Posted: 6:24 pm Monday, September 13th, 2010
By Jeff Greer
The new football top 10 is up. Here’s why we ranked ‘em they way we did.
Here’s the list, first of all:
1. Glades Central
3. Park Vista
4. Seminole Ridge
5. American Heritage
6. Jupiter Christian
8. Boca Raton
9. Lake Worth
10. Fort Pierce Westwood
Glades Central, Dwyer, Park Vista and Seminole Ridge didn’t budge. Each of them won relatively comfortably in Week 2. Glades Central and Dwyer take on fellow ranked teams (American Heritage and Pahokee, respectively) this week, but both are at home for those contests. Park Vista is at home against winless Spanish River on Thursday. Seminole Ridge has a tough home challenge on Thursday night against Jupiter.
The rest of rankings shifted slightly. We put a lot of street cred in American Heritage’s 35-14 win over Chaminade-Madonna of Hollywood, a team that went 12-1 last year. That’s why we jumped the Stallions up to No. 5.
That jump was paired with Jupiter Christian’s nerve-racking 35-31 win at Jensen Beach on Friday that slightly shook our confidence. The sixth-ranked Eagles have another tough game on deck, a big trip to No. 9 Lake Worth on Friday.
I won’t lie, neither Matt nor I had Lake Worth in any conversations about top 10-15 area teams to start the season. We thought the Trojans would be competitive, but we figured quarterback Evan Moore needed one more year to really, really blow up and make them a top 5A team in the area.
Sure, the junior Moore has started since his freshman year, but development at the high school level takes time. Yet he hasn’t wasted any time this season. After two games this year, Moore has thrown for 567 yards and seven touchdowns in a pair of wins. He also has three rushing touchdowns. He and the Trojans get a fantastic test at home against a fast, athletic and very talented Jupiter Christian club.
Pahokee ran through Inlet Grove on Friday night. After grinding out a win at Atlantic and Friday’s cruise, the Blue Devils have one of their two toughest games this season (the other being the Muck Bowl, of course) coming up. Pahokee is at Dwyer for what should be a good game.
Boca Raton stayed in the top 10 with its win over Palm Beach Lakes. The Bobcats recovered from an early 10-0 deficit and roared to a 23-10 win. But in a jam-packed District 8-6A that has Park Vista and Seminole Ridge ahead of them and Atlantic and Palm Beach Central nipping at their heels, the Bobcats need to get rolling fast.
The other new team joining the top 10 is Fort Pierce Westwood. Westwood has given up 22 points in two games, including an impressive 25-13 win over Treasure Coast to start the season. Both Westwood and Fort Pierce Central should be around the top 10 this year, and Treasure Coast has the talent to stick around as well.
Who dropped out? Previous No. 7 West Boca Raton lost at Vero Beach, 21-7. Vero is a tough place to play, but West Boca’s offense has to get going. The Bulls have a tough defense, but they need to be able to put up some points to be as good as they can be. They should hover around the top 10 all year, though.
Also, Glades Day is out. We kept them in last week because losing to Jupiter Christian, even though it was never close, is not a bad loss. But getting blown out again a week later was enough to bump the Gators, who lost 20-0 to Miami-Dade Christian. I really think Glades Day has the tools to make a run at a repeat state title, but right now, the Gators are long way away from talking about that.