American Heritage will seek another high-level victory while Glades Central and Park Vista face an intriguing showdown in the county
Florida high school football fans will be on Delray Beach this week as the American Heritage seeks to confirm its victory over Bishop Verot when the Stallions host Champagnat Catholic.
In addition, several decisive games in the county will pit the playoff contenders as they face each other for the playoffs. Below is our forecast of how some of the country's major games will unfold.
Central Glades (4-3) at Vista Park (5-3), 6:30 pm Thursday
As was demonstrated with their victory in mid-September on the Palm Beach Gardens, the Central Raiders Glades are a dangerous team despite their record. The Raiders boast a talented team of exceptional game leaders who have the potential to help create a surprise.
Last week, Park Vista was on alert when the Cobras hosted Lake Worth, but they won the game 35-0. The result and the caliber of the game reminded how much Park Vista had the talent to get contributions from both sides of the ball.
These teams have each faced Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens this season, but these results do not provide much context for this game. The Raiders won the aforementioned victory over the Palm Beach Gardens, while Park Vista lost 35-3 to the Gators.
But the Cobras won a more decisive victory over Wellington than Glades Central, who needed extra time to win. It should be a close match, but I give Park Vista and his field the advantage.
Park Vista 24-20
Santaluces (5-1) at Boca Raton (4-3), 6:30 pm Thursday
A look at the records indicates that Santaluces should win this victory, but it may not be so obvious.
Santaluces has won five straight games and claims they are the most popular team in Palm Beach County at the moment. The best victory of the leaders at this stage was won by Cardinal Newman, while Santaluces ceded to the Crusaders their only defeat of the year.
Even if Santaluces will play with a lot of momentum, Boca Raton also knows a good start. After an unbalanced defeat at Deerfield Beach, the Bobcats responded with two consecutive victories over Wellington, then Monarch and well-known quarterback Peter Zamora. Most importantly for this week's forecast, Boca Raton is undefeated at home this season, with three of his four home wins.
That said, I think the Bobcats might miss stopping Santaluces' winning streak.
Catholic Hialeah-Champagnat (5-2) at American Heritage (5-2), 7 pm Friday
It's one thing to go on the road to Fort Myers and to overthrow Bishop Verot, one of the best programs in Southwest Florida, but it's even harder to follow him a week later with a second victory. on a top 60 team in Florida's MaxPreps rankings. This is what the stallions are looking for when they welcome Champagnat Class 2A Catholic Champion.
Champagnat's two defeats were played against the highest competition: Lowndes, a nationally ranked team considered by many as the best in Georgia, and University School, No. 19 in the MaxPreps Florida standings.
The same could be said of American Heritage, which nearly won a road victory against a Vero Beach team that is on the verge of a state record for consecutive wins in the regular season and a champion in title of Cardinal Gibbons.
It's a heavyweight fight between small classification schools and will attract the attention of the state. I think the stallions offer repeated performance and eliminate a second consecutive giant.
American Heritage 24-21
Benjamin (4-3) at North Broward Prep (2-5), 7 pm Friday
The Benjamin Bucs need a win in the worst case. After suffering a mid-season loss to American Heritage, the Bucs are in free fall and have lost three consecutive games, the last being a 42-14 loss to Gulliver Prep.
To Benjamin's credit, his three defeats have been beaten by teams combining 20-2 this season.
The Bucs have a great opportunity to get back on the track against a North Broward Prep team that was outclassed 224-127 this season.