Posted: 11:10 am Saturday, October 26th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
As the end of the regular season nears, most teams took a break from district play in Week 9.
Seminole Ridge traveled to Pahokee and escaped with an impressive victory. The Hawks need a win against Jupiter next week to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Coach Pete Walker’s new team beat his former team, as Clewiston handed Glades Day its first loss of the season in a low-scoring contest. Palm Beach Gardens couldn’t get the job done, losing to one of the state’s best Class 8A teams — Vero Beach.
Here are the headlines on PBGametime from Friday’s action:
* Seminole Ridge rallied behind a strong running game to beat Pahokee. (Game Report)
* Coach Peter Walker’s new team, Clewiston, gave his old team, Glades Day, its first loss of the season. (Game Report)
* Palm Beach Gardens’ comeback fell short, as the Gators fell to Vero Beach in a clash of hot Class 8A teams. (Game Report)
Elsewhere, West Boca Raton kept its strong season going with a win over Lake Worth … Palm Beach Central put up 71 points in a victory over Spanish River … And you can find the rest of the recaps from Thursday’s games and Friday’s games in full roundups.
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How did the Post’s Top 10 teams do?
1. Dwyer (9-0): Beat Atlantic 42-6.
2. Fort Pierce Central (7-0): Idle.
3. Park Vista (7-1): Beat Boca Raton 27-8.
4. American Heritage (4-3): Idle.
5. Palm Beach Gardens (5-3): Lost to Vero Beach 35-27.
6. Pahokee (5-3): Lost to Seminole Ridge 24-13.
7. Royal Palm Beach (6-2): Beat Olympic Heights 41-0.
8. Boynton Beach (8-1): Beat Coconut Creek 23-17.
9. Cardinal Newman (6-2): Beat Coconut Creek-North Broward 45-7.
10. Palm Beach Central (5-3) Beat Spanish River 71-0.
Pahokee has dropped two straight. Do the Blue Devils still belong in the Top 10? How far should Palm Beach Gardens drop after losing to a good Vero Beach team on the road? Cardinal Newman and Palm Beach Central are two of the hottest teams in Palm Beach County, but they are at the bottom of the Top 10. Do they belong higher?
1. What is wrong in Pahokee?
The Blue Devils really struggled to get anything going through the air against Seminole Ridge. Pahokee was able to take a 13-3 lead into halftime Friday, but the running game was the reason for that. Running back McArthur Bernett ran for two touchdowns in the first half. In the second half, the Hawks knew what was coming and held Bernett to minus-4 yards. There was no passing game to help create some space for the junior. Pahokee started junior Kennard Davis at quarterback against Seminole Ridge for senior Rashaun Croney, who threw three interceptions in last week’s loss to Cardinal Newman. Davis does not have the arm Croney does, but managed to throw for 130 yards and turned in a solid performance. However, Davis’ inability to throw the ball deep limited Pahokee’s offense. Although Croney takes more chances, defenses must respect his arm. It will be interesting to see which quarterback starts for Pahokee next week against King’s Academy.
2. Class 8A is crowded
There are numerous Class 8A teams in the area that could make playoff runs. In District 9-8A, Palm Beach Gardens already clinched the district title and Seminole Ridge is on a three-game winning streak after beating Pahokee on Friday. Park Vista is the team to beat in District 10-8A and could be the best Class 8A team in Palm Beach County. But Palm Beach Central will look to challenge the Cobras next week, as the Broncos can claim the district title with a win over Park Vista. In District 8-8A, Fort Pierce Central and Vero Beach are two of the best 8A teams in the state. The Class 8A playoffs will be fun to watch.
3. Local teams find success in SFC playoffs
Thursday was a good day for the area’s teams in the Southeastern Football Conference. Pope John Paul II beat Miami-Westminster Christian in the SFC championship bracket quarterfinals. Westminster Christian entered the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the Southern Division. Meanwhile, John Carroll cruised against Tavernier-Coral Shores to move on in the SFC playoffs. Pope John Paul II and John Carroll now advance to the semifinals and could play each other in the championship game.
4. Glades Central game canceled
On Friday, the news came out that officials had decided to cancel Glades Central’s home game against Miami Northwestern due to “unrest in the community.” You can read the full story here. The plan is for the Raiders to receive a forfeit loss, but officials are still trying to reschedule the game. The administrators that made the decision to not play the game deserve a lot of credit. It must not have been easy. However, safety always comes first.
How’d Anthony do?
Anthony’s predictions record: 23-3
Best pick: I missed a couple by just a few points, but the closest I got was in the Martin County vs. Melbourne game. I predicted Melbourne to win 42-7 and the final score turned out to be 40-7.
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.