Top 10 Florida high school football games in Week 8

Top 10 Florida high school football games in Week 8

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Four-star prospect Navaughn Donaldson anchors the Miami Central O-line. (Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)

Four-star prospect Navaughn Donaldson anchors the Miami Central O-line. (Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)

1. Miami Central vs. Miami Northwestern
 Miami Central is one of two teams looking to win its fifth straight state championships this season (Booker T. Washington is the other team), and this game puts everything to the test for the Rockets. If Miami Central loses this game their playoff hopes would be placed on thin ice as they would need some upsets to happen to force a tiebreaker situation and potentially dashing any hopes of repeating or getting the five-peat.

2. Cardinal Gibbons at Plantation American Heritage

Why: This is a big district showdown between the top two teams in Class 5A, which will also decide who will be in the driver’s seat of the District 5A-16 playoff race. Both the visiting Chiefs and host Patriots are undefeated, so expect the winner of this one to be a strong favorite to represent Class 5A South at the Drive To December in Orlando.

3. Jones at Cocoa
A big District 4A-5 tilt here which will likely decide who will win the district championship. Jones comes into the game undefeated, but the schedule has not been as strong for them compared to Cocoa. Cocoa has faced some tough competition, including Super 25 No. 1 Bishop Gorman as well as 2015 Class 7A runner-up Viera.

4. Trenton at Newberry
Usually Class 1A games don’t get as much love or get pushed into the top five for Games of the Week, but there are exceptions to be made. This is one of them. Newberry, which is coming into the game 6-0, will take on the defending Class 1A state champion, Trenton, at home. This game will be similar in atmosphere to the 2012 state semifinal playoff game between the two teams as they fight for the top spot in District 1A-7.

5. Braden River at Venice

Why: A huge District 7A-11 matchup features a state semifinalist from last season in Braden River and a Venice team seeking revenge for the two losses they took against the Pirates. With this being a home game for the Indians and the talent they have, this could be a game that has Braden River looking ahead to its game with Palmetto next week to keep its playoff hopes alive.

6. Fort Pierce Central at Jacksonville Trinity Christian
Why: A last second matchup put together by both teams needing a game due to cancellations between Hurricane Matthew and a team pulling out of district play at the last second. Both teams are highly talented in their own rights, but will the visiting Cobras have enough to knock off the defending Class 3A state champions who have nearly a dozen players with Division I offers?

7. Buchholz at Bartram Trail
This is a must-win District 7A-3 game for both the visiting Bobcats and the host Bears. The Bobcats struggled in their last game against Gainesville, which they lost in double overtime. Bartram Trail, which has losses to Mainland and St. Augustine, has played a stronger schedule to this point.

8. Lakeland at Winter Haven
Control for District 7A-7 is up for grabs in this matchup. Lakeland, which has already seen one high-powered offense with Miami Carol City, could be in for a big surprise with Winter Haven, which has put up a ton of points in five games.  

9. Martin County at Viera
Why: A big District 7A-6 matchup here between a much-improved Martin County team and a Viera team that has performed better than projected this season. The visiting Tigers have not lost a game since dropping their season opener to Okeechobee, while Viera has losses to tough opponents in Gonzaga (Washington D.C.) and Cocoa.  

10. Glades Central at University School
A key District 4A-7 matchup here with the host Sharks needing a big win over the visiting Raiders to keep their playoff hopes alive. While University School has won most of their games big, they let the most important one slip by them a couple of weeks ago, making this matchup to be a big one.

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