Posted: 11:41 am Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Weekend Rewind: 4 takeaways from Week 5 

By Anthony Chiang

Last week, some of the better teams in Palm Beach County were upset. In Week 5, some of those teams bounced back in a big way.

Palm Beach Central needed a win and got it against Seminole Ridge on Friday. (Photo by Allen Eyestone)

A week after falling to Boca Raton, a desperate Palm Beach Central team shocked Seminole Ridge. Royal Palm Beach rebounded from a disappointing loss to West Boca Raton by dismantling Lake Worth. And American Heritage refused to lose two in a row, earning an easy win over Lehigh Acres-East Lee County.

Here are the headlines on PBGametime from Friday’s action:

* Palm Beach Central’s fast start powered the Broncos to a big victory over Seminole Ridge. (Game Report) (Photos)

* After a slow start to the season, Royal Palm Beach’s offense exploded for 41 points to breeze past Lake Worth.  (Game Report) (Photos)

* Santaluces rebounded from a loss with an impressive win over Jupiter.  (Game Report) (Photos)

* It took two overtime periods, but Palm Beach Gardens earned a hard fought win over Boca Raton. (Game Report)

* In other games, Boynton Beach stayed undefeated with a blowout win … Dwyer blew past Olympic Heights … Palm Beach Lakes held off Atlantic … Cardinal Newman cruised to a victory against John I. Leonard … Finally, find the rest of the recaps from Friday’s games in a full roundup.

In addition to all of that coverage, we 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 far?
1. Dwyer (5-0): Beat Olympic Heights 41-7.
2. Fort Pierce Central (4-0): Beat Sebastian River 49-20.
3. Park Vista (3-1): Idle.
4. Seminole Ridge (3-2): Lost to Palm Beach Central 37-13.
5. American Heritage (3-2): Beat Lehigh Acres-East Lee County 40-0.
6. Pahokee (3-1): Idle.
7. Glades Central (2-2): Idle.
8. Boynton Beach (5-0): Beat Fort Lauderdale-Stranahan 47-12.
9. Royal Palm Beach (3-1): Beat Lake Worth 41-7.
10. King’s Academy (4-0): Beat Coral Springs Christian 48-0.

How far will Seminole Ridge drop after two straight losses? Does Palm Beach Central’s big win over Seminole Ridge bump the Broncos back into the Top 10? Does West Boca Raton deserve to be ranked after another impressive performance this week? These are questions that will be answered when the Post’s new Top 10 is released Monday.

4 takeaways
1. Is Palm Beach Central back on track?
I’m not sure I would go that far … yet. The Broncos have definitely found something in quarterback Kemar Downer. Downer, who typically lines up as a running back or wide receiver, has reinvigorated Central’s offense. The junior can hurt defenses with his arm, but is deadly with his legs. Downer has run for 284 yards and thrown for four touchdowns over the Broncos’ past two games. Downer’s dual-threat ability and standout running back Tommy McDonald’s knack for big plays is a dangerous combination. Central’s defense hasn’t been the issue this season. If the offense can keep improving, Central should turn into a contender by the end of the year.

2. Is it time to panic for Seminole Ridge?
The panic alarm didn’t make a sound after a close loss to Park Vista. And after a disappointing loss to Palm Beach Central, it still shouldn’t ring. The Hawks definitely have some issues to address on defense after giving up 57 points over their past two games, which have both been losses, but neither of the losses came in district games. If the Hawks can bounce back in a big district game against Palm Beach Gardens next week, these two losses will be quickly forgotten. But if Seminole Ridge loses to the Gators, the alarm will start to sound.

3. What does Royal Palm Beach’s win mean?
Considering what’s ahead of Royal Palm, it doesn’t mean much to me. Obviously, the Wildcats needed a victory over Lake Worth to avoid an 0-2 start to district play, but it was a game Royal Palm should have won at home. However, the Wildcats’ performance on offense was encouraging after a slow start to the season. Still, the true test for Royal Palm will come against No. 1 Dwyer on Thursday in a matchup that could go a long way in deciding the winner of District 13-7A. Can the Wildcats give Dwyer a game? We’re about to find out, as the Panthers have yet to be challenged in the regular season. Friday’s win over Lake Worth was just a warm up for Royal Palm’s biggest game of the season Thursday.

4. Boynton Beach and King’s Academy continue to roll
These two schools have opened eyes this season. It’s not a surprise that Boynton Beach and King’s won this week, as they faced inferior opponents, but it is shocking that both teams are still undefeated entering Week 6. Boynton will likely stay undefeated until at least Week 7, when the Tigers face their first true test of the season in Fort Lauderdale-Dillard. And King’s is about to go through a string of difficult games, starting next week against Cardinal Newman. After that, the Lions still have to face American Heritage on Oct. 18 and Pahokee on Nov. 1. As you can see, Boynton Beach and King’s still have a long way to go, but they’re definitely off to nice starts.

How’d Jeff and Anthony do?

Jeff’s predictions record: 25-5
Best pick: He picked Clewiston to beat Miami-Dade Christian 21-7. Jeff was so, so close, as Clewiston went on to win 21-6.

Anthony’s predictions record: 24-6
Best pick: Ding, ding, ding! I nailed the score between Bayside and Fort Pierce Westwood. I predicted Bayside to win 49-7 and that’s exactly what the final score was.