This is it. The final week of the 2011 high school football season, and the Maroone High School Gridiron Report will bring you up close with the newsmakers on the way to Orlando for the state championships.
Joining Larry Blustein on Wednesday night from 8-9 on WQAM (560 AM) will be Norland offensive lineman Ereck Flowers, Miramar head coach Damon Cogdell and Miami Central head coach Telly Lockette.
THE BIG MAN UP FRONT
Headed to the University of Miami, Flowers has emerged as one of Florida's top line prospects, leading the No. 1 Vikings to the state title game for the second straight year.
The 6-6, 300-pounder has helped to open holes for a tremendous running game as well as providing the passing game with plenty of protection.
While many had never heard of this impressive prospect at the start of the year, there is little doubt that this is a player that every school is still looking at - despite his commitment to the Hurricanes!
FINISHING OFF THE SEASON IN STYLE
When the 2011 season began, many were not talking much about Miramar's chances of making it back to Orlando and a state championship appearance. But things have certainly changed.
From a kickoff classic win against Norland to a huge upset over national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas has put the Patriots in a spotlight. A spotlight that has given them plenty of national recognition.
As the Patriots get set to take on Tampa Plant on Saturday night in the 8A finale, Cogdell and his team have worked hard to get better and show that they indeed belong.
CHALLENGING SCHEDULE PAID OFF
There is not a team in the state of Florida, or perhaps the entire country that played a schedule like Lockette and the Rockets.
Undefeated in 13 games, this team played eight teams that made the playoffs, including 4A state runner-up Booker T. Washington, Cocoa, Cincinnati Elder, Northwestern, Columbus and Belen Jesuit twice.
While many felt that this team, which had to replace 14 starters from last year, would never make it back to Orlando to have the chance to defend its 6A state title, Lockette and his staff found a way to use younger, talented athletes and a strong defense to get a shot at Armwood.
EXCITING YOUTH FOOTBALL MATCHUPS
All season long, Jonah Woullard from Generation Nexxt has been taking us through the youth football season, and now, with the ultimate championships coming up this weekend at Ansin Park in Miramar, there is plenty to be excited about.
You can listen to the radio show streaming live at www.wqam.com - or archived at http://sfhighschoolsports.com/