Posted: 5:25 pm Monday, October 24th, 2011

Football: Inside the Week 8 rankings 

By Matt Porter

More than a little bit of movement in the latest Post top 10. Every position past the top three spots is in flux, with teams in, out, dropping, sliding and falling.

Below are the weekly rankings. Click here to see player and team stats leaders.

1. Glades Central (7-0)
2. American Heritage (5-1)
3. Dwyer (6-1)
4. Fort Pierce Central (5-1)
5. Park Vista (7-0)
6. Seminole Ridge (5-2)
7. Palm Beach Gardens (5-2)
8. Atlantic (5-2)
9. Royal Palm Beach (6-1)
10. Cardinal Newman (7-0)

No changes at the top. Glades Central and American Heritage stay thanks to routs of lesser competition, while Dwyer holds its spot thanks to a shutout win against former No. 5 Atlantic. We have concerns about Dwyer’s offense, which has plenty of power running but hasn’t shown consistency in the passing game, but that’s a question for beyond the regular season. The Panthers should be able to handle make the playoffs thanks to that overwhelming defense.

After those three, it gets interesting.

Start with a pair of Cobras tangling at the No. 4 and 5 spots. Park Vista merited consideration to move up thanks to its district title win over Boca Raton. Hard to jump them over Fort Pierce Central, which had a dominant shutout win over Martin County. If Fort Pierce Central beats Centennial this week, they’ll solidify that spot. If Central falters, and Park Vista beats Palm Beach Gardens in our Game of the Week, we’re talking a different scenario.*

The No. 6 and 7 spots are separated by an extra point. No. 6 Seminole Ridge jumps over former No. 6 Gardens thanks to Friday’s 28-27 win. This week, Ridge has the same Boca team that gave Park Vista fits last week.

Nos. 8 and 9 are two teams heading in different directions. Atlantic’s goose egg laid against Dwyer drops it from No. 5 to No. 8. The Eagles are talented, but inconsistency on offense has dogged them for weeks and their playoff standing is in danger. Meanwhile, Royal Palm Beach enters the ranks for the first time in several years. After last year’s 1-9 season, the comeback ‘Cats are in line for a playoff spot. If they beat – guess who – Atlantic this week, they’ll get it.

Still unbeaten, it’s hard to leave Cardinal Newman at No. 10, but the strength of schedule just isn’t in line with the larger schools. If the ‘Saders upset American Heritage this week for the district title, the balance of power shifts, but that’s a heck of a mountain to climb.

Haven’t talked about Centennial much this season, but the Eagles are a slam-dunk to enter the ranks with a win at Fort Pierce Central this week. They made a huge statement last week by winning at Vero Beach, but early-season losses to Melbourne and Merritt Island kept them out of a solid top 10.

Jupiter Christian and Glades Day, who lost last week, are on the outside looking in. Treasure Coast merits a thought after winning a favorable large school-small school game with Jupiter Christian. Martin County, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Central have dropped from consideration.

*This paragraph has been updated.