Posted: 4:16 pm Thursday, November 14th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
For the playoffs, the PBGametime crew will break down the best matchup from each round with the help of a football coach from Palm Beach County. For the first round, we picked a Class 8A regional quarterfinals showdown between Park Vista (8-2) and Palm Beach Gardens (6-4). An anonymous head football coach from Palm Beach County gave his outlook on the game:
On the contest: “It’s going to be a great matchup because I think both teams have a significant amount of talent and are both fairly well coached,” the coach said. “Both of these teams are pretty equal.”
- These two teams met in the regular season and the Cobras won 28-19 on Sept. 6.
- In their regular season matchup, Palm Beach Gardens recorded just 69 rushing yards.
- The Cobras returned a kickoff for a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown in their regular season victory over the Gators.
Which team has the better offense?: “I would just slightly give the edge to Park Vista because of quarterback Qwad Martin and their skill position players,” the coach said. “Park Vista mixes it up better than a lot of teams. They try to take advantage of what the defense is giving them. But Gardens is a little bigger and better up front.”
- Not including Park Vista’s final game of the regular season that resulted in a forfeit win, the Cobras enter the playoffs averaging 31.8 points per game this season.
- Palm Beach Gardens enters the playoffs averaging 19.3 points per game this season.
Which team has the better defense?: “Again, I would slightly give the edge to Park Vista,” the coach said. “Park Vista has better athletes, but I think Gardens is going to hold up pretty good against them in the trenches.”
- Not including Park Vista’s final game of the regular season that resulted in a forfeit win, the Cobras allowed 17.4 points per game this season.
- In the Cobras’ two losses this year, the opposing team ran for an average of 411.5 rushing yards.
- Palm Beach Gardens allowed 18.3 points per game this this season.
- In the Gators’ four losses this year, they gave up 29 points per game.
How to beat Park Vista: “Against Park Vista, you have to depend on your underneath passing game and just be patient and get some first downs,” the coach said. “With Vista, their skills guys can keep up with the receivers downfield.”
How to beat Palm Beach Gardens: “Against Palm Beach Gardens, their guys don’t run quite as well,” the coach said. “If their pass rush doesn’t get to the quarterback, your receivers can get open deep against them. With Gardens, you have more home runs that you can take advantage of.”
Prediction: “I would go with Park Vista by about a field goal just because I think they have the chance of being a little more dynamic than Gardens,” the coach said.
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.