Posted: 9:53 pm Monday, October 1st, 2012

Weekend Rewind: Inside the Top 10, plus photos, videos and more 

By Jeff Greer

You put one team in, you take another team out. You put another team in, and you shake them all about.

Palm Beach Central moves up in this week's rankings.

I know what you’re thinking: Did a 26-year-old man really just make a hokey pokey reference? He knows his bosses can see this, right? Good questions, both, but I promise it makes sense when applied to area football. At this point, we have no idea who should be ranked 10th. It’s October. There’ve been five weeks of games. And we’ve had five No. 10s — Atlantic, Cardinal Newman, Glades Day, Royal Palm Beach and Santaluces.

Well, make that six. Olympic Heights (5-0) joins the party, coming on down to the Post Top 10 after a 20-7 win over Boynton Beach kept the Lions undefeated through five weeks. To be honest, we’re still not so sure Heights is a Top 10 team. With all due respect to the fine coaches and players affiliated with the five teams Heights has beaten, we’re not sure those wins are all that powerful or impressive. But, until the Lions lose, they deserve the shine, especially with the defense they have.

The full Top 10
1. American Heritage (5-0): Continues to dominate local teams.
2. Dwyer (5-0): Rolled Friday without star running back.
3. Fort Pierce Central (4-0): Back-to-back impressive wins.
4. Palm Beach Gardens (4-1): Well-earned bye week.
5. Park Vista (5-0): Huge test vs. PB Central
6. Cardinal Newman (5-0): Woke up vs. King’s Academy.
7. Royal Palm Beach (2-1): Showed Santaluces the ropes on Friday.
8. Palm Beach Central (2-2): Wellington win perked up offense.
9. Glades Day (4-1): Can anyone stop Yulee RB Derrick Henry?
10. Olympic Heights (5-0): Allowed 15 points in past four games.
Also considered: Atlantic, John I. Leonard, Seminole Ridge, South Fork

Matt Burke (9) and Cardinal Newman escaped King's Academy with a win Friday night.

No changes in the top six, even with Cardinal Newman’s frightening experience at King’s Academy on Friday. Three factors at play in Newman’s 33-27 win: (1) Newman hadn’t played competition at that level yet, (2) King’s played a fantastic first half and has a feisty, good football team, and (3) running back Erick Hardnett, a key part of Newman’s game plan, missed the game with a cut finger, which he sliced in art class and needed stitches. I did not make that up.

MORE: Photos from the Newman-King’s game.

After that, Royal Palm Beach and Palm Beach Central move up to replace Glades Day, which lost 42-6 at Yulee. Now, not too many schools of Glades Day’s size would be able to stop Derrick Henry, Yulee’s small truck of a running back, so we didn’t penalize the Gators too much. We just think, if they played, Royal Palm and Central would beat Glades Day head-to-head.

MORE: Photos from Palm Beach Central’s win over Wellington.

Royal Palm, a team with a season of winning under its belt, put newly ranked Santaluces through the ringer, stifling the Chiefs en route to a blowout win. That’s the Royal Palm we expected this fall.

The Palm Beach Central we expected showed up Friday night, too, pasting cross-town rival Wellington. The offensive line and running back got going early and often, and the defense, which has allowed 25 points in the past three games, appears to be improving as the season rolls on.

We were impressed by Palm Beach Gardens’ win at John I. Leonard and Fort Pierce Central’s W at Vero Beach. Those wins, plus Park Vista’s romp of Jupiter, solidified Nos. 3-5.

We’ll keep an eye on Atlantic, Leonard, Seminole Ridge and South Fork as October starts up. There are a few chances for those teams to make their mark in the coming weeks.

Atlantic has three games in four weeks against West Boca, Dwyer and Royal Palm. All must-wins. Leonard starts its district slate this week against Boca. Seminole Ridge gets Palm Beach Gardens in two weeks, and South Fork gets Olympic Heights at the end of the month.

As always, check our stats page for the numbers you want to see. And for up-to-the-minute updates on Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast high school football, follow Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer) and Matt Porter (@mattyports) on Twitter.