This week’s action will see several teams square off against district rivals as we enter the meat of the high school football season.
With Atlantic on a bye week following three impressive wins, which other teams will make statements in Week 4 and join the Eagles in establishing themselves as a top team in the county?
Highlighted games for this week include Monsignor Pace visiting American Heritage, Palm Beach Central hosting Wellington and a matchup of unbeatens between Palm Beach Gardens and Seminole Ridge.
All games are Friday at 6 p.m. unless noted.
Fort-Lauderdale Archbishop McCarthy (0-2) at Boynton Beach (0-2), Thursday, 6 p.m.: Boynton Beach has yet to pick up a win, though they did play Olympic Heights tight to open their season. Archbishop McCarthy has been outscored 47-0 so far this season, so I expect the Tigers to bank their first victory.
Boynton Beach 24-6
Benjamin (3-0) at Gulliver Prep (2-1), Friday, 4 p.m.: Gulliver Prep’s loss was to a good Key West squad. But Benjamin has been rolling so far, and they should remain undefeated by picking up a quality win.
Cardinal Newman (3-0) at Pahokee (1-1): The Crusaders offense has been a force all season, but Pahokee enters off a competitive loss to Atlantic. Expect a close one.
Forest Hill (3-0) at Royal Palm Beach (0-3): I liked what I saw from the rebuilding Wildcats last week against Centennial. Brighter days are ahead for Royal Palm Beach, but Forest Hill is firing on all cylinders.
Forest Hill 35-9
Olympic Heights (2-1) at West Boca Raton (0-3): The Lions will need to bounce back from a big loss to Cardinal Newman, and should do so against the winless Bulls.
Olympic Heights 34-0
Palm Beach Gardens (3-0) at Seminole Ridge (2-0): This is the first real test for both unbeaten teams. The Gators offense has been more explosive to begin the year, so I give them an edge, even on the road.
Palm Beach Gardens 35-20
Palm Beach Lakes (1-1) at Dwyer (2-1): Coming off a big win over Glades Central, Dwyer seems to have found its form.
Park Vista (1-2) at Lake Worth (0-2): Park Vista is better than its record indicates, and Lake Worth is still in the early stages of the rebuilding process with Don Hanna at the helm.
Park Vista 28-0
Santaluces (1-2) at John I. Leonard (0-2): The Lancers have suffered lopsided losses to a pair of quality opponents, while the Chiefs picked up their first win last week, beating West Boca.
Spanish River (0-3) at Boca Raton (2-1): Michael Pratt and Boca Raton should be too much for the winless Sharks.
Boca Raton 35-13
Wellington (2-1) at Palm Beach Central (2-1): This one should be good. The Broncos have put up big point totals in back-to-back weeks, but Wellington is coming off an impressive victory over Park Vista. I’ve got Central in a tight one.
Palm Beach Central 21-20
Boca Raton Christian (1-2) at Inlet Grove (2-1), Friday, 7 p.m.: The Hurricanes have a win over Berean Christian, who Boca Raton Christian lost to early this season.
Inlet Grove 23-20
Glades Day (1-2) at St. Andrew’s (2-1), Friday, 7 p.m.: The Scots have won two straight, but Glades Day’s two losses this season have come against King’s Academy and Benjamin, who are both very good.
Glades Day 31-23
King’s Academy (3-0) at Miami-LaSalle (1-2), Friday, 7 p.m.: It’s the classic get-together between the Lions (King’s Academy) and the Royal Lions (LaSalle). Benjamin just beat LaSalle 41-0, so I expect King’s Academy to do similar damage.
King’s Academy 42-0
Monsignor Pace (3-0) at American Heritage (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.: This is a big-time matchup between teams at the top of their respective classes. Pace has won several close games this season, while the Stallions have some quality W’s under their belts as well. I expect a close, hard-fought game.
American Heritage 35-32
St. John Paul II Academy (0-3) at Marathon (2-1), Friday, 7 p.m.: The Eagles came close to their first win of the season, falling 21-19 to Pembroke Pines Charter last week. Marathon is a tougher opponent.
Somerset Canyons (1-2) at Westminster Academy (2-1), Friday, 7 p.m.: Somerset Canyons lost to Somerset Academy-Pembroke Pines, who Westminster topped earlier this season.
Westminster Academy 31-6
Suncoast (1-2) at Pompano Beach (0-2), Friday, 7 p.m.: Pompano Beach has yet to get on the scoreboard this season, while Suncoast is coming off a win over Spanish River.
Village Academy (0-3) at Nova University School (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.: Village Academy has yet to score in three games this year and things don’t get easier against Nova University School, the top team in Class 4A in the latest AP poll that blew out Glades Central to open the season.
Nova University School 42-0
Jupiter Christian (2-0) at Berean Christian (1-2), Saturday, 7 p.m.: Berean is coming off a 78-0 loss to Holy Trinity and may face similar issues against a Jupiter Christian team that has won big in both its games this season.
Jupiter Christian 49-6