Posted: 3:47 pm Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
With King’s Academy joining the independent Southeastern Football Conference this season, District 7-3A has been left with three teams.
Cardinal Newman, American Heritage and Pahokee will battle it out for the district’s two playoff spots. Each team will play only two district games, which puts even more emphasis on the district matchups.
In 2011, District 7-3A featured seven teams — American Heritage, Benjamin, Fort Lauderdale-Calvary Christian, Cardinal Newman, King’s Academy, Pahokee and Pope John Paul II. But that number was cut to five in 2012 and has decreased ever since.
“This year is different for us,” Stallions assistant coach Brad Tremper said. “This year is the first time that seven of our games don’t count. It’s weird. Usually, we are in a seven or eight-team district with Benjamin or Pope, but now we are in a three-team district and you can win two games and win the district.”
American Heritage will use the change as an opportunity to play a difficult non-district schedule. The Stallions will start the season at home against state power Miramar before traveling to face Glades Central and Miami-Gulliver Prep.
“We’ve never been in that situation, ” Tremper said. “We’re used to playing games that count week in and week out.”
Pahokee is the only team in the district to fill the hole King’s Academy left on its schedule. The Blue Devils added a matchup against Lauderdale Lakes-Boyd Anderson to complete its ten-game schedule. But Cardinal Newman and American Heritage did not replace King’s Academy and will play nine regular-season games.
“We’re actually just going to play nine this year because I felt like we needed the extra week,” Cardinal Newman coach Steve Walsh said.
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.