Posted: 10:56 pm Monday, October 10th, 2011
By Matt Porter
Business as usual for teams in this week’s top 10, which stays the same as last week for the first time all season. That, coupled with the rash of non-district games, should make it a relatively quiet week.
Here’s the list, which records aside is exactly the same as last week:
1. Glades Central (5-0)
2. American Heritage (4-1)
3. Dwyer (4-1)
4. Fort Pierce Central (4-1)
5. Atlantic (5-1)
6. Park Vista (5-0)
7. Palm Beach Gardens (4-1)
8. Seminole Ridge (3-2)
9. Glades Day (3-2)
10. Cardinal Newman (5-0)
This week’s home game against Dillard should be the toughest game Glades Central has down the stretch. American Heritage’s next good test is Oct. 28 at Cardinal Newman, but it looks like smooth sailing from there.
After those two spots we could see changes, but probably not this week.
Dwyer’s next big test is at Atlantic Oct. 21. Dwyer has a very winnable district game against Santaluces this week, which Atlantic gets a week off to prepare.
Fort Pierce Central, big winners Monday night over Viera, has a bye this week before playing talented Martin County on the road.
Park Vista, still unbeaten, has Wellington this week. After that, the Cobras face district opponent Boca Raton on the road, host Palm Beach Gardens and visit John I. Leonard. Staying perfect through that stretch will be commendable, to say the least.
Seminole Ridge has a tough game this week against John I. Leonard, but the one that matters is the Hawks’ district game against Gardens Oct. 21. Both of those teams are unbeaten in a four-team 10-8A.
Cardinal Newman can move to 6-0 with a win over Pope John Paul II this week.
Glades Day-Village Academy is one of the best games this week. The Gators have to win this to stay atop District 7-2A. If not, three teams (Jupiter Christian is the other) would appear headed for a district tiebreaker, if they can avoid picking up a second district loss.
Royal Palm Beach could jump into the top 10 if anyone slips up. The Wildcats beat then-No. 6 Palm Beach Central two weeks ago, which is as close to a signature win as they have to this point. The iron of their schedule lies after this week’s Thursday game against West Boca, though; Royal Palm closes out with Lake Worth, Atlantic, Dwyer and Seminole Ridge. Plenty of opportunity to make a statement there.
Other teams in the running: Jupiter Christian, which has taken care of business since its last-second loss to Glades Day … John I. Leonard and the area’s most prolific passer, Adam Johnson (1,169 yards on 85-of-191 passing) … Palm Beach Central, which has proven itself talented but sloppy … Lake Worth, which has plenty of offense but put up a season-high 210 yards in penalties last week … Martin County, which has a chance to shock Fort Pierce Central in two weeks.