Posted: 5:31 pm Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
By Jeff Greer
We’re back for another edition the Ask Me Anything weekly mailbag. Here, I’ll take questions on high school football, recruiting and any other topic you choose.
The season’s started, so naturally fans’ anger levels have ticked up a notch. We’re still getting some gold, especially from Twitter, where I was asked if I would pick up some milk (no) and which Twix bar is better, left or right (all’s equal, my friends).
We’re starting this week off with a touchy subject: My understanding of Glades Central football from an inside perspective vs. the outlandish and outdated expectations of the fan base.
Big Bear: Every year I follow the Post and I observe your comments. For the sake of me I can’t figure out how you go on and on about these Palm Beach County schools and each year you get more and more disrespectful to the true king of Palm Beach County (Glades Central). The Raiders put Palm Beach County on the map and you would do best to remember that. I know you folks on the coast have gotten sick of hearing about the dominance that the Muck has had on coastal teams but let’s face facts and be for real: The numbers don’t lie. You labeled Dwyer the obvious best team in Palm Beach County. Let’s get one thing straight: You don’t crown a team better than another team just because you feel like it, especially when that team has only one win against the true kings of Palm Beach County. I just wrote this to remind you that whenever you start talking about Palm Beach County football, you always start by talking about the undisputed kings of Palm Beach County, the mighty, mighty Raiders.
Jeff Greer: Every year, Big Bear, the first school I visit is Glades Central. Every fall. Every spring. I spent most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons essentially embedded with the Raiders. But “more and more disrespectful” implies I don’t respect the program, which is misguided. There’s no denying the great history Central has. It is one of the most historic high school football programs in Florida. The Raiders most certainly helped put Palm Beach County on the map as far as football goes. (Carver winning titles in 1968-69 helped, too.) The numbers don’t lie: Glades Central, along with Glades Day and Pahokee, have the most state titles of anyone here.
That said, I did label Dwyer the best team this year in Palm Beach County. And the only other team that comes close is American Heritage. No one else. And then, after I ranked them as I did, they traveled to Belle Glade and won by five touchdowns. I only picked Dwyer to win that game by one touchdown. Turns out the teams were farther apart than I thought, at least in Week 1. Unfortunately they won’t play in Week 11 or 12, which would give us a much better idea of how they match up. I expect Glades Central to improve a lot as the season goes, like it does every year.
Now, part of my job is “crowning” teams. We’re asked to put out rankings, which are educated guesses. The rankings list teams in order. I approach it with one simple thought: Would Team X beat Team Y? If yes, then X is rated higher than Y. And so on. Glades Central has some serious, serious offensive issues. The Raiders have two quarterbacks, and on Friday it was obvious what the play call was based on which quarterback was in. They ran a hurry-up set once, and had success, but the other times they tried to hurry up, they took too long or the linemen were simply too tired. The defense was exhausted despite playing relatively well. So, yes, Dwyer is a better team than Glades Central in Week 1 of the 2013 season, and probably will be all season. Dwyer was the better team last year, too, and beat Glades Central 30-9. In 2011, I picked Glades Central when everyone else picked Dwyer, and Glades Central won, making them the better team then. That’s how it works. It doesn’t mean the history, pride and tradition of the program gets overlooked.
From Mike D: How many games will Jupiter win this season?
JG: About a month ago I tried to estimate each team’s record. It’s a thankless task — I’ll almost always be wrong and always infuriate someone. I picked Jupiter to finish 1-9. The Warriors, to me, have three winnable games (Lakes, Wellington, Jensen Beach).
Riviera Beach: Who is No. 16, the freshman QB from Royal Palm Beach? He looked good against Fort Pierce Central and completely changed the look of the game. It allowed Jimmy Moreland (should have been in Super 11) to go to wideout and they couldn’t stop him.
JG: The ability to move Jimmy to receiver adds even more gas to Royal Palm Beach’s offense. I love the athletes the Wildcats have. The quarterback in question is named Toddy Centeio. He impressed in the kickoff classic. Royal Palm Beach coach Willie Bueno told ESPN 106.3 there’s a chance Centeio could share time with Moreland down the line.
Michael Reynolds: Why doesn’t the county or Palm Beach Post sponsor a county tournament in team sports, sans football? The week before districts, a 12-team tournament of the best teams as determined by record against other Palm Beach County schools.
JG: I’ve wanted that, plus a high school football plus-three playoff, for several years. Dare to dream, Michael. Dare to dream.
Michael: Will this be the year that Newman escapes from the first round?
JG: Depth is always an issue for Newman, which certainly has the talent. Both Chaminade-Madonna and Westminster Christian are supposed to be pretty good. It’d be awesome if Newman made it to the second round for an all-county matchup against presumably American Heritage, but Newman has to get there first. District 7-3A might be the closest-matched group in the area.
Ken: Which former Palm Beach County high school standout had the best weekend in college football?
JG: It has to be Tre Mason, right? He had 15 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown in Auburn’s 31-24 win over Washington State. He also returned a kick 100 yards for a score.
@TheSheaQuinn: If Han Solo and Indiana Jones were both charming a woman at a bar/cantina, who would spit better game?
JG: Han Solo can take his date anywhere in the universe on his Millennium Falcon and you want to ask me about some guy with a hat and a whip? Get out of here. Also, I thought it Hans Solo for the longest time.