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

Fort Pierce Central up, Atlantic down in new football rankings 

By Jeff Greer

Friday night’s District 8-6A showdown between Seminole Ridge and Atlantic came down to the final minute. In a game that lived up to its pre-game hype, Atlantic drove down to the Seminole Ridge 18-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. Seminole Ridge held on to win 28-21.

The win put Seminole Ridge (7-0, 3-0 in 8-6A) in the fast lane to a district title. If the Hawks beat Park Vista (5-2, 1-1 in 8-6A), Seminole Ridge will win its first-ever district title. That’s a testament to how good Seminole Ridge is this year.

And that’s why we kept Atlantic in this week’s rankings (and didn’t drop the Eagles too much). The Eagles now get Boca Raton and Palm Beach Central to finish the season. Beating Park Vista means that Atlantic just needs to win its other two district games and hope that Ridge upends Vista.

We moved up Fort Pierce Central after the Cobras topped district rival Martin County. The win secured Fort Pierce Central’s fourth district title in six seasons under coach Chris Hutchings.

Cardinal Newman also climbed after Atlantic lost. But we couldn’t in good conscience put Park Vista ahead of Atlantic, so we dropped those two and jumped Cardinal Newman up.

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

Interesting fact: In its two district games, Dwyer outscored Palm Beach Lakes and Okeechobee 112-6. The Panthers play Royal Palm, West Boca and Jupiter to finish the year. None of those games will be close, but it’ll be fun to see some of the area’s top players take on the Dwyer secondary. Royal Palm junior receiver Tremaine McCullough, West Boca receiver Robert Lockhart and running back Marquis Jones and Jupiter quarterback Tyler Cameron will all get a chance to test their mettle against a good Dwyer defense.

Glades Central has this week off. That means the Raiders can use the extra week of practice to regroup their offense now that Kelvin Benjamin has moved on. There’s no shortage of candidates: seniors Davonte Allen and Jaqavein Oliver and junior Jaime Wilson have all put up big numbers this year.

Fort Pierce Westwood plays in its biggest game of the year at Jensen Beach on Friday. Jensen’s Tevin Wilson has quietly put up the second-best rushing numbers among big schools running backs. Westwood’s defense has been great this season, allowing 10.8 points a game. Jensen scores 36 a game. Something’s gotta give.

I saw American Heritage for the first time when the Stallions crushed King’s Academy. American Heritage has so many offensive weapons that it almost doesn’t know what to do with all of them. The Stallions will be a tough out in the playoffs, and should continue rolling with games against Benjamin, Calvary Christian and Inlet Grove.

Jupiter Christian gets the always-fun task of playing two games in one week. Summit Christian asked JCS to play tonight (Monday) instead of playing on Friday. So the Eagles will get four days to prepare for Zion Lutheran on Saturday. Coach Bill Powers will be hoping his players can avoid injuries on Monday, especially with a Class 1B-sized roster.

The other teams we considered for the top 10 include Lake Worth, Glades Day, Jensen Beach, West Boca Raton, King’s, Martin County and Treasure Coast.

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