Posted: 11:42 am Saturday, August 31st, 2013
By Jeff Greer
The 2013 football season has finally kicked off, with some 28 games across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
Boynton Beach, Clewiston, Dwyer and Royal Palm Beach made fantastic first impressions, and it’s clear the Post Top 10 needs some reconfiguration, which always happens after the first week.
First, a few headlines on PBGametime from last night’s action:
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How did the Post’s preseason Top 15 teams fare?
1. Dwyer (1-0): Beat No. 9 Glades Central 35-0.
2. American Heritage (1-0): Beat Atlantic 31-12.
3. Fort Pierce Central (1-0): Beat Fort Pierce Westwood 42-0.
4. Palm Beach Central (0-1): Lost to No. 6 Royal Palm Beach 7-3.
5. Park Vista (0-1): Lost to Colerain (Ohio) 45-27.
6. Royal Palm Beach (1-0): Beat No. 4 Palm Beach Central 7-3.
7. Seminole Ridge (1-0): Beat Boca Raton 30-7.
8. Palm Beach Gardens (1-0): Beat No. 14 John I. Leonard 27-0.
9. Glades Central (0-1): Lost to No. 1 Dwyer 35-0.
10. Cardinal Newman (0-1): Lost to No. 13 Boynton Beach 34-27.
11. Pahokee (1-0): Beat Suncoast 12-0.
12. South Fork (0-1): Lost to Martin County 29-27.
13. Boynton Beach (1-0): Beat No. 10 Cardinal Newman 34-27.
14. John I. Leonard (0-1): Lost to No. 8 Palm Beach Gardens 27-0.
15. Jensen Beach (0-1): Lost to Lake Worth 20-14.
A few more teams deserve some consideration after impressive kickoff classics and Week 1 games. I’d say Clewiston and King’s Academy are in the top 17. South Fork and Jensen Beach will drop out. Martin County and Treasure Coast appear to be the next-best teams on the T-Coast behind Fort Pierce Central, but they’ve both have uneven performances so far.
1. Calming the worrywarts
For all the hand-wringing and tweaking out about Dwyer’s 44-13 demolishing at the hands of Miami Central last week, the Panthers showed Friday night they’re still the team to beat in Palm Beach County. People tend to forget what happens against the No. 1 team in the nation, especially if you play poorly, which Dwyer certainly did last weekend.
This time around, coach Jack Daniels stuck with his stud running back Alonso Smith and reaped the benefits. Smith was fantastic, running for 122 yards and a touchdown. Dwyer should win all of its regular-season games. Palm Beach Gardens and Royal Palm Beach appear to be the only challenges on the Panthers’ slate.
2. A long season ahead in the Glades?
Glades Central always has the highest expectations of any team in the county, at least from its fans. Just like last year, it’s important for Raiders’ fans to understand their team. They play one of the state’s toughest schedules. In other words, there’s a very real chance Glades Central finishes 3-7 or 4-6 and still makes the postseason. The ceiling for this team is the regional finals. There are serious issues on offense, and they need to decide ASAP who their quarterback is and stick with him. Against Dwyer, if Glades Central was planning to pass, Giovanni Lugo (9 of 19, 70 yards, one interception) came in. If Central wanted to run, Jonathon Istache came in.
Meanwhile Pahokee struggled on offense for the second week in a row, scoring the same total (12) it had against Clewiston. The Blue Devils have a lot of talent. They need to figure out how to use it, and fast. Glades Day took some time to put away Oxbridge, a transitional program that’ll be good in a few seasons. Right now the only Glades area team off to a nice start is Clewiston. Pete Walker has the Tigers rolling already.
3. Royal Palm Beach’s roar
The Wildcats, as we’ve mentioned in a few places, have great talent at their skill positions. There were some concerns in the offseason about their offensive and defensive lines holding up. Those problems generally manifest themselves in late October and November. But on Friday night, Royal Palm Beach was unreal on defense, holding Palm Beach Central to 224 yards of offense. DeMarcus Holloway is a guy to keep an eye on — he ran for 130 yards.
4. Streaking at the Martin Bowl?
We spent much of the week anticipating a streaker at the Martin Bowl, only to have his plans squashed by threats of suspension and other punishments. Can’t blame the kid for backing off his promise after several days’ worth of encouragement from classmates on Twitter. But it turns out Martin County and South Fork didn’t need any help creating entertainment after all. Martin County had a 13-point lead at the half, but South Fork fought back to a final field goal attempt for the win. An ode to FSU fans, Bulldogs kicker Rider Peppler kicked wide right.
How’d Jeff do?
Predictions record: 23-5
Best pick: A few were close, but I only missed Glades Day-Oxbridge by a touchdown. I had Glades Day winning 28-7, and the Gators won 35-7.
Where’s Jeff for Week 2?
I’ll be at Park Vista-Palm Beach Gardens to watch what could be a playoff preview. Gardens is feeling good after a dominant win over John I. Leonard. Vista returns to Palm Beach County hungry for a win after a Week 1 loss in Ohio.