Posted: 5:25 pm Monday, October 17th, 2011

Inside the Week 7 rankings 

By Jeff Greer

Last week we called the Oct. 14 games the “calm before the storm” and we were right. Nothing really moved the meter, and our top 10 looks exactly like last week’s.

But don’t expect it to stay that way. This may be the last time you see this order of teams. Why? Look at the schedule. There are so many good games this week, it hurts to think about it. At least nine games will go a long way toward deciding district titles and home playoff games. Just ask some of the area’s top home teams — Glades Central and Seminole Ridge, to name a few — how important a home playoff game is.

So, soak in this week’s top 10, complete with records and this week’s game:

1. Glades Central (6-0) — at Fort Pierce Westwood, 7:30 p.m.
2. American Heritage (4-1) — vs. Benjamin, 7 p.m.
3. Dwyer (5-1) — at Atlantic, 7 p.m.
4. Fort Pierce Central (4-1) — at Martin County, 7 p.m.
5. Atlantic (5-1) — vs. Dwyer, 7 p.m.
6. Park Vista (6-0) — at Boca Raton, 7 p.m.
7. Palm Beach Gardens (5-1) — at Seminole Ridge, 7:30 p.m.
8. Seminole Ridge (4-2) — vs. Palm Beach Gardens, 7:30 p.m.
9. Glades Day (4-2) — vs. Ocala Trinity Catholic, 7 p.m.
10. Cardinal Newman (6-0) — vs. Fort Lauderdale-Calvary Christian, 7 p.m.
Also considered: Royal Palm Beach, Jupiter Christian, Martin County, Lake Worth.

The hardest part of this week’s poll was keeping Royal Palm Beach out. The Wildcats are rolling right now, with four consecutive wins, including a 17-7 grinder over West Boca on Friday. They’ll play another “also considered” team this Friday, Lake Worth, in a huge district game. And that game will be played with one eye on Atlantic-Dwyer, another massive matchup in District 13-7A. All four of those teams have designs on the playoffs, and they’ll help us clear up the rankings a bit more on Friday night.

Meanwhile the top two look pretty solid and probably will stay there for the remainder of the regular season. While there are a few tough games on American Heritage‘s schedule, the Stallions will be favorites in each of them. Glades Central should cruise through its final four games, though it’ll be interesting to see the Raiders match up with Boynton Beach’s massive offensive line on Nov. 4. At this point, both teams are starting to prepare for highly anticipated playoff runs.

Fort Pierce Central is another team locked into a major district game this week, with a road tilt at Martin County. The Cobras had Friday off after drubbing Viera in their district opener on Monday the 10th. Martin County, which is 5-2, is the first of three solid opponents for Fort Pierce Central — the Cobras still have dates with Port St. Lucie and Centennial on the schedule.

Park Vista just keeps cruising along. Its 41-14 win over Wellington was expected. Now Vista gets a very important district game at Boca Raton. The Bobcats are 1-0 in the district despite a lackluster season otherwise, and a win here for Vista can all but clinch a playoff spot.

Gardens and Seminole Ridge meet on Friday night after cruising to easy non-district wins last week. Both teams are in a groove, having both won three in a row, and they’re playing as well as anyone in the area. Should be a packed house in Loxahatchee with a district title likely on the line.

Glades Day, our ninth-ranked club, has a nice home challenge against Ocala-Trinity Catholic. Trinity Catholic won the state championship back in 2005, and produced Florida quarterback John Brantley. Glades Day, which probably clinched a district title with a win over Village on Friday night, is hoping to win its eighth state title this year. Glades Day should keep rolling into its inevitable rematch with Jupiter Christian in the postseason.

Another small school, Cardinal Newman, rounds out the top 10. The Crusaders coasted past Pope John Paul II on Friday, and this week, they’ll lock horns with Fort Lauderdale-Calvary Christian with a lot on the line. A win here puts Newman in a great position to make the playoffs, regardless of how it does against American Heritage on Oct. 28.

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