Posted: 1:41 pm Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Final area football rankings of the season 

By Jeff Greer

The end of the regular season is a good time for reflection. A few teams that didn’t crack the preseason top 10 are now mainstays. Let’s take a look back and see how we did, and then take a look forward, and see how some of the state power polls think the state finals will turn out.

Picking a Preseason Top 25 in high school football isn’t easy. Unlike any other level of competitive football, these groups are pretty unpredictable after the first few powerhouses. Take a look at our final top 10, and then compare it to our Preseason Top 25. I’ve listed the Preseason Top 25 ranking of each team in parentheses.

Final 2011 top 10
1. Glades Central (2)
2. American Heritage (3)
3. Dwyer (1)
4. Fort Pierce Central (14)
5. Park Vista (19)
6. Seminole Ridge (4)
7. Palm Beach Gardens (18)
8. Royal Palm Beach (24)
9. Palm Beach Central (10)
10. Cardinal Newman (20)
Also considered: Glades Day (6), Jupiter Christian (7), Martin County (11)

Here’s a list of teams that we ranked in the Preseason Top 25 that aren’t in our final top 10 (preseason ranks in parentheses): Atlantic (5), Lake Worth (8), Treasure Coast (9), Suncoast (12), Jupiter (13), Boca Raton (15), West Boca Raton (16), John I. Leonard (17), King’s Academy (21), Boynton Beach (22), Wellington (23), Village Academy (25).

Enough of that. Take a look at Joe Pinkos’ forecast for the 2011 state championship games:

Class 1A: Union County over Northview
Class 2A: North Florida Christian over Jupiter Christian
Class 3A: University School over Madison County
Class 4A: Booker T. Washington over Bolles
Class 5A: Norland over Jesuit
Class 6A: Armwood over Miami Central
Class 7A: Manatee over Lincoln
Class 8A: Plant over Seminole Ridge

And using the Lazindex ratings, here are the finals as projected by those ratings:

Class 1A: Union County over Northview
Class 2A: North Florida Christian over Evangelical Christian
Class 3A: Madison County over Berkeley Prep
Class 4A: Bolles over Miami Washington
Class 5A: Glades Central over Jesuit
Class 6A: Armwood over Miami Central
Class 7A: Manatee over Lakeland
Class 8A: Plant over Miramar

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