Posted: 2:50 pm Friday, July 11th, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
We are less than a month away from the start of fall practice. Everybody ready?
Until then, we will do our best to satisfy your appetite for local high school football. In this week’s installment of the mailbag, we analyzed the toughest district in the area and went over Seminole Ridge’s chances of making the playoffs.
If you weren’t able to ask a question this week, you still have a chance to have your questions answered. Send your questions for the next mailbag via Twitter, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in the comment section here.
Here we go.
wildcat guy: Which district is the hardest to be in and which district is the easiest to be in?
Anthony Chiang: The most difficult district is the one in which an 8-2 team missed the playoffs last season. District 13-7A is absolutely brutal. Dwyer, the defending Class 7A state champs, and Royal Palm Beach are expected to be at the top of the district and two of the best teams in Palm Beach County in 2014. But don’t sleep on Lake Worth and Atlantic. Both teams feature potent rushing attacks. Lake Worth has a stud back in Donte Fils-Aime, and Atlantic throws out an impressive group of backs in Dontavius Monroe, Shondarrius Phillips and Lamar Washington. This eight-team district is as tough as it gets in Palm Beach County.
As far as the easiest district, there is no easy district in Palm Beach County. Like star sports agent Drew Rosenhaus would say, “Next question.”
@Austin32Webb: How do you think Seminole Ridge will do this year? What are the Hawks’ biggest assets? Playoffs?
Ridge will get to the playoffs again this season. It may be tough to win the district with a dangerous Palm Beach Gardens team standing in the way, but a district title is possible. BCS prospect DB Jalen Young will lead the way, playing on both sides of the ball and making his impact felt with his playmaking ability.
On the sidelines, Scott Barnwell feels more comfortable in his second year as the head coach. Barnwell said he felt rushed in his first year, but now his players have a better understanding of his schemes. That should help.
It should be a fun season at the Ridge.
Note: I won’t have a mailbag next week because I’ll be on vacation. But continue to send questions my way and I’ll answer them when I return. See you guys, soon.
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.