Posted: 4:58 pm Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Notebook: Dwyer, Fort Pierce Central to play spring game, Jupiter set to name coach, Lakes lineman commits 

By Matt Porter

Two of the state’s top teams in Class 7A, Dwyer and Fort Pierce Central, will play each other in their spring game.

Dwyer head coach Jack Daniels confirmed a report by ESPN 760’s Wells Dusenbury that said the teams are to face each other in May.

The report said the location of the game is contingent on the day of the game. If scheduled on a Thursday, the game will be played at Fort Pierce Central. A Friday game would be played at Dwyer in Palm Beach Gardens.

Both teams nearly met in the Class 7A playoffs last year. Dwyer lost in the state semifinals to Bradenton-Manatee, which beat Fort Pierce Central in the regional finals.

In other off-season news, Daniels told the Post he had three of his four non-league opponents lined up. Expect the Panthers to play Seminole Ridge, Jupiter and Glades Central again this year. His other non-league opponent would be Military Trail rival Palm Beach Gardens — if the sides can agree to a game. Last year, they could not.

That means American Heritage, which had expressed a wish to play Dwyer in 2012, likely won’t get that chance. They might have played in a kickoff classic, but Dwyer is on the second year of a two-year agreement with Miami Central.

Daniels also said junior-to-be Robbie Nittolo, Dwyer’s junior varsity quarterback in 2011, is recovering from a broken ankle and “is a little bit behind.” It appears that either Nittolo or upcoming senior Clay Meister, who filled in at center for the varsity last season, will vie for the starting QB spot.

Jupiter to name coach: Jupiter Athletic Director Mike Deleonardo said Monday his administration is interviewing the third of three finalists for the open head football coaching job, vacated by the retired Charlie Persson. The school will announce Persson’s successor Tuesday.

Copeland down to three: Treasure Coast senior Travares Copeland (6-0, 180, No. 10 on the Big Board) said he will choose between West Virginia, Rutgers and Florida International on signing day. While projected as a wide receiver in college, Copeland played quarterback for Treasure Coast and Fort Pierce Westwood, from which he transferred after his junior year. He passed for 4,007 yards and 44 touchdowns over three years.

Lakes lineman commits: Palm Beach Lakes lineman Kevin Kenton committed to Tennessee State.

In his senior year, Kenton (6-3, 278) collected 35 pancakes while playing center and left tackle. He had three sacks and 52 tackles as a defensive tackle. He is projected to play center in college.

Tennessee State, located in Nashville, competes in the Football Championship Subdivision’s Ohio Valley Conference.