(2) Miami Central Rockets (3-0) vs. Norland Vikings (3-0)
Friday vs. Traz Powell Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District play opens for the “SEC of Districts” – better known as district 16-6A.

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This is a game that I am taking great interest in. Not necessarily because I am wavering about the result of the game, but because I am anxious to see both of these teams for various reasons.

Very few people outside of Norland’s locker room expected such a great start by the Vikings. Like I wrote in a column a while ago, Norland continues to be a program that will “take a licking and keep on ticking”, meaning no matter how many players the school loses or never even gets – it will still be one of the most athletic and physical teams in South Florida.

Not to mention, head coach Daryle Heidelburg is a very good football coach and doesn’t get half the credit he deserves in that regard.

The running back duo of Terrence Evans and Lytii Borders has done well for the Vikings, who have increased the amount of points they’ve scored every game so far. While quarterback Alec Carr and receiver Dave Richards are gaining more chemistry each passing week.

With that said, Central is on a totally different level.

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The Rockets have scored 55 or more points in all three of their wins and have given up a total of 14 points.

To quote the immortal Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant: Central is “a different animal and the same beast”.

And the Rockets have been dismantling teams with an overwhelmingly balanced attack. They can grind the game out on the ground with running backs James “Jimmy” Cook, Kywan Smith and Kord Jenkins; hit big plays through the air with Carmoni Green, Jernard Phillips and Anthony White Jr.; and the Rockets defense is still as stifling as its ever been.

With all that has gone on in the first three weeks of the season, Central has been kind of the forgotten team. That’s what happens when you’re so good for so long – the model of consistency.

While Norland will throw everything they can at the Rockets in this game to be productive, Central is just too good a team and it will ultimately overwhelm the Vikings.

Bald Prediction = Central wins 33-12

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