(T-3) Plantation American Heritage (4-0) vs. (11) Norland (3-0)
Friday at Plantation American Heritage, 7:30 p.m.

Before the season started, some would’ve looked at this matchup and thought it was a forgone conclusion as for how it would go.

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But after watching Norland operate against district foe Central this past week, it is evident that the Vikings have a more than solid football team that is capable of standing toe-to-toe with just about anyone.

I came away very impressed with Norland, even in the loss. Junior quarterback Alec Carr showed a dual-threat ability that serves him well in coach Daryle Heidelburg’s offense and I think receiver Dave Richards is an under-the-radar stud.

I continue to applaud American Heritage and head coach Pat Surtain for the way they’ve been able to quickly circle the wagons and right the ship after their preseason classic. That’s the sign of a program that sits at the “big boy table”, with the other elite programs in this area.

On paper, this game largely favors the Patriots.

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Heritage’s offense is running a lot more smoothly now and the Patriots’ power run game with quarterback Jason Brown and running back Abraham Alce will truly challenge Norland’s front seven.

Norland’s offense should also find it tough to pass against this American Heritage secondary, which is one of the most talented in the country.

However, Norland was supposed to be overmatched against Central, but it more than held its own. I think the same thing happens in this one, the Vikings will fight and put on another admirable performance before getting out-shined by a talented team with an equally impressive coaching staff.

Bald Prediction = Plantation American Heritage wins 26-21

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