Weekend rewind: Special moment at Atlantic supersedes football

Some of the county’s undefeated teams took another step closer to an unblemished regular season on Friday night, while some undefeated hopefuls dropped their first contest of the year.

Here are some highlights from Week 7 in Palm Beach County:

  • Atlantic pulled away from Santaluces to remain undefeated (Game Story)
  • Park Vista won the 100th game in program history, topping Boca Raton (Game Story)
  • Dwyer won big over Wellington (Game Story)
  • Pahokee ran away with a win over Palm Beach Gardens (Game Story)

In other games around the area, American Heritage lost its first game of the season to Fort Lauderdale-University 50-14 … Forest Hill hung on to win 26-21 over Jupiter … Olympic Heights beat the International School of Broward … Inlet Grove finished a win over Berean Christian in a game that had been postponed several weeks due to weather … and John I Leonard won its first game of the season in emphatic fashion, topping Spanish River 47-6.

Check out our scoreboard for more results.

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Here are 4 Takeaways heading into Week 8:

1) Palm Beach Lakes makes statement: The Rams came into the week as a team that we still knew very little about, based on their results through the midway point of the season. Palm Beach Lakes beat a pair of rebuilding programs in Royal Palm Beach and Lake Worth, and its losses came against good teams in Dwyer and Pahokee, the latter via a 28-19 setback. Palm Beach Lakes also had a good showing against Trinity Christian Academy, a team that is considered among the state’s best, losing 25-6. Last Friday, against a Seminole Ridge squad whose only loss came in heartbreaking fashion against Wellington, the Rams made a statement, shutting out the Hawks, 25-0. A late-season contest with Forest Hill could be another opportunity for the Rams to assert themselves as a viable playoff contender.

2) John I. Leonard shows promise in matchup of winless teams: The Lancers squared off with Spanish River in a matchup of winless teams, so something had to give. But the way that Leonard won was impressive. The Lancers scored a season-high 47 points and limited Spanish River to only six points. As first-year head coach Keith Chattin looks to build the program into a consistent winner, this will be a game that the Lancers can look back on as the blue print for what they hope will be future success.

3) King’s Academy vs. Benjamin may be game of the year: The way that King’s Academy and Benjamin are mowing through the competition, it’s becoming clear that they may be the only teams standing in the way of a perfect season. King’s Academy won by 40 and Benjamin won by 34 on Friday and those results aren’t outliers. The Lions have outscored opponents 305-50 this season; the Bucs sit at an equally impressive 245-60 edge. The late-season matchup between these 3A powers has all the makings of a game-of-the-year candidate.

4) It’s about more than football: On Friday night, seven-year-old Mason Thomas, who was born with a disease that stunts flexibility in his joints, took the field at Atlantic Community High School just before the start of the second half of the game between Atlantic and Santaluces. Mason, decked out in a green Atlantic jersey, took a handoff and ran toward the end zone, crossing the goal line as those in the crowd, as well as the players surrounding him, cheered him on. It was a special moment for Mason and his family, who accompanied him on the sideline throughout the game. Credit to Atlantic coach T.J. Jackson and Santaluces coach Brian Coe, whose teams are both having impressive seasons, for taking a moment to step away from football and having their players help participate in a memorable, important moment. The players also did a fantastic job of setting the atmosphere, with players from both sides coming together in the end zone to celebrate Mason’s touchdown. Kudos to everyone involved, from the administration to those who conceived the idea of Mason’s touchdown, for producing a moment that reminded us all that sports is about more than just a result on a scoreboard.

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How did Ryan do?

Record: 15-3

Best pick: I predicted that Park Vista would top Boca Raton 24-21 and the final score was 24-14.

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