Posted: 12:10 pm Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
Week 10 did not disappoint. Interesting matchups produced interesting results, as teams from around the area clinched playoff spots.
After looking over some of the box scores, there were a handful that stood out. Palm Beach Central rolled over Park Vista. The Broncos didn’t just beat the Cobras, they dominated them. Next, West Boca Raton kept it close for a half, but Dwyer cruised in the second half to clinch the district title and its first 10-0 regular-season record in school history. In a crowded District 7-3A, American Heritage beat Cardinal Newman to stay alive and force a three-way tiebreaker. Finally, Boynton Beach didn’t let its great season go to waste, earning a big win over Hallandale to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Here are the headlines on PBGametime from Friday’s action:
* Boynton Beach continued to quiet the doubters with a huge win over Hallandale to clinch a spot in the postseason for the third time in school history. (Game Report)
* American Heritage used a big performance from running back Devin Singletary to beat Cardinal Newman to force a three-team playoff on Monday. (Game Report)
* Seminole Ridge locked up a playoff spot, beating Jupiter behind a strong running game. (Game Report)
Elsewhere, Palm Beach Gardens played sloppy, but still found a way to get a win against Wellington … Lake Worth defeated Atlantic in a district game … And you can find the rest of the recaps from Thursday’s games and Friday’s games in full roundups.
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 do?
1. Dwyer (10-0): Beat West Boca Raton 41-17.
2. Fort Pierce Central (8-0): Beat Treasure Coast 49-0.
3. Park Vista (7-2): Lost to Palm Beach Central 40-13.
4. American Heritage (5-3): Beat Cardinal Newman 28-14.
5. Royal Palm Beach (7-2): Beat Palm Beach Lakes 42-30.
6. Palm Beach Gardens (6-3): Beat Wellington 20-9.
7. Cardinal Newman (6-3): Lost to American Heritage 28-14.
8. Palm Beach Central (6-3): Beat Park Vista 40-13.
9. Boynton Beach (9-1): Beat Hallandale 35-7.
10. West Boca Raton (7-3): Lost to Dwyer 41-17.
For the first time in a while, a team in the Post’s top three lost. How far will Park Vista drop and which team will take its spot in next week’s top three? Will West Boca drop out of the Top 10 after its lost to No. 1 Dwyer? Check back on Monday for the answers to these questions and more.
1. Palm Beach Central made a statement
Broncos coaches were ecstatic after their win over Park Vista on Friday. As one assistant coach told me following the game, Palm Beach Central is peaking at the right time. The Broncos put together a dominating performance, pounding the Cobras by 27 points. From the start, it was clear Park Vista could not stop Palm Beach Central’s ground game led by star running back Tommy McDonald and dual-threat quarterback Kemar Downer. And the Broncos took advantage, running the ball 45 times out of their 52 plays on offense. When it was done, Palm Beach Central had amassed an impressive 353 rushing yards against a solid Park Vista defense. It’s all about matchups, and Park Vista did not match up well with the Broncos’ massive offensive line. It all translated to a second straight district title for Palm Beach Central and a matchup with Seminole Ridge to start the playoffs.
2. Three-team playoff in District 7-3A
Cardinal Newman had a chance to clinch the district title with a victory over American Heritage, but the Stallions were able to beat the Crusaders to force a three-team playoff. Now, Cardinal Newman, American Heritage and Pahokee will take part in a three-team playoff on Monday at 7 p.m. to determine the district’s two playoff teams. No. 1 seed Cardinal Newman will host the tiebreaker, receiving a first-round bye. Each matchup in the tiebreaker will last one entire 12-minute quarter. No. 2 seed Pahokee and No. 3 seed American Heritage will face each other first, and the winner will move on to face Cardinal Newman. If the Crusaders lose to the winner of seeds No. 2 and No. 3, then the school that defeated the No. 1 seed will advance as the district champion, and Cardinal Newman must then play the loser of seeds No. 2 vs. No. 3 to determine the district runner-up. However, if the Crusaders defeat the winner of seeds No. 2 vs. No. 3, then Cardinal Newman will advance as the district champion and the school it defeated will advance as the district runner-up. Do you have a headache yet?
3. SFC success
Two local teams will face off in the SFC Championship at FAU Stadium, when Pope John Paul II takes on John Carroll. Pope John Paul II has been made it all the way to the title game as an underdog, entering the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Northern Division with a 3-5 record. But the return of star running back DeQuan McGriff has helped give the Eagles the spark they needed to make a playoff run. After losing to Fort Lauderdale-Calvary Christian 37-0 on Oct. 18, Pope John Paul II beat Calvary Christian on Friday to earn a trip to the SFC Championship game.
4. Playoff time
I thought I would just name every team from the area that has already secured a spot in the playoffs. So, here we go. Palm Beach Gardens. Seminole Ridge. Palm Beach Central. Park Vista. Dwyer. West Boca Raton. Boynton Beach. Glades Central. Glades Day. Village Academy. Fort Pierce Central. Congratulations to the players and coaches from each one of these schools.
How’s Anthony do?
Anthony’s predictions record: 22-6
Best pick: I missed a pair of games by just seven points. I predicted Pahokee to beat King’s Academy 27-13 and the final score turned out to be 34-13. I also thought Suncoast would earn a 28-14 victory over Pembroke Pines Charter and the final score was 28-7.
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.