Posted: 7:33 pm Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Second-round playoff football previews for Palm Beach County, Treasure Coast 

By Matt Porter

There are eight area teams playing in six games Friday night. For easy digestion, here are all our previews in one place. Enjoy.

CLASS 8AIn regional semifinals, Seminole Ridge and Palm Beach Central ramp up the rivalry: It’s the game both teams expected to play at some point. Palm Beach Central and Seminole Ridge were slated for a season-opening game in Wellington, but Hurricane Isaac, then a tropical storm, had other plans. Both teams made their way through their districts and one round of the playoffs, and here we are. The symmetry’s nice, but that’s not all that’s special about this one.

CLASS 7ADwyer’s dominant defense tries to contain Boyd Anderson: A dual-threat quarterback like Boyd Anderson’s Greg Hankerson can give any team fits, but Dwyer devours playmakers of all types. That defense is the main reason the Panthers are favored in round two.

CLASS 7AFort Pierce Central meets rival Martin County: Think they’re getting sick of each other? For the fourth time in two seasons (and second time in two consecutive playoffs), Fort Pierce Central and Martin County are playing one another. Can Central get its fourth win in four tries and set up a probable matchup against powerhouse Bradenton-Manatee?

CLASS 5AGlades Central hitting its stride in playoffs? Another rematch in the playoffs, and this one’s in 5A between Glades Central and Merritt Island. The Raiders have won seven games in a row and look primed for a playoff run that virtually no one expected at the conclusion of September.

CLASS 3A American Heritage, University meet in powerhouse matchup: Perhaps the most anticipated high school football game in the country is right here. Heritage travels to University for a big-time matchup complete with more than 20 Division I prospects, great coaching, big boys and a lot of speed.

CLASS 2APlayoff Primer 2012: Kelvin Taylor, Glades Day cruise into Dade Christian: The challenge for any team facing Glades Day is stopping one of the nation’s best backs, senior Kelvin Taylor. While Dade Christian is 10-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, they might be too banged-up to do it with a trip to the final four on the line.