Posted: 5:20 pm Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
By Jeff Greer
Here comes another edition the Ask Me Anything weekly mailbag right into your kitchen. I’ll take questions on high school football, recruiting and any other topic you choose.
We’re two weeks into high school and college football. We’re a week into the NFL. Football season, which coincides with crazy season, is in full bloom. And naturally this week I tackle some serious football questions, like my toast/untoast preference at Subway and kickers.
We’re starting this week off with a painful question from a PBGametime commenter. John I. Leonard, a team loaded with speed and talent, is 0-2, with two blowout losses and only 14 points to show for them. And so the natural question is:
1fan: What’s wrong with John I. Leonard?
Jeff Greer: It’s obviously a combination of things. The first place people look is offense, like I just did right above this answer. The Lancers, with at least one FBS receiver on their roster and probably two, have scored 14 points in two games, and none of them came on offense. Both touchdowns against Seminole Ridge were kickoff returns, and Gardens shut ‘em out. So what does that tell you? It tells me the Lancers have playmakers but haven’t quite figured out how to get them the ball. They’re missing Adam Johnson, who was a fantastic high school quarterback. He was a running threat but could hurt defenses with his arm.
But the defense doesn’t go unnoticed. Two games, 72 points. That’s about as good a track record as Warren G. Harding. (Look him up. I’ll wait.) Welcome back. That’s not good. Leonard is in serious trouble. Park Vista is the frontrunner for the district title, and there’s no way Palm Beach Central is going to keep struggling on offense. Wayne Monroe has to get his team going in Greenacres.
Collin: Who has the best uniforms?
JG: Helmets? Jupiter. Jerseys? Seminole Ridge black alternates or Pahokee’s red tops. Pants? I love Newman’s colors, so I’ll take the Crusaders’ pants.
@KLV1063: Is there anything Dalton Barkman can’t do?
JG: I’m going to guess Dalton, the star of Park Vista’s win on Friday night, probably isn’t a great spelunker or knitter.
@LouGrozaAward: Who’s the best kicker in Palm Beach County?
JG: Unfortunately, we don’t keep kicker stats. So I have to go on what I know. King’s Academy’s Paul Schumacher and American Heritage’s Nick Ruubinowitz are both very good. So is Seminole Ridge’s Jacob Curran, who hit a 51-yarder against Leonard. Then you’ve got Gardens’ Stephen Olson, Newman’s Steven Holmes, Glades Central’s Giovanni Lugo and Park Vista’s Gabe Montes. They’ve got strong legs.
@SpencerAckerman: How do you see Jupiter doing this week against Jensen Beach?
JG: That’s a tough one because Jensen Beach is going through some tumult. Jupiter lost 51-7 to Dwyer last Friday, but Jensen ain’t Dwyer. I expect it to be close. Check our predictions column on Wednesday. (Plug!)
Miami-Dade County: I feel Jessie Hester would have beat Dwyer the last two years. What do you think?
JG: Jessie Hester had far more talented teams than Roosevelt Blackmon’s had in 2012 and 2013. The best example is 2011, which was the final season for Glades Central’s talented 2012 class. Hester took them to a state title and Blackmon got them close. Blackmon beat Dwyer with that 2011 team. Hester is a good leader and a good coach, but remember, his teams with lesser talent (Suncoast and Lake Worth) haven’t exactly set the world ablaze. That said, would I be shocked if he ended up at Glades Central again someday? Nope.
John: What is the best part of that peewee football video you posted?
JG: So many choices. The lineman scurrying off to start the video. The truck. The four defensive players falling AT THE SAME TIME at the 19-second mark. Purple No. 9 goes for the pop and whiffs. The stiff arm. The late, late clipping penalty. It’s 35 seconds of bliss.
@arloguth: Do you prefer your Subway toasted or not toasted?
Have an A1 day.