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August 30, 2007
Sunshine State Preview: Week 1
This fall marks the Florida High School Activities Association (FHSAA) 100-Year Anniversary of high school football. Four Florida teams are in the FAB 50 and three are ranked No. 1 in their respective classes. This week the state's top teams get the season under way. Will anyone be able to upend FAB 50 No. 2 Miami Northwestern?
Headlining the 6A tilt is FAB 50 No. 2 and No. 1 Northwestern as they look to tackle rival Carol City. Northwestern is guided by Miami commit and Elite 11 QB Jacory Harris. Harris is the leader of the team and the offense will rely more on him this year with absence of RB Antwain Easterling now at Southern Miss.
Other 6A games feature last year's state runner up No. 2 Lake Brantley against Apopka. No. 3 Boyd Anderson clashes with Pompano Beach Ely led by another Miami commit CB Patrick Johnson. The Battle of Orange County pits No. 4 Edgewater against No. 6 Dr. Phillips in a prime time matchup of two top ten ranked teams. No. 5 Miami Central is on the road at 4A Miami Edison. No. 7 Deerfield Beach travels south on I-95 to play 5A Hollywood Hills. No. 8 Cypress Bay hosts Dillard.
In 5A, No. 1 Lakeland takes on Okeechobee as they look to silence the critics who think the mighty Dreadnaughts have taken a step back with the loss some mega-talented seniors. No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas and standout DB Dorian Graham hit the road against Cardinal Gibbons. No. 3 Lakeland Lake Gibson welcomes rival Lakeland Kathleen led by WR T. J. Lawrence.
Last week FAB 50 No. 27 and 4A No. 1 Booker T. Washington opened the season with a dominating 36-3 win over FAB 50 No. 16 Summerville (S.C.) in a nationally televised ESPN game. This week Washington is idle. Elsewhere in 4A, FAB 50 No. 39 and No. 2 Armwood collides with No. 3 Tampa Plant and new junior QB Aaron Murray, who is looking to fill the shoes of Miami signee QB Robert Marve, in a Hillsborough County showdown.
In Class 3A No. 1 Glades Central will play 6A No. 10 Palm Beach Lakes. No. 2 Citra North Marion invites the Nease Panthers and Wake Forest commit QB Ted Stachitas to their neck of the woods. No. 3 St. Augustine is on the road at Flagler Palm Coast.
The Class 2A No. 1 Jacksonville Bolles Bulldogs are home against Archbishop Carroll. The other top-ranked team in Class 2 is 2B No. 1 and FAB 50 No. 16 Pahokee. The Blue Devils, led by WR Martavious Odoms, will take on 6A Palm Beach Gardens.
The Class 1A No. 1 Belle Glades Day Gators step up a class to play 2B Chaminade-Madonna and Miami commit LB Jordan Futch. No. 2 North Florida Christian tangles with Agape Christian Academy. No. 3 Mayo Lafayette takes on Keystone Heights.
Class 1B No. 1 Tallahassee Florida A&M, paced by Georgia Tech commit RB Richard Watson, hits the road to play Jefferson County.
2006-2007 State Champions
Class 1A: Belle Glades Day 42 - North Florida Christian 9
Class 1B: Tallahassee Florida A&M 14 - Lakeland Victory Christian 10
Class 2A: Jacksonville Bolles 27 - Clewiston 24 (3OT)
Class 2B: Pahokee 25 - Ocala Trinity Catholic 11
Class 3A: Glades Central 39 - Pensacola Pine Forest 27
Class 4A: Tampa Plant 25 - Nease 21
Class 5A: Lakeland 45 - St. Thomas Aquinas 42 (2OT)
Class 6A: Miami Northwestern 34 - Lake Brantley 14
Kynon Codrington covers Florida and Georgia for SSFootball.com and will have weekly preview pieces as well as player profiles on Sunshine and Peach State standouts throughout the fall. Email ([email protected]) to update for any info regarding football in these two fine states!