Posted: 12:14 pm Monday, October 28th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
Every week is important, but the list of games in Week 10 carry some extra meaning.
As teams prepare to play for a spot in the postseason or even the district title this week, the Post’s Top 10 looks a little different. One squad dropped out of the rankings, and West Boca Raton took advantage.
Post Top 10
1. Dwyer (9-0)
2. Fort Pierce Central (7-0)
3. Park Vista (7-1)
4. American Heritage (4-3)
5. Royal Palm Beach (6-2)
6. Palm Beach Gardens (5-3)
7. Cardinal Newman (6-2)
8. Palm Beach Central (5-3)
9. Boynton Beach (8-1)
10. West Boca Raton (7-2)
Also considered: Pahokee 5-3, Seminole Ridge 5-3, Glades Day 7-1, Glades Central 3-4, Clewiston 7-1.
Dwyer, Fort Pierce Central and Park Vista are the three constants in the rankings. The Panthers have now outscored opponents 395-43 this season, but they still have not clinched the district title. Dwyer will have a chance to do that Friday, when they take on West Boca Raton in a game that will decide the district champion. Park Vista is in the same position. Although, the Cobras have not lost a game since the season opener, they haven’t secured the district title yet either. Park Vista will face Palm Beach Central on Friday, with the district title on the line.
Meanwhile, Royal Palm Beach has been eliminated from playoff contention. But the Wildcats still made it into the Top 5. Royal Palm Beach has won three in a row and its only losses have come against West Boca and Dwyer, as the Wildcats will probably be the best team from Palm Beach County to not qualify for the postseason. The Gators dropped one spot after falling to Vero Beach. The loss snapped Palm Beach Gardens’ four-game winning streak.
However, Cardinal Newman continued its rise up the rankings. The Crusaders breezed by Coconut Creek-North Broward prep to win their sixth straight. Palm Beach Central is just as hot as the Crusaders, as the Broncos extended their winning streak to four in a row. After scoring just 10 total points in its first two games of the season, Palm Beach Central’s offense is firing on all cylinders now. The Broncos scored 71 against Spanish River last week. These streaky teams caused Boynton Beach to drop a spot in the rankings despite its win over Coconut Creek. And the new team in the Post’s Top 10 is West Boca. Since starting the season 1-2, the Bulls have won seven in a row and have played very well under first-year head coach Alphonso Moran.
Games of the Week
Park Vista at Palm Beach Central
This is one to be excited about. Park Vista has been one of the best teams in the area for the entire regular season behind a balanced offense that is averaging 34 points per game. On the other side, Palm Beach Central has won four in a row with one of the best ground games in the county. Oh, did I mention that the district title will be on the line? This will be fun.
Cardinal Newman at American Heritage
After an up-and-down season for American Heritage, the Stallions still have a chance at the district title. But American Heritage will have to find a way to beat the Crusaders, which haven’t lost a game since Sept. 13. A win would mean a lot to Cardinal Newman, too. The Crusaders can clinch the district title with a victory over the Stallions, avoiding a possible three-way tiebreaker.
West Boca Raton at Dwyer
Dwyer might be the only team in the area that has a realistic chance at a state title this season. But the Panthers have some competition within their district. Just like Dwyer, West Boca is undefeated in district play. Before the Panthers can clinch a perfect regular season record and a district title, they will have to get by the Bulls. West Boca hasn’t lost a game in almost two months, but the Bulls will need to play their best game of the season to claim the district championship over Dwyer.
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.