Miami-Dade High Schools

Andre Fernadez’s poll of top 20 high school football teams

1. Booker T. Washington (2-0) vs. 15. Carol City (1-1), 7, Wed., Traz.

Andre C. Fernandez’s pick: Booker T. 31, Carol City 12. Best team in nation shows it again.

2. St. Thomas Aquinas (1-0) at John Curtis Christian, La. (2-0), 10, Fri., Superdome.

Andre’s pick: St. Thomas 27, John Curtis 24. Running game and defense will have to step up big time for the Raiders.

3. Central (1-1) vs. 18. Coral Reef (2-0), 7, Thur., Traz.

Andre’s pick: Central 37, Coral Reef 7. Barracudas are good, but not near Central’s level.

4. University School (2-0) at 13. Cypress Bay (1-0), 7, Thursday.

Andre’s pick: University 34, Cypress Bay 20. Suns ruin Cypress Bay coach Mark Guandolo’s return.

5. Jackson (1-0) vs. Norland (0-2), 7, Wed., Curtis.

Andre’s pick: Jackson 27, Norland 12. Rivalry game should keep it close, but Generals should pull through.

6. Miramar (2-0) vs. 11. Plantation (2-0), 7, Thursday.

Andre’s pick: Miramar 31, Plantation 17. Miramar has figured out how to balance good defense with potent offense.

7. Deerfield Beach (2-0): Bye.

8. American Heritage (1-1) vs. 14. Columbus (1-1), 7:30, Thursday.

Andre’s pick: American Heritage 20, Columbus 17. Sony Michel and a solid defense make the difference.

9. South Dade (2-0) vs. American (0-1), 7, Thur., Harris.

Andre’s pick: South Dade 28, American 6. Bucs are off to a hot start that shouldn’t slow down this week.

10. Homestead (2-0): Bye.

12. Northwestern (1-1): Bye.

16. Cardinal Gibbons (2-0) vs. Cooper City (1-1), 7, Thursday.

Andre’s pick: Gibbons 40, Cooper City 7. Peyton Bender leads another Chiefs rout.

17. Hallandale (2-0) vs. South Broward (0-2), 7, Thursday.

Andre’s pick: Hallandale 44, South Broward 6. Get your calculators ready for another big Chargers scoring output.

19. Coral Gables (2-0): Bye.

20. Southwest (2-0): Bye.

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