(12) Miami Palmetto (6-0) vs. (15) Southridge (5-2)
Friday at Southridge, 7:30 p.m.
Here’s one of those district champion deciding games.READ MORE: Rapper POLO G, Others Facing Charges Following Traffic Stop In Miami
Things seem to be coming together for Southridge – at a very good time. The Spartans were on just about everyone’s short list of South Florida teams that could truly compete for a Class 8A state title this season. And after getting off to a rocky start, Southridge is starting to look like the team that everyone anticipated it being in 2016.
Being healthy and building that much-need camaraderie are two of the factors that have led to “The Ridge” being a team to be reckoned with once again.
Palmetto has been one of the best stories of this season. The Panthers enter this game undefeated and vying for a district championship despite being cast to finish in the lower half of district 16-8A prior to the start of the season.
One of the big reasons that Palmetto has had such a great season is the emergence of junior running back Trey Flowers. Flowers has become the Panthers’ offensive bell cow and has delivered at every turn – evident by his nine touchdowns this season.READ MORE: Second Annual 'Floatarama' Held On The New River To Celebrate Pride Month
This game represents, however, Palmetto’s “big test”. The efforts of Panthers head coach Mike Manasco and his young squad has gotten the attention of a lot of folks, but this is the game where the rubber meets the road.
Ultimately, I believe Southridge will have the overall advantage in this game. Between the Spartans gelling as a team and their still overwhelming amount of talented players, I think Palmetto will find itself hard-pressed to manufacture a victory in this one.
Palmetto is a young team and if they keep the core together, they will be fine moving forward – Southridge is just on a different level.
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