Booker T. Washington vs. Miami Central
There have been several years when Booker T. and Central were the two top teams in Florida, which should be reason enough to check out this game. But the atmosphere is pure Miami -- everything from real-time bets being placed in the stands like a Tijuana Jai Alai match, to soul food grilled to order, to a coach on the sidelines named “Ice.” No joke. Until 2014, Booker T. was coached by Ice Harris -- he even led the school to the 2013 national title. Beyond that, Booker T’s band is probably the best in Miami, and rivals most colleges for showmanship and entertainment.
William T. Dwyer High School: Any Game
Palm Beach Gardens
This is a game fueled by Jack Daniels. No, you’re not wading through liquor bottles in the parking lot like you might at an Oakland Raiders game, but Dwyer’s coach actually shares a name with your favorite mass-produced bourbon. Throw in the fact that this school in northern Palm Beach County has only lost six home games this century, has won two state titles in the last five years, and has produced the likes of Rashad Butler, Matt Elam, Gerald Christian, and Nick O’Leary, and you’ve got the single most compelling team to watch north of the Dade/Broward line. And if the game is out of hand by the fourth quarter -- a not wholly uncommon occurrence -- the yuppie playground of Downtown at the Gardens is only a mile away.