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Week 9’s Top Games Feature Football’s GMAC Championship Showdown: Norland vs Columbus

Norland beat one 2022 state champion last week, and now it is going to face one other. The Vikings, who ascended to the highest spot within the Class 2M rankings after beating Central 29-26 in extra time, will face Columbus for the Greater Miami Athletic Conference championship on Friday. Norland has rebounded from double-digit halftime deficits the past two weeks to enhance to 7-0. The Vikings trailed Central 20-0 but scored three touchdowns, benefiting from a pair of Central turnovers, within the third quarter to tie the sport. Noah Sidal played the hero in extra time with a 38-yard game-winning field goal. Columbus is 7-1 and rebounded from a loss against Homestead two weeks ago with a 44-8 win against Doral Academy last week. The Explorers, who won the Class 4M championship in 2022, are currently the No. 2 team in 4M.

Norland is led by junior quarterback Ennio Yapoor, who has thrown for 1,766 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 391 yards and a team-best six scores. Columbus has a balanced offense with senior quarterback Alberto Mendoza (69.9 completion percentage, 1,437 passing yards), senior running back Edward Bandy (333 rushing yards), senior receiver Jose Leon (43 catches, 496 yards), and senior tight end Benjamin Blackburn (26 catches, 458 yards).

Here’s a have a look at the opposite key games to observe in Week 9:

– Benjamin (6-1, No. 5 Class 1M) at Cardinal Newman (6-1, No. 4 Class 1M)
– Bartram Trail (4-3, No. 9 Class 4S) at Buchholz (7-0, No. 1 Class 4S)
– Cardinal Mooney (6-1, No. 2 Class 1S) at Bishop Verot (7-1, No. 2 Class 2S)
– Jesuit (5-2, No. 9 Class 3M) at Tampa Bay Tech (8-0, No. 5 Class 3M)
– Lake Mary (7-0, No. 1 Class 4M) at Apopka (5-2, No. 9 Class 4M)

Notable Week 9 games include DeLand at University, Booker T. Washington at South Dade, Central vs. Southridge, Gray Collegiate (South Carolina) vs. IMG, St. Thomas Aquinas at Monarch, and lots of more.

Teams that win a district championship with a Week 9 win include Lyman, Atlantic, Northside Christian, Avant Garde, Lake Minneola, University, Lincoln, and Westminster Christian.

FHSAA Football: District champions, championship games, and playoff scenarios are also discussed. Finally, there’s an inventory of potential individual matchups featuring top recruits from various schools.

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