Posted: 3:25 pm Monday, October 4th, 2010

Inside the football Top 10: Week 6 rankings 

By Matt Porter

The No. 10 spot in our rankings continues to be a battle. This week, another newcomer breaks through.

Olympic Heights (3-1) avenged last year’s blowout loss to Boca Raton with a convincing 28-21 win. The Lions’ lone loss this year was a tight one on the road against Hallandale, which knocked off defending Class 6A state champs Miramar last week.

Olympic Heights’ next big test will be Oct. 22, when it hosts No. 7 West Boca Raton.

Interestingly, Olympic Heights beat Boca without completing a pass (1 attempt). However, they ran the ball 53 times for 352 yards. David Tanis (21 carries, 155 yards) and Tavon Jenkins (12-148) did whatever they wanted to do in the first half.

Here’s how the rankings shake out:

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

No. 1 Glades Central, who hosts Boca Raton this week, took care of Clewiston on the road. No surprise there.

Bolstered by the return of Nick O’Leary, No. 2 Dwyer jumped all over Atlantic in a 41-15 win. The Panthers are still in search of a clean ballgame — they were flagged 17 times for 188 yards. They host Palm Beach Lakes this week in a District 15-4A battle.

No. 3 Park Vista and No. 4 Seminole Ridge were idle — we won’t know who’s better until Oct. 29, when the teams play in Loxahatchee. This week, Seminole Ridge has Palm Beach Central; Park Vista has Atlantic. Park Vista travels to Dwyer next Thursday in what should be one of the season’s best games.

No. 5 Jupiter Christian routed Berean Christian thanks to star running back Trey Pendergrass, who carried five times for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and QB Keddy Bostic, who threw for 87 yards and two TDs. The Eagles’ offense is averaging more than 46 points a game.

No. 6 Fort Pierce Westwood and No. 7 West Boca Raton were idle. West Boca can plant its flag at the top of District 13-5A when it hosts Wellington (1-4).

No. 8 American Heritage (2-3) lost, but we can’t drop them too far because Orlando-Jones (no, not that Orlando Jones) is quite good. Jones (5-0) was ranked No. 5 among 2A schools last week, and escaped Delray with a 15-7 win.

No. 9 Cardinal Newman won despite all their ailments. Senior running back Troy Campana (hip) carried 14 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns, and the Crusaders’ banged-up offensive line offered more than enough protection for QB Brett Benes (12-17, 248 yards). Benes threw an 85-yard TD pass to Travis Rudolph to clinch a 28-20 win at Fort Lauderdale-Pine Crest.

Also considered, in no particular order: Atlantic (2-2), Fort Pierce Central (4-0), Jensen Beach (3-1), King’s Academy (5-0), Lake Worth (4-1) and Glades Day (3-2).