As the state football playoffs get under way, Larry Blustein will welcome in a group that will get things going this week with some tough games.
From 9-10 p.m. on WQAM (560 AM), American Heritage Plantation junior quarterback Tyler Cogswell, Coral Springs Taravella head coach Dan Marguriet and Hialeah Champagnat Catholic head coach Mike Tunsil will look at the first round of the playoffs.
WHAT A MAJOR SURPRISE
When Jeff Dellenbach came in to take over things at American Heritage this year, he made it clear that competition would be a major factor in making this team better.
Even with the loss of star sophomore running back Sony Michel, athletes such as Cogswell have found a way to lift the program up, winning 9 of 10 games and capturing a district title while showcasing his leaderships and a tremendous throwing arm.
Cogswell, who has been among the best passers in South Florida this season, guides his team into Friday night's game at home against Miami Jackson.
GETTING IT DONE - AGAIN!
While there are many coaches who continue to get praise for the jobs they do when it comes to coaching and teaching young players, there are few who have done it for as long and as good as Marguriet.
No matter where he's been in the past three decades, Marguriet has been known as a motivator who gets the most from his players, and with this year's Trojans winning a district title, everyone realizes this could be a team that can cause some problems in the playoffs.
With the experience of coaching big games under his belt, Marguriet and his team will welcome in Cypress Bay on Friday night at 7:30 at Coral Springs Stadium.
FIRST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE
There is nobody who has watched more football and has groomed more athletes than Tunsil, who started the program at Champagnat Catholic last year - with some very young and talented players. But when he and his team square off with Glades Day in Belle Glade, it will be uncharted waters for the coach.
For the first time in school history, Champagnat gets the chance to participate in post season play, and while the opportunity will be rewarding, this will be a game that this team will long remember.
The task at hand will be to slow down Florida's all-time leading rusher, junior Kelvin Taylor - the son of NFL great Fred Taylor. This will be a major assignment!
YOUTH HEATING UP
Super Bowls, playoffs and all-star games highlight this week's look at youth football in South Florida with Jonah Woullard of Generation Nexxt.
You can catch the show live on www.wqam.com or archives at http://sfhighschoolsports.com/