Posted: 4:16 pm Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Counting down the Palm Beach Post’s preseason football Top 25 

By Post Staff

Leading up to the Aug. 26 release of the Post’s football season preview, we’ll preview the top 25 teams in the area. For your convenience, we present the stories in one place:

(Click school name for preview story.)

25. Suncoast hopes for stability at the top with new coach Jim Clark.

24. Boynton Beach will air it out with senior quarterback Jake Lutzen and a deep cast of receivers.

23. Santaluces is still young, but a good defense could make it hard to play.

22. Lake Worth will be led by sophomore quarterback Luis Peguero, who takes over for the highly productive Evan Moore.

21. Pahokee is far from its days of national prominence, but there’s hope for this season.

20. West Boca Raton looks to “smash and dash” with running backs Eugene Bethea and David Tanis.

19. Village Academy produced its first Division I player last year, but wants its first playoff spot.

18. King’s Academy coach Heath Nivens takes over an already strong program.

17. Jupiter believes new coach Doug Uccellini will get the program moving forward.

16. John I. Leonard has a more mature Adam Johnson at quarterback and a fleet of receivers.

15. Treasure Coast wants it to be about family this year.

14. Centennial has what many other teams don’t: a deep, dominant crew of offensive and defensive linemen.

13. Boca Raton likes its chances this year after cleaning house midway through last season.

12. Glades Day is reloaded and hungry for a state title in Kelvin Taylor’s senior year.

11. Cardinal Newman has five good options on offense and a clear path back to the playoffs.

10. Atlantic has all the talent in the world, just like every year, but can the Eagles finally put it all together?

9. Park Vista returns plenty of offense and got the most out of its preseason practices.

8. Palm Beach Gardens lost a lot, but still looks primed to win with new faces.

7. Palm Beach Central figures it’s about time for its first playoff win.

6. Royal Palm Beach second-year coach Willie Bueno has whipped his program into shape.

5. Fort Pierce Central hopes a spring-game loss can refocus the team for another playoff run this fall.

4. Seminole Ridge relies on organization and discipline to produce yearly winners, and this year’s no different.

3. Glades Central hopes to reveal new names and stars in the wake of significant departures of familiar talent.

2. American Heritage hired an assistant to take over for departed coach Doug Socha, and the system keeps on going.

1. Dwyer owns a loaded defense and plenty of speed at receiver, so finding a quarterback and consistent O-line play are the main goals.