Posted: 12:01 pm Saturday, September 21st, 2013
By Jeff Greer
Palm Beach turned into Upset County on Friday night, as several underdogs snatched up huge wins at the start of district play.
Boca Raton sent a volley across the Class 8A bow with a district-opening win against Palm Beach Central, one of the original favorites in District 10-8A. King’s Academy dropped Clewiston, a team that had shot up the rankings after two solid wins. And West Boca bopped Royal Palm Beach — who saw that coming?
Here are the headlines on PBGametime from last night’s action:
* State power Cocoa converted four turnovers into points and routed third-ranked American Heritage (Game Report)
* Elsewhere, West Boca stunned Royal Palm Beach … Cardinal Newman rallied to beat Jupiter … Dwyer thumped Palm Beach Lakes … And you can Glades Central, King’s Academy and Pahokee games and other results in the full roundup.
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How did the Post’s Top 10 teams fare?
1. Dwyer (4-0): Beat Palm Beach Lakes 50-6.
2. Fort Pierce Central (3-0): Beat Martin County 51-13 on Thursday.
3. American Heritage (2-2): Lost to Cocoa 31-10.
4. Royal Palm Beach (2-1): Lost to West Boca Raton 20-6.
5. Park Vista (3-1): Beat Santaluces 30-21.
6. Seminole Ridge (2-1): idle
7. Clewiston (2-1): Lost to King’s Academy 17-14.
8. Boynton Beach (4-0): Beat Archbishop McCarthy 48-0.
9. Pahokee (3-1): Beat Inlet Grove 54-0.
10. Glades Central (2-2): Beat Blanche Ely 31-21.
Clewiston’s going to drop out of the top 10 and King’s will make its debut. It’s time push Park Vista and Seminole Ridge up the rankings and into the top five. American Heritage wont’ drop too far — both losses are to state-ranked teams and both wins are against solid local teams. Royal Palm Beach’s offensive woes finally caught up, and the rest of the top 10 won.
1. Did Week 4 clear up District 7-3A at all?
In a word, no. If anything, King’s Academy’s 17-14 win at Clewiston made it more confusing. Before the season I pegged Pahokee as the second-best team in the district behind American Heritage, and that was by a nose hair. King’s and Cardinal Newman, I remember thinking, both have some good players and are smart football teams. Well, here we are in Week 4, and Pahokee’s looked very sharp, King’s is unbeaten and Newman seems to be on the outside looking in. Heritage is beatable against state powers, but no team in this district will push them too hard. Maybe Pahokee can.
2. What does Boca’s big win mean?
It means two things: Santaluces and Boca have to be considered real playoff contenders, and Palm Beach Central is in trouble. Santaluces pushed Park Vista, the top 8A team in the county as of today. Boca now has a shared spot at the top of the standings. Assuming all three lose to Vista, suddenly Central’s game against Santaluces and the Santaluces-Boca game make for serious theater. This race will go down to the wire.
3. Entering a bye week strong in the Glades
Both Glades Central and Pahokee finished up their first four games on positive notes. Central traveled to Broward County and won a game it should have won, topping Blanche Ely, a team that’s had a lot of talent in recent years. Pahokee rolled past possibly the worst team in the county, Inlet Grove. Glades Central should win its first district game, an Oct. 4 tilt against Somerset Academy. And the Raiders will be favorites against Palm Beach Gardens on the 11th. That makes their Oct. 18 showdown against University very interesting, and the game against Miami Northwestern a week later will be a fun one, too. Meanwhile Pahokee hits a rough part of its schedule after the bye, with games against American Heritage, Boca, Newman, Seminole Ridge, Newman and Glades Central.
4. What’s up with American Heritage?
A few things are clear: They’ll have a different quarterback situation by season’s end, they won’t lose a district game and they really need to get healthy. The Stallions have a bunch of injuries to deal with and they need a blowout win over East Lee County next week to rest some of their key guys. But the lines are so big, it’s hard to imagine them losing to any district opponents.
How’d Jeff and Anthony do?
Jeff’s predictions record: 20-6
Best pick: I picked Wellington to beat West Boward 21-0, and lo and behold, the Wolverines won 23-0.
Anthony’s predictions record: 22-4
Best pick: He missed the Dwyer-Lakes score by three total points. Not bad for a newbie.
Where we’ll be in Week 4
Seminole Ridge plays at Palm Beach Central. Gardens-Boca’s interesting.