Posted: 4:25 pm Monday, September 27th, 2010

Inside the football rankings 

By Jeff Greer

This week’s top 10 doesn’t have too many changes from last week. Three top-10 teams were idle and two of them played each other. Only one top-10 lost. 

Let’s break down why we ranked these 10 teams and why we didn’t rank a few others.

 That lone losing ranked team, Boca Raton, dropped out, making way for a new school, Cardinal Newman. Other than that, literally nothing changed.

Here’s this week’s top 10:

  1. Glades Central 4-0
  2. Dwyer 2-1
  3. Park Vista 4-0
  4. Seminole Ridge 4-0
  5. Jupiter Christian 3-0
  6. American Heritage 2-2
  7. Fort Pierce Westwood 4-0
  8. West Boca Raton 3-1
  9. Cardinal Newman 4-0
  10. Atlantic 2-1

Seminole Ridge crushed Boca Raton, 49-14, in the Game of the Week. At 1-2, Boca has struggled offensively this season. Seminole Ridge showed why its our fourth-ranked team with a methodical destruction of the Bobcats. Gary Holmes and Tyler Butler are a tough duo to handle, and Trevor Vanscoy, Alex Pierre and Thomas Fragale give the Hawks some nice secondary options in their run-heavy offense, too.

Like I said, losing dropped Boca out and opened up a spot for a newcomer. Ladies and gentlemen, Cardinal Newman.

At 4-0, the Crusaders are conjuring up memories of yesteryear. Honestly, we took a wait-and-see approach with them when they reached 3-0. We wanted to see how they did against Pahokee. A 14-7 win without two of its key players was enough to convince Matt and I that Newman needs to be ranked.

Park Vista played without stud linemen Cody Preble and Mike Matulis, but Tre Mason still ran for 296 yards and three scores in a 35-13 win over Palm Beach Central. Mason has 667 rushing yards and averages a cool 9.9 yards a carry. He has 10 touchdowns, too.

Top-ranked Glades Central (4-0) started slow and won a sloppy game over Royal Palm Beach. That’s two shaky wins in a row for the Raiders, who committed five turnovers and racked up 163 penalty yards against Royal Palm. QB Jamarious Rowley will line up at linebacker this week against Clewiston, a game the Raiders expect to win.

American Heritage (2-2) absolutely rolled Pope John Paul II, 70-0. The Stallions took out their frustration on PJP after losing 20-18 to Glades Central the week before. They rushed for 343 yards in the blowout.

A lot of people are talking about Fort Pierce Westwood rising in the ranks in 3A. The Panthers kept rolling with a 27-7 win against Titusville. Travares Copeland and Wonderful Terry have provided a powerful punch for a defensively-sound Westwood club.

Speaking of defense, West Boca’s showed up (again) this week, closing down an athletic Palm Beach Lakes team in a 22-7 win. At 3-1, the Bulls are the 5A team to beat in the county. Robert Lockhart is making a name for himself at receiver. He has 233 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Alex Prakas is off to a nice start, too.

West Boca’s game against Wellington will all but decide the District 13-5A title, and given the way the teams are playing, the Bulls have to be the strong favorites.

Dwyer and Atlantic were idle, and now they get to play each other in Delray. Standout  tight end Nick O’Leary will be back for the Panthers.

Jupiter Christian (3-0) was also off this past weekend, and now the Eagles get Berean Christian in a game they should win.

Teams we also considered (in no particular order): Fort Pierce Central, Glades Day, Lake Worth, King’s Academy, Santaluces.