Posted: 8:51 pm Monday, November 15th, 2010

Inside the final football rankings of the regular season 

By Jeff Greer

Well, the top of our rankings started and ended the same way. Dwyer was tops, Glades Central was second. But you’ll notice the rest of our final top 10 football rankings are pretty different from the original top 10 in our preaseason top 25.

Only one area team finished undefeated, but a few of them are pre-playoff favorites to make runs deep into the state playoffs.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Dwyer 9-1
2. Glades Central 9-1
3. Fort Pierce Westwood 9-0
4. Seminole Ridge 9-1
5. American Heritage 7-3
6. Jupiter Christian 9-1
7. Fort Pierce Central 8-1
8. King’s Academy 9-1
9. Lake Worth 8-2
10. Cardinal Newman 7-3

The other teams who stuck in our top 10 after we ranked them there in the preseason: Seminole Ridge, American Heritage and Jupiter Christian. Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood worked their way in from just outside our preseason top 10, and Westwood climbed all the way up to third at season’s end.

But three teams jumped up from the 20s — or even from outside the preseason top 25 — to land a spot in the final top 10. Lake Worth (22) and Cardinal Newman (24) won a combined 15 games this year, and Lake Worth won its first district title in 24 years. Newman made the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

One team made the biggest jump: King’s Academy. The Lions went 9-1, losing only to American Heritage. They beat a preseason top 10 team in Glades Day and followed that blowout up with a 21-0 rout of Cardinal Newman.