Posted: 7:25 pm Monday, November 5th, 2012
By Matt Porter
We felt pretty confident in last week’s area top 10. Nothing’s changed this week, not our confidence, and certainly not the rankings. Let’s take a look:
1. American Heritage (9-0) Huge Thursday game with Dwyer
2. Fort Pierce Central (8-0) Healthy Levy a difference-maker
3. Atlantic (7-2) District champ Eagles are no joke
4. Dwyer (8-1) Could QB problems finally be solved?
5. Palm Beach Central (6-2) 8A playoffs will be brutal
6. Seminole Ridge (5-2) Coming on at the right time
7. Palm Beach Gardens (6-2) Shouldn’t take Lake Worth lightly
8. Park Vista (7-1) Not quite clicking right now
9. Royal Palm Beach (5-3) Disappointing end to playoff race
10. Glades Central (5-4) Second-half surge impressive
For the first week of the 2012 season, we didn’t move any teams in the top 10. What you see above is the exact same top 10 as last Monday.
Who would we have moved? Top-ranked American Heritage had a week off thanks to outside circumstances. Fort Pierce Central easily handled Port St. Lucie last Thursday, as did 2012 District 13-7A champion Atlantic against Lake Worth. If Dwyer had lost to Royal Palm Beach, those teams might be flipping spots, but since Dwyer took care of business, it stays above the group of four 8A teams in the middle of the poll. If Dwyer beats American Heritage this week in a much-anticipated Thursday game, you can bet your last electoral vote we’re going to change up the top 10.
About that 8A four-pack: Palm Beach Central’s O-line and run game is the best weapon any of those four teams has. They vaulted to that rank with their 45-7 win over Park Vista on Oct. 5, and three convincing wins since then haven’t given us a second thought about knocking them down. Seminole Ridge is on the way up, and could get a shot at Central in the second round of the playoffs (you’ll remember Ridge and Central were supposed to play Aug. 31, but Hurricane Isaac had other plans). Palm Beach Gardens’ Oct. 19 loss to Ridge put them decidedly behind the Hawks, but they too could have a shot in Round Two. Despite blowing out Boca and last week’s two-touchdown win over John I. Leonard, Park Vista still needs to prove it isn’t the same team lost to Central by 38. Just another juicy potential rematch for Round 2 of the 8A playoffs.
Finally, Glades Central sticks around after wrapping up the District 14-5A title lsat week at Boynton Beach. As expected, the Raiders have cruised through their district slate, outscoring opponents 177-13 in four games. John I. Leonard, Glades Day, Cardinal Newman and Olympic Heights also have an argument for No. 10, but the Raiders are the best fit.
Picture show: We were at five games last week because Sandy decided to create Monday Night Football in Palm Beach County. Check out photo galleries from Royal Palm-Atlantic, Palm Beach Central-Boca, Park Vista-Leonard, Glades Central-Boynton and Dwyer-Royal Palm by clicking here.
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