Posted: 11:39 am Saturday, September 7th, 2013
By Jeff Greer
Week 2 provided a little more insight into the 2013 season.
Clewiston had the upset of the week, topping state power Immokalee. Royal Palm Beach followed up its big win against Palm Beach Central with an encore victory against Pahokee. Glades Central, once the weather delay finally cleared, topped Palm Beach Central out in the Glades.
First, a few headlines on PBGametime from last night’s action:
* Elsewhere, Plantation-American Heritage crunched American Heritage … Wellington rallied to beat West Boca Raton … Boynton Beach stayed hot with a win over Lake Worth … Royal Palm Beach outlasted Pahokee … Seminole Ridge routed John I. Leonard … And here are the rest of the area recaps.
In addition to that great coverage, we also have a new and improved mobile PBGametime site, which you can check out on your phones at m.pbgametime.com.
How did the Post’s Top 10 teams fare?
1. Dwyer (2-0): Beat Jupiter 51-7.
2. American Heritage (1-1): Lost to Plantation-American Heritage 28-6.
3. Fort Pierce Central (1-0): Idle.
4. Royal Palm Beach (2-0): Beat Pahokee 21-14.
5. Seminole Ridge (2-0): Beat John I. Leonard 45-14.
6. Palm Beach Gardens (1-1): Lost to No. 7 Park Vista 28-19.
7. Park Vista (1-1): Beat No. 6 Palm Beach Gardens 28-19.
8. Palm Beach Central (0-1) Lost to Glades Central 13-7.
9. Boynton Beach Beat Lake Worth 28-15.
10. Cardinal Newman (0-1): Idle.
It’s safe to say Clewiston will be ranked next week. The Tigers edged Immokalee. Pahokee put up a good fight against Royal Palm Beach and may push for a ranking.
1. What’s wrong with Palm Beach Central?
The Broncos started the season in the top five, and not without reason. The Broncos have a ton of talent and always seem to have their eyes on a rise in power in Class 8A. And then they lose big games. After last week’s performances, it honestly looked like Central would roll past Glades Central. Neither team got its offense going, but Palm Beach Central struggled just a little worse than Glades Central. Some serious changes need to be made if the Broncos want to win a district title. Park Vista is the better team right now.
2. The rise of Clewiston
Call it the Pete Walker Effect. The new Tigers coach has his team rolling early this season, playing good, hard-nosed football. Clewiston is 3-0 this fall if you include the kickoff classic, an exhibition that doesn’t count in the win-loss column. In the process, Walker’s squad beat Pahokee, Jupiter Christian and Immokalee. Not a bad slate. The Immokalee win will put Clewiston on the statewide rankings radar.
3. Royal Palm Beach’s encore
The Wildcats followed up last week’s big win at Palm Beach Central with a home victory over Pahokee, which should get some credit for hanging tough. The Blue Devils had the ball in the red zone with 45 seconds left. They could’ve tied it. Royal Palm turned up the pressure, though, and pushed Pahokee all the way back into its own territory.
4. Panic time at Atlantic?
The Eagles understandably lost to American Heritage and Friendship Collegiate (D.C.), two very good teams. But the loss Friday night to Boca really sounds the alarm. That’s not a team Atlantic should lost to, and it’s definitely not a game I expected them to lose. In three games this fall, Atlantic has 26 points. The defense did its job against Boca, only allowing 17 points, but the offense just never got going.
How’d Jeff do?
Predictions record: 16-7.
Best pick: I missed the Royal Palm Beach-Pahokee by a combined two points. I picked 20-13. The game ended 21-14.
Where’s Jeff for Week 3?
I’ll determine this one by coin toss. It’s between Seminole Ridge-Park Vista and Dwyer-Gardens.