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The Season is in your hands

TheseasonHopefully, 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!

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Mark Williams

Southwest v. Palmetto...this could be the first playoff win in Eagle Country...Joyner and Williams may need to play their best game this season...let's hope for a second round match up with Killian and let a Thanksgiving miracle commence...Go EAGLES !!!

baddogs55

YOU KNOW BABY,CHIEFS GETTIN READY TO ROLL--HEY-- GETTIN READY TO ROLL,KEEP LOOKING !

Pantherfan

Even though I am a Palmetto fan I want to congratulate Southwest on its achievement. I know that feeling from having played on one of the few Panther teams that reached the playoffs. Should be a good game for both of our teams and I am happy to see Berry back in action.

Mark Williams, I hope for your sake you're not rooting for Killian, that's the last team that your Eagles want to see or even my Panthers;)

joe

southwest southwest southwest--- long time waitin--columbus, carol city, happen all the time

HollywoodCole

Have not seen Smith and Miramar show up in the Big Game. And Josey Willams and Lamarcus Joyner of Southwest, Could play for any school in the county. Coach Pat Burrows of Should be Coach of the year for the jobs he's done. And at the end of the Day Northwestern talent pulls them through to beat Columbus in a close game. Just to much speed at reciver positions.

Sonatcolumbus

Columbus held Jamal to 49 yards and the killian RB (sorry, I forgot his name) to 27 yards. I think it is the time for Columbus to go far. Let's see. Everybody has to go through NW and Central. After that, I feel It slows down a little. GO BLUE!!!!!!!

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

SPEED, SPEED, SPEED, THAT'S WHAT DEFEATED SOUTHLAKE CARROL IN DALLAS TEXAS. NORTHWESTERN'S SPEED IS JUST TO MUCH FOR MOST TEAMS AND WILL BE FOR COLUMBUS. THAT'S NOT TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM COLUMBUS, BUT NORTHWESTERN'S TEAM USUALLY RUNS TRACK. PSALMS 100

The Champ!

ALL i have to say is columbus is smarter and they have gore!
Explorers>Bulls

The Champ!

ALL i have to say is columbus is smarter and they have gore!
Explorers>Bulls

The Champ!

ALL i have to say is columbus is smarter and they have gore!
Explorers>Bulls

Beau

I went to SW and I'm pumped to see these kids have a chance to do something special. Palmetto is solid but beatable. They were one extra point away from a win to open the season. Yes he should be coach of the year. Williams and Joyner should be able to show what pure speed can do for a team. If SW defense can just contain Berry without letting any passing game open up, then they are destined for a WIN in the playoffs! Go EAGLES!!!

PATS FAN

for the Record, EUGENE SMITH was never in route to Carol City, it was Stedman BAILEY who attended Carol City. and that is a FACT.

PATRIOT 4 LIFE

Herald Writer, Please don't spread rumors about Eugene Smith, Geno has always, and will be a Patriot, no offense" Chiefs was never under the radar with SMITH.

find another storyline!!!!!

Truth Speaker

PAT: Eugene Smith lived in a place where he was supposed to go to CC, back when coach Fraze was running his wishbone, multi-back run offense. He ended up going to Miramar. Why do you think that is? Everyone knows geno was supposed to be a chief, its no big deal, lots of players do that.

family

Truth Speaker"" when Eugene was in he 7th and 8th grade he went to Norland Middle( Art Magnet Program)!! "for your info@&% where he used to live his area shool would have been American High not CC, and to add to that, most of his young life he live in North Miami Beach, so it is a big deal when people THINK they know all the T and with that said!!!! THIS MESSAGE IS APPROVED BY THE FAMILY. no further comments.

Chris 56

Southwest is going to win. Pat Burrow and other coaches have done a great job with the team. Southwest is making history and were going after Killian. But one game at a time .GO SW
Chris 56

Palmetto09

SW played an excellent game against us. You have our highest respect. You're a team with a lot of class and great sportsmanship.

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