QB Ryan Stanley Flanagan
RB Jordan Scarlett St. Thomas Aquinas
RB Alex Anderson Miramar
WR Calvin Ridley Monarch
WR Sam Bruce St. Thomas Aquinas
WR James Gardner Fort Lauderdale
OL Leeward Brown Miramar
OL Tadarrell Slaton American Heritage
OL Coin Byrne St. Thomas Aquinas
OL Samuel Clausman St. Thomas Aquinas
OL Roodney [sic] Leon Deerfield Beach
AP Torrance Gibson American Heritage
DL Nick Bosa St. Thomas Aquinas
DL Jason Strowbridge Deerfield Beach
DL Richard McIntosh Cardinal Gibbons
DL Aaron Thompson Dillard
LB Sh’Mar Kilby-Lane Hallandale
LB Chris Hart St. Thomas Aquinas
LB Juwan Taylor Hallandale
DB Shawn Burgess-Becker Monarch
DB Kendrell McFadden Miramar
DB Tyrek Cole Miramar
DB Tarvarus McFadden American Heritage
DB Devin Bush Jr. Flanagan
BROWARD COUNT Y HAS HAD AT LEAST ONE TEAM REACH the state finals every year since 1996 and 11 teams have come home with titles during the stretch. What can we xpect this year? Somebody from Broward is going to get
there again and odds are it will be a Patriot, a Raider or a Falcon.
TALENT GALORE IN THE 954
Only one Broward school reached last year’s final, but man what a
statement American Heritage made in the 5A title game. The Patriots
crushed Green Cove Springs Clay 66-8 in one of the largest blowouts in
state finals history.
In February, 53 Broward high school players signed
with FBS programs. The SEC led the way with a dozen recruits, followed by the ACC ( 9), Conference
USA ( 8), American Athletic Conference ( 7), Big
Ten ( 4), MAC ( 4), Mountain West ( 3), Independents ( 2), Pac 12 ( 2), Big 12 ( 1) and Sun Belt ( 1).
In May, nine former All-Broward players
were taken in the NFL Draft, including former Plantation linebacker Ryan Shazier,
who was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 15th overall pick in the first
COLLEGE COMING HARD AGAIN
At the end of spring football, there were 44
high school seniors in Broward with at least one
FBS offer, according to Rivals.com.
Seven Broward recruits have been tabbed four-
stars or better, including American Heritage star
cornerback Tarvarus McFadden, the lone five-star recruit
in the area.
The other can’t-miss talents include American Heritage
star quarterback Torrance Gibson; Miramar cornerback
Tyrek Cole and safety Kendrell McFadden; St. Thomas Aquinas running back Jordan Scarlett and receiver Devante Peete;
and Hallandale linebacker Sh’Mar Kilby-Lane.
A total of 11 players from the county have been nominated to
play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Cole and Monarch stars
Calvin Ridley and Shawn Burgess-Becker have already been se-
lected to play in the Under-Armour All-American Game.
There were nine head coaching changes among the 45 Broward
football programs and none created bigger shockwaves than at
A state championship program loaded with one of the most
talented senior classes to be in the nation headed for the exits
when coach Roger Harriott was hired by Florida Atlantic. And there
seemed to be two big landing spots: defending state champion
American Heritage landed most of those seniors and the rest ended
up at seven-time state champion St. Thomas Aquinas.
That should make for an intriguing storyline when the teams hook
up on the field on Aug. 29 at Sun Life Stadium in what should clearly
be the Game of the Year in Broward.
Miramar, which was on its way to an 8A state title last year when
it was upset in the playoffs, also has a new leader in former offensive line coach Matthew Strout. The Patriots are loaded and will
face both Heritage and Aquinas this season in addition to up-and-coming district rival Flanagan.
1. American Heritage
2. St. Thomas Aquinas
7. Deerfield Beach
PROGRAM TO WATCH:
PLAYER TO WATCH:
Calvin Ridley, Monarch
BEST FRIDAY NIGHT
Brian Piccolo Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale
TOP 10 TEAMS
TARVARUS MCFADDEN, AMERICAN HERITAGE
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