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PREVIEW: St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Miramar (FL)

September 16, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders and the Miramar Patriots will collide on Friday at 7 p.m. (EST) at St. Thomas’ Brian Piccolo Stadium. Around 5,000 fans will attend the game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

Both teams are unbeaten with St. Thomas Aquinas coming off an impressive 27-13 win over defending national champion John Curtis, which had a 29-game win streak going, to move to 3-0. Senior Madre London ran for 101 yards and two scores, while senior Wade Freeback threw for 155 yards and a TD. Miramar improved to 2-0 with a 28-14 win over Plantation.

The Rocco Casullo-coached Raiders went 13-2 last season en route to another state title (they have seven titles total and four since 2007). They are expected to contend once again as they are currently ranked in the top 10 nationally by multiple outlets. Senior quarterback Wade Freeback, a transfer and Pitt commit, takes over under center, while his top target is senior Corey Holmes (a Notre Dame commit). Senior center Nick Linder (a Miami recruit) anchors the offensive line.

The Patriots, coached by Damon Cogdell, went 7-5 last season. They are led by senior quarterback Nick Jeanty, who has offers from UCF, Ohio and Western Kentucky. He’ll have up to 10 receivers to toss the ball to with senior Kwasim West leading that group.

Miramar has won two straight in the series including a 27-24 overtime win last season.

The game will be played at Brian Piccolo Stadium, named after the former Chicago Bear who died of a rare form of cancer and whose story was the basis for the movie Brian’s Song.

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Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.