On Friday, Aug. 29 at 7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Florida will be featuring the season opening battle between state title contenders St. Thomas Aquinas and Plantation American Heritage live on FOXSportsFlorida.com via Prep Zone, presented by Checkers and UHealth. Eric Reid will call the game, alongside color commentator John Kaleo, and Kavita Channe will be reporting from the sidelines at Sun Life Stadium.
The game will be streamed live on FOXSportsFlorida.com and televised on tape delay that same evening on FOX Sports Florida following the Marlins LIVE postgame show. Additional airings of the highly touted matchup will be televised on Sun Sports on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 31 at 10:00 a.m.
The visiting Patriots return 10 starters and added a number of key transfers to bolster their ranks in defense of last year’s Class 5A state championship. Torrance Gibson (Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, LSU), a 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback/athlete, who passed for 1,864 yards and rushed for 1,032 more, will power an American Heritage offense that averaged 40.4 points per game. He has plenty of help up front, thanks to a senior-laden offensive line keyed by 6-foot-5, 320-pound Tedarrell Slaton, 6-foot-4, 320-pound Noah Bringas, 6-foot-4, 270-pound Brett Kahn and 6-foot-3, 285-pound Louie Berkowitz. The Patriots are equally loaded on the defensive side of the ball, led by 6-foot-2, 195-pound five-star defensive back Tarvarus McFadden (32 scholarship offers).
The host Raiders, who were knocked out of last season’s Class 7A state playoffs by eventual champ Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, are absolutely loaded, with 10 Division I commits and an additional 10 who could end up signing. Offensively, Aquinas will be breaking in a first-time quarterback, but he’ll be surrounded by a bevy of offensive weapons, led by 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back Jordan Scarlett (Miami) and 6-foot-6, 200-pound wide receiver Devante Peete (Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State). Defensively, the Raiders have an all-star secondary with a trio of top performers in 6-foot-2, 185-pound Damon Arnette (South Carolina), 6-foot, 190-pound Rashard Causey (Florida Atlantic) and 6-foot, 190-pound Tyson Cisrow (Penn State, South Florida, West Virginia).
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