Three Palm Beach County teams look to stay alive in state playoffs


Three Palm Beach County teams remain in the state football playoffs following wins last week.

Pahokee (Class 1A), Oxbridge Academy (Class 3A) and Atlantic (Class 8A) will continue their bids for state titles Friday.

The Blue Devils travel to Madison County, and the ThunderWolves host Tallahassee-Florida State University in state semifinal matchups. The Eagles host Davie-Western in a regional championship contest.

All games kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Davie-Western (10-2) at Atlantic (10-1): Western upset Palm Beach Central last week, rallying from a 12-point deficit to advance to this round. Atlantic took down district rival Park Vista 14-7 in the teams’ second close game of the year. The Eagles’ defense is tough and can definitely hold the Wildcats. The question, once again, for Atlantic is its offense. If Shelley Singletary can break off some big runs or Florida commit Corey Gammage reels in some long catches, Atlantic should advance to the state semifinals. If Western’s defense holds, though, Atlantic will be in trouble.

Jodie: Atlantic 14-12; Adam: Atlantic 24-21.

Tallahassee-Florida State University (7-5) at Oxbridge Academy (9-1): The ThunderWolves earned their inaugural berth in the state semifinals with a rout of Melbourne Central Catholic last week. Oxbridge’s defense, as usual, was a big factor in that 32-7 win. The unit did not allow an offensive touchdown for the second consecutive game, and held the Hustlers to 27 rushing yards. The Seminoles enter on a roll, having knocked off two higher seeds and scoring a total of 84 points in those games. But matching that output will be tough against the ThunderWolves, particularly if Oxbridge can score early.

Jodie: Oxbridge Academy 26-7; Adam: Oxbridge Academy 35-13.

Pahokee (8-2) at Madison County (12-0): The Blue Devils face their biggest test of the postseason by far in the unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Cowboys, who outscored their first two playoff opponents by a combined 112-13. In last week’s regional final, Madison County routed state-ranked and unbeaten Cross City-Dixie County 62-7. Pahokee has gotten its offense going during the postseason, particularly on the ground, and will come at Madison County with its talented stable of running backs. But in order to advance to their second consecutive state championship game, the Blue Devils will need a big defensive performance. That could be asking a lot.

Jodie: Madison County 34-27; Adam: Madison County 28-27.

Records

Jodie: 166-37; Adam: 160-43.



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