Weekend rewind: Atlantic stays hot, Dwyer wins big

There were some lopsided scores across the county as teams began to separate themselves from the pack.

Here are some highlights from Week 3:

* Rashawn Faustine had two kick-return touchdowns in Boca Raton’s win over Boynton Beach. (Story)

* Cardinal Newman surprised Olympic Heights in an impressive road win (Story)

* Wellington bounced back from a loss to Vero Beach by beating Park Vista (Story; photo gallery)

* Atlantic’s run of quality wins continued with a road victory over Pahokee (Story; photo gallery)

* Royal Palm Beach fell to an unbeaten Centennial squad (Story)

In other games around the area, Palm Beach Central routed Miami-Braddock 63-7. … Dwyer took down Glades Central in Belle Glade 42-14. … Suncoast edged Spanish River 32-25. … King’s Academy blanked Glades Day 26-0. … Benjamin beat Miami-LaSalle 41-0.

Check out our scoreboard for more results.

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Four takeaways:

1) Atlantic may go undefeated: It’s starting to look like a real possibility that the Eagles can run the table and head into the postseason unbeaten. After collecting wins over three very good teams to open the season, Atlantic will face a difficult road test against Park Vista before their schedule lightens and they face four consecutive teams currently below .500. They’ll close the season with matchups against Boca Raton and Wellington. Obviously, a lot can happen between now and the end of the year, but the Eagles are soaring.

2) Hello there, Cardinal Newman: Even though I predicted Olympic Heights would top Cardinal Newman, it wasn’t that surprising that the Crusaders beat the Lions. The way they did it, though, was impressive. Cardinal Newman doubled up an improved Olympic Heights team, running away with an impressive 40-20 road win and establishing themselves as a team to watch. The Crusaders have now scored at least 40 points in all three of their games, and running back Chris D’or seems unstoppable. Cardinal Newman will have an opportunity to make an even bigger statement next week, as they go on the road to face Pahokee.

3) Wellington shows resiliency: Like Park Vista the week before, the Wolverines were trying to bounce back from a demoralizing blowout loss to a state-championship caliber team. Wellington responded the same way, picking up a quality win over a good Cobras team. The Wolverines’ ability to refocus and come out on top in the low-scoring game was impressive, and a testament to the resiliency of Tom Abel’s squad.

4) BREAKING NEWS: DeAnte Nelson is good at football: Pahokee enters every season with high expectations and its eyes set on a state championship. And they have the schedule to prove it. The Blue Devils hung close with Atlantic, a team that may well go on to contend for a state title of its own this season, even without star running back Ja’tarie Washington in the fold. DeAnte Nelson picked up the slack, catching three of his six targets for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He also added three interceptions and a 17-yard run.

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How did Ryan do?

Record: 16-5

Best pick: I predicted King’s Academy would beat Glades Day 33-6, and the actual final score was 26-0.

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