Posted: 11:52 am Monday, November 4th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
We learned a lot in Week 10, and the playoff picture is almost set.
With just one week left in the regular season, the Post’s Top 10 is almost set, too. Just one more version of the rankings will be released before the playoffs start. Dwyer locked up the No. 1 spot after clinching its first 10-0 regular-season record in school history Friday. And Palm Beach Central continued to jump up the rankings after a convincing win over Park Vista. Still, a lot can change before the final rankings are released next week.
Here’s the new Post Top 10 entering Week 11:
1. Dwyer (10-0)
2. Fort Pierce Central (8-0)
3. American Heritage (5-3)
4. Palm Beach Central (6-3)
5. Park Vista (7-2)
6. Royal Palm Beach (7-2)
7. Palm Beach Gardens (6-3)
8. Boynton Beach (9-1)
9. Cardinal Newman (6-3)
10. West Boca Raton (7-3)
Also considered: Pahokee 6-3, Seminole Ridge 6-3, Glades Day 7-2, Glades Central 4-5, Clewiston 8-1.
The Panthers will finish the regular season at the top of the rankings, as their next game will be in the first round of the playoffs. But Fort Pierce Central still has some work to do to secure the No. 2 spot in the final rankings, as the Cobras close out the season against a very tough Daytona Beach-Mainland team. The Stallions took advantage of Park Vista’s loss and moved into the No. 3 spot, winning their second consecutive district game. But American Heritage will have to continue its winning ways in a three-team playoff with Cardinal Newman and Pahokee on Monday that will decide District 7-3A’s two playoff teams.
Palm Beach Central made the biggest jump in this week’s rankings, moving up four spots to No. 4. The Broncos won their fifth consecutive game to earn their second straight district title Friday. During the winning streak, the Broncos have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 237-62. After a long run in the No. 3 slot, Park Vista dropped its first game since its season-opening loss to Colerain (Ohio) in Cincinnati. The Cobras fell to No. 5 in this week’s rankings. Meanwhile, Royal Palm Beach continued to win despite being eliminated from playoff contention. And Palm Beach Gardens earned an ugly win over Wellington, as the Gators will have to play a lot better to get by Park Vista in the first round of the playoffs.
One of the most impressive wins in Week 10 came from Boynton Beach. The Tigers needed a win against Hallandale to punch a ticket to the playoffs and they got one in a big way. Boynton Beach handed Hallandale its second loss of the season in a 35-7 rout. Despite being doubted throughout the season, the Tigers continue to prove people wrong. If Boynton Beach hadn’t blown a 24-7 lead against Fort Lauderdale-Dillard, it could have ended the year with a 10-0 regular-season record. The bottom two teams of this week’s rankings — Cardinal Newman and West Boca Raton — lost their Week 10 games. The Crusaders still have a shot of making the postseason in Monday’s three-team playoff and the Bulls will enter the playoffs as the District 13-7A runner-up.
Games of the Week
No. 7 Palm Beach Gardens (6-3) at No. 4 Palm Beach Central (6-3), Friday at 7:30 p.m.: This is an good matchup to close out the regular season. The Broncos are playing really good football, as they are currently on a five-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Gators have won five of their past six. Both teams have strong running games led by dual-threat quarterbacks and good running backs. Palm Beach Central has quarterback Kemar Downer and Palm Beach County’s leading rusher Tommy McDonald, and Palm Beach Gardens features quarterback J.P. Caruso and running back Tommy Monday. Although this game doesn’t have any playoff implications, it could serve as a preview for a potential rematch in the Class 8A regional semifinals.
No. 6 Royal Palm Beach (7-2) at Seminole Ridge (6-3), Friday at 7:30 p.m.: The Hawks are coming off a big win over Jupiter to clinch a spot in the playoffs. On the other side, the Wildcats are just angry that their season will end this week. This is a good matchup between two solid teams. Again, this is a non-district game that holds no playoff implications, but the last loss from either of these teams was on Oct. 3. One school has to lose this week.
Pahokee (6-3) at Glades Central (4-5), Saturday at 2 p.m.: After a period of one-sided results, this year’s Muck Bowl should be competitive. The game was originally scheduled to be played on Friday at 7:30 p.m., but it was moved to Saturday afternoon due to “security concerns.” The Raiders have already clinched a spot in the playoffs and Pahokee will have a chance to earn a trip to the playoffs in Monday’s three-team playoff. Bragging rights are at stake in this one.
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.