There are several interesting matches this week as American Heritage travel to Naples, the Avant Garde take on crosstown rival Chaminade-Madonna and Monarch visit eighth national tier St. Thomas Aquinas, who are leading a streak of 20 consecutive wins since last season.
In Palm Beach County, Cardinal Newman and the surprising Santaluces look to go undefeated, while Atlantic travels to Dwyer for the 9-3M District Championship.
I was near perfect again after going 12-1 in my 13 games last week. The Boynton Beach defense needed three positions on the goal line against host St. Andrew’s and prevailed 40-35 to ruin my record. My season record at 69-11.
Monarque (6-1) at Saint-Thomas d’Aquin (7-0) (Friday, 7 p.m.): The visiting Knights are riding a five-game winning streak behind junior quarterback AJ Hairston (1,841 passing yards, 19 yards and 475 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns). Saint Thomas d’Aquin, ranked No. 8 in the country, has won 20 straight since last season. After scoring 21 and 24 points in their previous two games, the Raiders exploded to a 49-13 win over Fort Lauderdale. Saint Thomas Aquinas 30, monarch 17.
American Heritage (7-1) at Naples (6-1) (Friday, 7:30 p.m.): American Heritage, ranked No. 13 in the nation, is led offensively by senior running back Mark Fletcher (1,048 rushing yards, 10 TDs), senior receiver Brandon Innis (637 receiving yards, 9 TDs) and quarterback- senior fullback Blake Murphy (1,322 yards, 20 TDs). Napoli has a running back tandem, senior Kendrick Raphael (1,069 rushing yards, 13 TDs) and senior Isaiah Agustave (724 yards, 8 TDs). Both teams are averaging over 39 points per game. American Heritage 31, Naples 14.
Avant Garde Academy (5-1) at Chaminade-Madonna (6-0) (Friday, 7 p.m.): Avant Garde has scored 62 or more points three times this season and is averaging 49.5 points per game. The Sharks have totaled 1,555 yards this season. Chaminade, who edged out St. Thomas Aquinas for 7th nationally, scored 90 points last week in a winless slaying of Somerset Academy Key. Junior quarterback Cedrick Bailey and junior running back Davion Gause led the way. Chaminade-Madonna 45, Avant Garde 17.
Cardinal Gibbons (7-1) at Manatee (5-1) (Friday, 7:30 p.m.): Manatee has an explosive passing game, with six receivers averaging over 12 yards per reception. The Hurricanes beat Lakewood Ranch 35-23 last week to rebound from a 29-6 loss to Port Charlotte. Cardinal Gibbons, ranked No. 36 in the nation, has won back-to-back games. The Chiefs had a balanced offense, accounting for 343 total offensive yards in a decisive win over Hallandale. Cardinal Gibbons 38, Manatee 27.
Blanche Ely (6-0) at Piper (5-2) (Thursday, 7 p.m.): The Tigers hope to remain undefeated, and a 7-0 start would be the best start in school history, beating the start 6-0 in 2010. The Bengals have won three straight after back-to-back losses to South Broward and Monarch . Blanche Ely 21, Piper 13.
Benjamin (2-4) at Calvary Christian Academy (7-1) (Friday, 7 p.m.): The host Eagles are unbeaten in their last six games, following a 30-0 loss to Cardinal Gibbons. Calvary Christian lead running back Reggie Heywood had 1,138 rushing yards to go along with his 13 scoring. The Buccaneers lost their first three games and won two in a row before losing 21-14 at Miami Gulliver Prep. Calvary Christian Academy 27, Benjamin 20.
Westminster Academy (6-0) at Pine Crest (6-1) (Friday, 7 p.m.): The visiting Lions have allowed just 39 points all season, thanks to the efforts of second linebacker Michael Varga. Westminster also got solid production from junior quarterback Anthony Barber (1,706 passing yards, 17 touchdowns). Pine Crest, on a four-game winning streak since a loss to Calvary Christian Academy, has already surpassed last year’s four-game winning total. Westminster Academy 24, Pine Crest, 16.
Fort Lauderdale (4-3) at Dillard (3-3) (Saturday, 7 p.m.): The L’s are in shock, with three straight losses, and take on Dillard in a District 3M match. Youth and inexperience plagued Fort Lauderdale, which was blown by 35 points at Coconut Creek and 36 points at St. Thomas Aquinas. The Panthers, ranked No. 90 in the nation, are coming off a 42-6 win over Plantation and are looking to tie their district record at 1-1. Dillard 31, Fort Lauderdale 17.
Atlantic (4-3) at Dwyer (5-2) (Friday, 6:30 p.m.): The visiting Eagles target the 9-3M District Championship with a victory over Dwyer. Atlantic, coming off a 28-0 victory over Seminole Ridge, lost all three games by a total of 16 points. The Panthers have won four straight after back-to-back losses to Jensen Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Atlantic 24, Dwyer 16.
Palm Beach Gardens (5-2) at Palm Beach Central (6-1) (Friday, 6:30 p.m.): The Gators beat Palm Beach Lakes winless and Royal Palm Beach a win in consecutive weeks after a 38-30 tussle with Pahokee. Palm Beach Central has won three straight after its only loss of the season to Pahokee 35-14. The Broncos have won the last four meetings with Palm Beach Gardens and are 8-10 in the 18 meetings between the two schools. Palm Beach Central 27, Palm Beach Gardens 24.
Spanish River (1-6) at Santaluces (6-0) (Thursday 6:30 p.m.): Spanish River is coming off their first win of the year, a 35-0 win over Hialeah Miami Lakes. Santaluces continues to climb on the arm of senior Will Pritchard (1,336 passing yards, 17 touchdowns) going from 1-9 to an undefeated season to date and a district championship with a 21-20 win over Boca Raton last week . Santaluces 35, Spanish River 7.
True North Classical Academy (5-2) at King’s Academy (6-1) (Friday, 7 p.m.): True North Classical Academy is on a four-game winning streak. The Titans lost back-to-back games to Miami Belen Jesuit and Miami Westminster Academy before embarking on a winning streak behind No. 8 Zac Katz, who passed for 1,617 yards and 21 touchdowns. King’s Academy is on a five-game winning streak after its only loss of the season, 14-7 to Glades Central. The Lions had a balanced offense, throwing for 550 yards and rushing for 528. King’s Academy 28, True North Classical Academy 14.
Slam Academy (1-6) at Cardinal Newman (8-0) (Thursday, 7 p.m.): Cardinal Newman outshot his opposition 366-71 en route to a No. 2 ranking in the state in Class 1M. The Crusaders are also 15th overall in the state thanks to junior QB Luke Warnock (1,472 yards, 21 TDs) and senior Henry Bennett (452 rushing yards, 7 TDs). The Cobras come into the game after a 68-0 loss at the hands of Avant Garde Academy and have scored a total of 14 points in their last three games. Cardinal Newman 56, Slam Academy 7.