Posted: 4:23 pm Monday, September 10th, 2012

Fort Pierce Central joins American Heritage, Dwyer in national rankings 

By Jeff Greer

American Heritage and Dwyer are used to national rankings, as are traditional powerhouses Glades Central and Pahokee. But another area program broke into the national conversation this week: Fort Pierce Central.

Central, loaded on both sides of the ball and a potential challenger to Dwyer, Bradenton-Manatee and Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas in the Class 7A playoffs in November, is ranked 100th in the newest RivalsHigh 100 poll of high school football teams. The Cobras haven’t finished their Week 2 game yet, though, which could alter their standing among the nation’s elite. They were trailing Melbourne-Palm Bay 12-0 when their Friday matchup was postponed. Action will pick up Monday night.

Meanwhile American Heritage (29) jumped 50 spots in the national rankings after its 36-28 win at Seffner-Armwood, which was one of the top-rated teams in the nation in the preseason. Dwyer (42) is also ranked, though the Panthers’ lack of high-profile games before American Heritage on Nov. 9 makes it hard for much upward movement over the course of the season.