NFL veteran Patrick Surtain will get an interesting introduction to being a high school head coach.
Surtain spent the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator at American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) and was part of American Heritage’s back-to-back Florida state title teams in 2013-14. He was promoted to head coach when Mike Rumph left to take a position with the University of Miami.
American Heritage will face four-time defending Florida Class 4A state champion Booker T. Washington (Miami) in a Kickoff Classic at home on Aug. 19. The preseason game won’t count in the standings, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be taken seriously.
After all, American Heritage upended then-No. 2 IMG Academy 19-7 in a kickoff classic last August that helped increase the Patriots’ national profile.
From there, American Heritage opens the regular season at Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.), which finished the season ranked No. 2 in the Super 25. Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.), which plays in one of the nation’s toughest leagues, then comes for a visit.
The remainder of the schedule is against Florida teams, but Miami Northwestern and Miami Norland should present big challenges.
American Heritage was in the Super 25 rankings for most of the season and was No. 16 when it dropped out in late November.
Here is the proposed schedule, as provided by American Heritage: