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1. Miami Central (4-0) vs. Booker T. Washington (3-1)
Why: Here comes the annual showdown between the two powers from Class 6A and Class 4A. Miami Central has ran through most of its opponents through the first four weeks of the season, with the exception of Norland last week. Booker T. Washington bounced back last week against Southridge after dropping one to Miami Jackson the week before. The key thing to watch will be to see who gets off to a quicker start.
2. Dr. Phillips (3-1) at Mainland (4-0)
Why: This game wasn’t close last year as Mainland walked out a 21-point differential win at Dr. Phillips. However, Dr. Phillips appears to be much-improved this year, having won big in three games while playing Apopka, the top-ranked team in Class 8A, to a 1-point loss last week. Can Mainland score enough against a Dr. Phillips defense that has given up less than 8 points a game so far?
3. Armwood (3-0) at Plant (3-0)
Why: One of the most anticipated rivalry games in the Tampa Bay-area over the last decade, this one decides who is really the top team in Hillsborough County. Some feel Plant is a way better team this year – enough that a big win could send a message to the rest of the state that they its back to being a full contender in Class 7A.
4. Tate (4-0) at Niceville (4-0)
Why: A highly anticipated game that has been circled on the calendar for months by both teams in a rematch of last year’s Class 6A-Region I final that saw Tate upset the Eagles at home. Both teams have high-powered offenses this season, as both have been averaging at least 30 points a game so far. The question here will be if either team’s defense can make a statement.
5. St. Augustine (3-1) at Bartram Trail (3-1)
Why: If you look at the record of this rivalry you will see it has been lopsided in favor of St. Augustine, with a 17-0 record. Well the 18th meeting comes up this week between these two St. Johns County programs and Bartram Trail will once again be looking to capture that first win against St. Augustine. According to Will Brown of the St. Augustine Record, 10 of the 17 games have been decided by one touchdown or less in the series. That makes for a very competitive rivalry, despite the record in the series, something that should be expected once again on Friday night.
6. Miami Norland (3-2) at Plantation American Heritage (4-0)
Why: After Miami Norland showed they could contend with Miami Central last week, there will certainly be a lot of eyes on this game as they take on the top-ranked team in Class 5A in Plantation American Heritage. American Heritage which has gone through gauntlet of a schedule to start off the season, winning games against Colquitt County (Ga.), Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) as well as Miami Northwestern. Norland could be a bit a surprise test as the Vikings defense could show up again to put another top team on brink.
7. Boyd Anderson (3-0) at IMG Academy (4-0)
Why: Boyd Anderson comes into this game looking hungry to be the first Florida team this season to have a chance at knocking off the Ascenders. However, this game is going to test the Cobras as IMG Academy has already been through it all this season from being tested in California to having produced an ugly blowout against a team from Oklahoma. The Cobras will have to play a nearly perfect game to get a win in Bradenton.
8. Rickards (2-1) vs. Lincoln (2-1)
Why: This is a big city rivalry for Tallahassee the last few years. Both Rickards and Lincoln are looking to make state championship runs this season, and so far they are on the right track. Rickards, which dropped a Week 1 game to Madison County and had its Week 2 game canceled due to Hurricane Hermine, has steadily bounced back. The same thing can be said for Lincoln, which lost to Niceville in Week 1 and didn’t play in Week 2 due to Hermine. The Trojans, though, had a statement victory last week after knocking off the top team in Class 3A, Jacksonville Trinity Christian.
9. Cocoa (2-1) at Viera (3-1)
Why: Both teams are ranked in Class 4A and Class 7A, respectively, coming into this game, but this is more of a chance for Viera to win a game they almost won last year against a highly-competitive Cocoa team. While the Hawks are not the same team they were a year ago, with a high-powered offense, they have found different ways to win. However, some wonder if Lake Highland Prep might have exposed something a about Cocoa, which gave up over 20 points in what was expected to have been more of a blowout last week .
10. Melbourne Central Catholic (4-0) at Union County (2-1)
Why: Expect this game to be competitive once again, after a competitive game last year in Melbourne saw the Union County Tigers escape with an 18-7 win over the Hustlers. The Hustlers, which have started out the season 4-0 and scored 47 points a game, will walk into a tough environment at Union County. For Union County, it will have to be ready to face a stout defense as the Hustlers have only given up an average of 6.5 points per game.