Palm Beach County teams in for tight games in FHSAA playoffs


The first round of football’s state playoffs is in the books, and seven area teams have advanced to the second round.

Just one contest Friday features an all-Palm Beach County lineup, and that’s a rematch between district rivals Park Vista and Atlantic.

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The Cobras, who are coming off an upset of heavily favored Miramar last week in the Class 8A regional quarterfinals, dropped their earlier game against the Eagles 10-3.

All games kick off at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise listed.

Davie-Western (9-2) at Palm Beach Central (8-2): The Broncos had no issue in their rematch with Seminole Ridge in the first round of the playoffs, dispatching the Hawks 32-0. Central is playing its best football now, outscoring their last four opponents 136-0. But Western is coming into this game with one major scalp, taking down one of the Class 8A favorites in Deerfield Beach. The Wildcats will be a tough opponent.

Jodie: Palm Beach Central 18-14; Adam: Palm Beach Central 14-7

Park Vista (8-2) at Atlantic (9-1): When these two teams faced off in September, it came down to the last minute. The Cobras mounted a furious last drive only for the Eagles to stop it at the last second. Park Vista didn’t get in the end zone last time, but since then, the Cobras offense has averaged about 41 points per game. They scored 28 against Miramar, one of the top teams in Class 8A last week, which should give them plenty of momentum.

Jodie: Atlantic 17-10; Adam: Park Vista 21-20

Doral Academy (9-2) at Dwyer (8-2): The Panthers have won six straight games, including their playoff matchup with Hialeah-Mater Academy last week. Dwyer put up 43 points in that win, but the week before, the Panthers managed only 3 against West Boca Raton. The offense’s ability will continue to determine Dwyer’s playoff fate, as they face a high-scoring Doral Academy team that is averaging about 39 points per game.

Jodie: Doral Academy 24-20; Adam: Dwyer 35-28

Melbourne Central Catholic (8-3) at Oxbridge Academy (8-1): The ThunderWolves shook off a slow start against King’s Academy last week to run by the Lions in their first-round playoff matchup. As usual, Oxbridge was tremendous defensively in that game, allowing just 54 total yards. But things will get a lot tougher with the state-ranked Hustlers, who scored 55 points against Orlando-First Academy — another state-ranked team — in their regional semifinals matchup.

Jodie: Oxbridge Academy 20-17; Adam: Oxbridge Academy 21-18

Benjamin (8-2) at Hollywood-Chaminade Madonna (8-2): The Lions knocked off one Palm Beach County team last week in American Heritage, and get another one in the surging Bucs. Benjamin has beaten King’s Academy and Homestead-Everglades Prep Academy in consecutive weeks, and looked good in doing so. But state-ranked Chaminade Madonna will be a huge test for Benjamin. The Lions have won seven in a row, and have highly touted senior Shaun Shivers in the backfield.

Jodie: Chaminade Madonna 34-12; Adam: Chaminade Madonna 45-14

Frostproof (7-4) at Pahokee (7-2): The Blue Devils rushed for nearly 400 yards in a convincing win over Williston last week in the regional semifinals, and that was with starting running back Jateri Washington on the sidelines with an injury. Pahokee will need to be equally as sharp on offense as well as on defense against the Bulldogs, who upset previously unbeaten Wildwood in their first-round playoff matchup. Frostproof scored 59 points in that win. On the other hand, the Blue Devils have allowed more than 31 points just once this season.

Jodie: Pahokee 24-22; Adam: Pahokee 28-21

Records

Jodie: 161-36; Adam: 157-40



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