Posted: 10:12 pm Thursday, August 25th, 2011
By Jeff Greer
We had a scuffle and an upset on Wednesday, parts of a hurricane on Thursday, and a jam-packed day of football on Friday. Talk about back-loading a week, right?
But who cares about all that? You guys want predictions. You can have them.
After Wednesday night, I was 3-2 on my picks and Matt was 2-3. When I hit publish for this blog update, there were two Thursday kickoff classics still going. So, for now, I’m in the preseason lead.
Enough babbling. Here are our picks for Friday’s games:
All games at 7 unless noted.
Hollywood-Sheridan Hills Christian at Boca Raton Christian, 4
It’ll be the first look at new Boca Christian coach Clay Shiver.
Jeff’s pick: Sheridan Hills Christian, 14-6.
Matt’s pick: Sheridan Hills Christian, 21-10.
Atlantic at Deerfield
Deerfield’s a young team with a wing-T offense, but Atlantic has the potential to be very good this year. Atlantic’s offensive line must hold up and it must get consistent quarterback play.
Jeff: Atlantic, 28-13.
Matt: Atlantic, 24-13.
Centennial at Fort Pierce Westwood
Westwood will look nothing like it did a season ago with its wide range of playmakers. Centennial has a solid defensive group, but it needs an offensive spark.
Jeff: Fort Pierce Westwood, 16-13.
Matt: Centennial, 27-21.
Clewiston at South Fork
Clewiston is still working on its return to power, but the Tigers are a work in progress. South Fork, on the other hand, has lots of returning talent and has designs on a district title.
Jeff: South Fork, 28-14.
Matt: South Fork, 12-7.
Fort Pierce Central at Treasure Coast
The new spread offense at Central has the Cobras riding high entering the 2011 season. T-Coast has a new toy in playmaking QB Travares Copeland.
Jeff: Fort Pierce Central, 35-27.
Matt: Treasure Coast, 28-18.
Glades Day at Cardinal Newman
Kelvin Taylor looks strong as ever for Glades Day, but the John Barr-to-Steven Williams connection will be one to watch. Cardinal Newman had a great offseason — will that carry over to a nice preseason win against a proven winner?
Jeff: Glades Day, 35-31.
Matt: Glades Day, 35-24.
Hialeah-Champagnat Catholic at Village Academy (Seacrest Sports Complex)
If Village really wants to turn the corner and be a more competitive small school, it’ll need to start off on the right foot.
Jeff: Village, 18-15.
Matt: Village, 21-10.
Hollywood Hills at Seminole Ridge
Seminole Ridge has more speed than ever, but this will be a tough matchup for the Hawks against a good Hollywood Hills team. The young defense and lines will be tested, as will new quarterback Antwan Washington.
Jeff: Seminole Ridge, 28-20.
Matt: Seminole Ridge, 45-10.
Martin County at John I. Leonard
Martin County’s 27 seniors and relentless rushing attack will be back this year. Leonard has an impressive stable of athletes. This is one of the top games in the area.
Jeff: Martin County, 35-27.
Matt: John I. Leonard, 24-22.
Miami Central at Dwyer
Two teams, two sets of state-title aspirations. Dwyer has enough to contend for the Class 7A crown, and a cohesive effort against the defending Class 6A champs will go a long way in showing the Panthers how high their ceiling could be.
Jeff: Dwyer, 30-27.
Matt: Dwyer, 24-20.
Palm Beach Lakes at Jupiter
Jupiter has the most proven commodity on either team in QB Tyler Cameron. Can the Warriors find him weapons to take the pressure off? Lakes is an intriguing team this season, and its district is a wide-open one, too.
Jeff: Jupiter, 16-14.
Matt: Jupiter, 28-22.
Royal Palm Beach at King’s Academy
King’s Academy’s secondary and running attack looked great against Wellington in the spring. Royal Palm’s offense found its rhythm late in its spring game against Glades Day. We’ll see how much progress both teams have made.
Jeff: King’s Academy, 24-20.
Matt: King’s Academy, 34-17.
Spanish River at Forest Hill
This would’ve been a Goose Egg Classic in previous years, but both teams are starting to feel some confidence. Spanish River has newcomer Reggie Love, an interesting prospect at receiver, while Forest Hill has playmakers in Mikey Bullard and Shaborn Marshall.
Jeff: Forest Hill, 20-16.
Matt: Forest Hill, 17-10.
Summit Christian at Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II has a new coach in Matt Dillon, who brings an old-school mindset with him to Boca. Summit played against some of the big boys at this summer’s events. It’ll be fun to see if those challenges paid off.
Jeff: Pope John Paul II, 16-8.
Matt: Summit Christian, 12-7.
Wellington at Suncoast
Wellington’s offensive and defensive lines were porous this spring (having to replace an entire O-line is tough), but FB Andy LeMay and QB Tyler Vanacore give Wellington some punch. Suncoast’s defense will be its strong point all year, and it should do well against Wellington.
Jeff: Suncoast, 21-6.
Matt: Suncoast, 27-10.
West Boca Raton at Olympic Heights
West Boca’s rushing attack will be fast and efficient, and its defense will be its strong point all season. O-Heights changed up its entire schemes under new coach Travis Johnson, so this will be the Lions’ first chance to test their new setup.
Jeff: West Boca Raton, 21-8.
Matt: West Boca Raton, 12-7.
Glades Central at Lauderdale Lakes-Boyd Anderson, 7:30
Glades Central’s defense will show up every week this season. The question is, can the offensive line protect QB Tanner Redish, and can Redish handle his new team’s speed? This will be a great test for Redish before his team takes on Dwyer next week. Boyd Anderson is as athletic as it comes in Florida.
Jeff: Glades Central, 20-14.
Matt: Glades Central, 42-15.
Jensen Beach at Vero Beach, 7:30
Vero’s got a new coach in place, but as always, there’s enough talent to go around. Jensen’s looking to rebuild a bit, and this is a tough challenge out of the gate.
Jeff: Vero Beach, 28-14.
Matt: Vero Beach, 33-13.
Jupiter Christian at Pahokee, 7:30
In this game last year, Jupiter Christian gave Pahokee plenty to worry about with a rout. The challenge remains as difficult as last year’s. It’s up to a much younger Pahokee team to respond better than the Blue Devils did a year ago.
Jeff: Jupiter Christian 31-14.
Matt: Jupiter Christian, 38-10.
Port St. Lucie at Palm Beach Gardens, 7:30
Gardens would like its dismal 56-7 spring-game loss to go away. The Gators, without their top offensive lineman Avery Young, will need their two senior running backs to create for the offense. Port St. Lucie has plenty of athleticism to challenge Gardens. This could be a pretty solid matchup.
Jeff: Palm Beach Gardens, 14-6.
Matt: Palm Beach Gardens, 7-3.