Posted: 10:12 am Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
By Jeff Greer
With kickoff classics and Week 1 games under our belts, it’s a lot easier to identify the best 10 teams in the area. But we’re not out of the woods yet. Two games don’t make a season.The preseason Top 15 had a few teams on it that, quite frankly, haven’t looked too hot so far. This happens every year, so don’t panic yet.
Among the teams that disappointed: Palm Beach Central, Glades Central, Pahokee, Jensen Beach, Cardinal Newman and John I. Leonard. A few of them have tough Week 2 games, too.
Dwyer delivered a swift and merciless rout in Belle Glade, affirming my belief that its the best team in the area even after losing 44-13 to Miami Central in the kickoff classic. Guys, Central is the No. 1 team in the country. Nobody around here is Miami Central, or close to it.
No more banter. Here’s the new Post Top 10 entering Week 2:
2. American Heritage
3. Fort Pierce Central
4. Royal Palm Beach
5. Seminole Ridge
6. Palm Beach Gardens
7. Park Vista
8. Palm Beach Central
9. Boynton Beach
10. Cardinal Newman
Also considered: Glades Central, Clewiston, Pahokee, John I. Leonard, Martin County, King’s Academy.
Keeping the top three was easy. American Heritage could very well end up the top team when it’s all said and done, but I’ve been trumpeting Dwyer all offseason and I won’t abandon that until I have a reason.
Fort Pierce Central hasn’t exactly wowed in its first two fall games. The Cobras need to clean up their play, though it’s hard to complain about a six-touchdown win over a cross-town rival. Central will have its hands full against Vero Beach.
Royal Palm Beach moves into the fourth spot with the nice win over Palm Beach Central. The Wildcats can surprise people this year. The loss dropped Palm Beach Central down a few pegs, especially when paired with Miami Northwestern’s 38-3 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas. Maybe that Northwestern win wasn’t all that grand.
Seminole Ridge and Palm Beach Gardens dominated their openers. I expected more from Boca and Leonard. Meanwhile it’s hard to hurt Park Vista too much for losing in Ohio to a top team on its home turf.
Boynton Beach makes a top 10 appearance after its win over Newman, which stayed at No. 10. I’ve been impressed early by Clewiston and I’m waiting-and-seeing with Glades Central and Pahokee. Wins will be tough to come by for Central with such a tough schedule.
Top Games This Week
As I mentioned in the Weekend Rewind, I’ll be at Gardens-Vista, which could be a fun playoff preview. Gardens has a nice-looking passing game and Vista may have the best secondary in the county.
Glades Day at Village Academy — This could end up being a district-title-deciding game, and both teams have been sloppy at best to start the season.
Martin County at Vero Beach — The Tigers struggled in a win over South Fork, so they’ll need to be a lot sharper against Vero, especially on the road.
Benjamin at John Carroll — A critical matchup for both teams in the early jostling for the Southeastern Football Conference lead.
Pahokee at Royal Palm Beach — Tons of athletes in this game, though Royal Palm Beach has the edge in size and coaching. Pahokee must find some cohesiveness on offense.
Atlantic at Boca — Atlantic has the talent. This is a winnable game for the Eagles, though Boca will be a lot tougher under new coach Jeff Dellenbach. Expect a good game.
Vista at Gardens — See above.
Boynton Beach at Lake Worth — Boynton has started fast out of the gates, winning both its games and putting plenty of points up. Lake Worth, meanwhile, has been a pleasant surprise. This could be a fun matchup.
Palm Beach Central at Glades Central — An intriguing game with two offenses in desperate need of some moxie.
John I. Leonard at Seminole Ridge — After last week’s results, this one could be a mismatch, but Leonard will be hungry for some positivity after a shutout loss to Gardens last week.