Hopefully, most of you that follow our coverage of high school football in South Florida have also followed our new online video series, The Season. If you haven't, check it out. We've tried our best to spotlight the top games of the season each week. Sometimes we've guessed right (see: Booker T.-Northwestern, South Dade-Palmetto), sometimes we've missed (blowouts like Coral Gables-Columbus and Doral-Archbishop Carroll).
From the start of this project we've both anticipated and feared this coming week of football action. With playoffs here, all the games are good, all are compelling, and all have their own legion of devoted fans. In the past week, those of us involved in the high schools section have debated which game is most worthy of The Season's attention this week. Everyone has a different opinion, and they are all valid ones. So, we've decided to let you decide.
Just visit the Miami Herald High School Sports main page, scroll down to the Web Vote section and make your choice. We've pared the games down to three options:
Miramar vs. Carol City: One of the worst-kept secrets in South Florida football is that blue chip quarterback Eugene Smith (along with several teammates) was supposed to go to Carol City, but chose Miramar in order to better showcase his skills. That, along with Carol City's resurgance under new head coach Harold Barnwell, makes for some interesting storylines.
Northwestern vs. Columbus: Coach Chris Merritt reminded everyone after last week's game that football "is a four-quarter game", and his team proved it with a late comeback against Killian to finish unbeaten in the regular season. Will it all go for nothing against a Northwestern team that hasn't lost a playoff game in three years?
Southwest vs. Palmetto: I challenge you (coaches, players and parents aside) to name me three players on this year's Eagles team. I dare you. Hey, I see you googling them. But really, Southwest is in the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, and their efforts have been rewarded with a date against Palmetto and Jamaal Berry, the tailback tabbed by some as the best in the country.
So there you go, you have your choices. Right now it looks like The West is out to a big lead. Come on, Chiefs' and Panthers' fans, let your voices be heard!