Posted: 3:35 pm Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Football mailbag: Best Week 1 matchup, Oxbridge Academy’s chances, my life? 

By Anthony Chiang

The countdown is nearly over. The start of the regular season is days away.

Oxbridge Academy's football team plans to move to district play next season. (Photo by Jennifer Podis)

Oxbridge Academy’s football team plans to move to district play next season. (Photo by Jennifer Podis)

In this week’s installment of the mailbag, we pick out the most intriguing Week 1 matchup, take a look at Oxbridge Academy, and examine my life during football season.

If you weren’t able to ask a question this week, you still have a chance to have your questions answered. Send your question for next week via Twitter, e-mail (achiang@pbpost.com) or in the comment section here.

The plan is to make this a weekly PBgametime feature that will be posted every Tuesday. So, keep the questions coming.

Off we go.

Lisa: What’s the most intriguing Week 1 matchup?

Anthony Chiang: Well, The Palm Beach Post’s PBgametime Game of the Week is Glades Central at Dwyer. But aside from that matchup, I’m really excited to watch Palm Beach Central and Royal Palm Beach face off. Both teams play an exciting brand of football and plenty of points should be scored.
I’m excited to see Wildcats quarterback Toddy Centeio spin it. This super sophomore has everybody talking after winning quarterback competitions across the state and attracting offers from schools like Nebraska and Miami this offseason. He’s a stud and he has the potential to be one of the best quarterbacks to ever come out of Palm Beach County. If he can put up a big performance in the season opener against a team like Palm Beach Central, it will be a huge step in the right direction for Centeio.

HighSchoolFballObsever: What will Oxbridge Academy do this year?

Anthony Chiang: Oxbridge Academy is on the rise and the Thunderwolves should have another high quality season before the expected move to FHSAA district play next season. Last year, Oxbridge (9-2) won the inaugural Gulf Atlantic Football Conference championship, and the Thunderwolves are contenders for the inaugural Gold Coast Football Conference title this season. I think the rest of the state’s independent teams are ready for Oxbridge to join an FHSAA district.

There are plenty of talented players on Oxbridge’s roster, but one name to look out for is senior Tre Gabriel. The shifty wide receiver caught 26 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns this year. He’s a versatile weapon that can line up as a slot receiver or even in the backfield. He’s a fun player to watch.

Andrew: How much does life change for you during football season?

Anthony Chiang: It gets so much better. Although I’m a lot busier, football season is fun. I get to make a fool of myself in our weekly video and I get to cover some of the best football teams in the state. It’s an honor to cover high school football in Palm Beach County.

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