Posted: 11:13 am Saturday, September 14th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
Week 3 helped give a better indication of the true contenders in the area.
Dwyer remained undefeated, blowing by Palm Beach Gardens. Park Vista squeaked past Seminole Ridge with the help of a game-winning field goal. And American Heritage found a way to earn a victory over a scrappy Glades Central team.
Here are some of the headlines from Week 3′s slate of games:
* Pahokee had no trouble beating John I. Leonard on Thursday, but it may have cost the Blue Devils. I’ll have more on that below. (Game Report)
* Aside from those big games, Santaluces held on for a win against Lake Worth … Tommy McDonald led Palm Beach Central to its first win of the season … Finally, here are the rest of the recaps from Thursday and Friday.
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How did the Post’s Top 10 teams fare?
1. Dwyer (3-0): Beat No. 7 Palm Beach Gardens 33-0.
2. American Heritage (2-1): Beat No. 10 Glades Central 21-16.
3. Fort Pierce Central (2-0): Beat Kissimmee-Osceola 22-16.
4. Royal Palm Beach (2-0): Idle.
5. Seminole Ridge (2-1): Lost to No. 6 Park Vista 20-17.
6. Park Vista (2-1): Beat No. 5 Seminole Ridge 20-17.
7. Palm Beach Gardens (1-2): Lost to No. 1 Dwyer 33-0.
8. Clewiston (2-0): Idle.
9. Boynton Beach (3-0): Beat Olympic Heights 19-6.
10. Glades Central (1-2): Lost to No. 2 American Heritage 21-16.
Palm Beach Central earned its first win of the season in Week 3. Will they move back into the Post’s Top 10 next week? Did Santaluces do enough in its victory against Lake Worth to make the next version of the rankings?
1. How will the fight impact things?
It’s tough to answer this question until punishments are handed down next week. But it could have big consequences after four players from Pahokee and John I. Leonard were involved in two separate fights during the Blue Devils’ 27-6 win. According to fellow PBGametime reporter Jeff Greer, Pahokee’s leading wide receiver, Jason Johnson, was one of the players involved and he could be looking at a six-game suspension (see Jeff’s story on the possible suspensions here). This means that if Johnson is suspended next week, the list of games he would have to miss would include Pahokee’s matchups against American Heritage, Cardinal Newman and Seminole Ridge. This could prove to be costly. However, if Johnson does receive a six-game suspension next week, he would be able to return just in time for the Muck Bowl against Glades Central.
2. Does Dwyer have any competition?
It’s difficult to envision Dwyer being knocked off the No. 1 spot of the Post’s Top 10 rankings right now. The Panthers have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 119-7 in three games this season, and it doesn’t look like Dwyer is slowing down any time soon. The toughest game the Panthers have left on their schedule is a matchup with Royal Palm Beach on Oct. 4. It looks like Dwyer could finish the regular season with a perfect record.
3. Has Palm Beach Central turned things around?
It’s too early to answer this question. After starting the season 0-2, the Broncos recorded a 20-point win against West Boca Raton this week behind a dominant performance from running back Tommy McDonald. It was encouraging to see Palm Beach Central’s offense explode for 40 points against West Boca after the Broncos had scored just 10 points through their first two games. But Palm Beach Central’s true test will come against Seminole Ridge in two weeks. If the Broncos can win that game, they will have things going in the right direction.
4. Boynton Beach continues hot start
Some may attribute it to an easy schedule, but Boynton Beach has still taken care of business. The Tigers are 3-0 and opened the year with an impressive win over Cardinal Newman. Quarterback Lamar Jackson has been the catalyst, passing for two touchdowns and running for four more this season. It’s hard to penalize a team that has beaten the opponents on its schedule. Boynton Beach definitely deserves some credit.
How’d Jeff and Anthony do?
Jeff’s predictions record: 21-3
Anthony’s predictions record: 17-7
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.