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Southridge 24, Homestead 7. Spartans make it back-to-back wins heading into showdown with Columbus next week.

7. University School (2-0) vs. Archbishop Carroll (0-1), 7, Fri., Nova.

Andre’s pick: University 42, Carroll 6. Suns start the home slate with a comfortable win before another daunting road test.

8. Columbus (0-1) vs. Belen Jesuit (0-1), 7:30, Fri., FIU.

Andre’s pick: Columbus 24, Belen 10. Big rivalry game and big-game atmosphere in this one, but Explorers look too good for this to be the year they lose one of these.

9. Boyd Anderson (1-0) vs. Hollywood Hills (0-0), 7, Thur., McArthur.

Andre’s pick: Boyd Anderson 34, Hollywood Hills 16. Cobras jump out early and hang on.

10. Northwestern (1-0) vs. 11. Norland (1-0), 7:30, Fri., Traz.

Andre’s pick: Northwestern 17, Norland 16. Bulls defense and running game just enough to get by.

12. American Heritage (1-0) at Jacksonville Bolles (1-0), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: American Heritage 20, Bolles 17. Statement game for the Patriots if they can pull this one off on the road.

13. Jackson (1-0) at Braddock (0-1), 4, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Jackson 26, Braddock 7. Generals’ high-powered offense will be on display.

14. Northeast (1-0) at 16. Hallandale (1-0), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Northeast 14, Hallandale 13. Expect this one to be a nail-biter between teams that appear to be on the right path to the postseason.

15. Hialeah (1-0): Bye week.

18. Killian (1-0) vs. South Miami (1-0), 7:30, Fri., Tropical.

Andre’s pick: Killian 27, South Miami 6. Cougars follow up impressive win over Homestead with another.

19. South Plantation (1-0) vs. Stranahan (0-1), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: South Plantation 35, Stranahan 13. Paladins made history last week, and this week start building momentum with district games on the horizon.

20. Taravella (1-0) at Coconut Creek (1-0), 7, Friday.

Andre’s pick: Taravella 41, Coconut Creek 7. Another comfortable win in the Trojans’ future.

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