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SCOREBOARD: Football Week 1

Sep 03, 2015 -- 3:48pm

Week 1

Friday, August 28th

#1 American Heritage20
Boynton Beach6
#2 Dwyer48
Fort Pierce Westwood0
#3 Fort Pierce Central35
#5 Wellington7
#4 Atlantic49
#6 Vero Beach37
#7 West Boca Raton16
Boca Raton30
Gulliver Prep0
#8 Oxbridge Academy46
#9 Glades Central34
Royal Palm Beach 20 
Martin County28
Forest Hill28
Park Vista16
Palm Beach Central0
Palm Beach Gardens26
John I. Leonard6
Lake Worth10
Palm Beach Lakes9
Cardinal Newman0
Spanish River54
Village Academy10
North Broward Prep26
Olympic Heights22
St. Andrew's13
South Fork38
Jensen Beach29
St. Edward's28
Community School of Naples31
John Carroll20
Port St. Lucie13
Coral Springs Charter44
Inlet Grove32
Jupiter Christian12
Westminster Academy35
King's Academy0
Boca Raton Christian40
Bayshore Christian8

Saturday, August 29th

Glades Day14
#10 Seminole Ridge14


ESPN West Palm/WPTV Week 2 High School Football Top 10: Duse's Explanation

Sep 01, 2015 -- 10:00am
By: Wells Dusenbury
ESPN 106.3 High School Reporter
Week 1 is in the books and we learned a little bit more about several teams. Keep in mind, it's still early, but after the first week, when the games REALLY counted, here are the Top 10 teams in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
1) American Heritage
2) Dwyer
3) Atlantic
4) Ft. Pierce Central
5) Glades Central
6) Oxbridge Academy
7) Pahokee
8) Vero Beach
9) South Fork
10) Boca Raton
-American Heritage maintains the top spot in the poll this week. On Friday, the Stallions went on the road and knocked off a solid Naples team fresh off an 11-2 season last year.
-Dwyer's aerial attack continues to impress as junior Toddy Centeio threw for 4 touchdowns in the team's 48-6 win over Boynton Beach. Sophomore Varrick Davis was the recipient of three of those touchdown strikes.
-Atlantic made the biggest statement last week as they pounded Wellington 49-7 in the season opener. The Eagles ground game was nearly unstoppable on Friday night. Four different running backs scored for Atlantic as Dontavius Monroe, Jerrod Ferguson, Lamar Washington and Shawndarius Phillips all found the end zone. 
-Ft. Pierce Central cruised past rival Ft. Pierce Westwood, knocking off the Panthers 35-0 in Showdown 34. The Cobras have now outscored Westwood 232-0 in the team's past five meetings.
-Glades Central picked up an impressive Week One win, as the Raiders topped Royal Palm Beach 34-20 on the road. Senior running back Ja'Kevious Vickers had a monster game for the Raiders, rushing for over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns.
-Oxbridge Academy's FHSAA debut was a resounding success as the Thunderwolves blanked Gulliver Prep 46-0. 
-After falling to Seminole Ridge 54-21 last season, Pahokee exacted revenge on the Hawks this past weekend. Behind two rushing touchdowns from McArthur Burnett, the Blue Devils ran to a 24-15 victory.
-Vero Beach had no issues against visiting Sanatluces as the Fighting Indians rolled to a 37-0 win.
-South Fork makes its debut at number nine after topping crosstown rival Jensen Beach 38-29.
-Boca Raton scored a major upset as the team beat rival West Boca Raton 30-16. The Bobcats will look to make it two in a row as they face Palm Beach Gardens on Friday. 

SCOREBOARD: 2015 Kickoff Classics

Aug 26, 2015 -- 4:01pm


Thursday, August 20th

Boynton Beach34
Pope John Paul II34
Cardinal Newman10
Palm Bay34
at Disney Wide World of SportsFINAL
DeSoto Central (Miss.)38
Jensen Beach7

Friday, August 21st

Boca Christian35
Boca Raton48
Coral Springs13
Forest Hill42
John I. Leonard32
Oxbridge Academy18
Fort Pierce Central28
Olympic Heights0
Port St. Lucie41
Palm Beach Central6
American Heritage42
South Fork35
Palm Beach Gardens21
Palm Beach Lakes14
Park Vista0
West Boca Raton24
West Broward7
Spanish River28
Archbishop Curley6
Inlet Grove14
First Baptist7
Village Academy7
John Carroll35
Merritt Island Christian0
St. Edward's27
Berean Christian43
St. John's0
SJB Leadership Academy 
Glades Day 
Moore Haven45
Jupiter Christian14
Florida Christian6
St. Andrew's20
Miami Central48
Royal Palm Beach6
King's Academy21
Fort Pierce Westwood35
Treasure Coast22
Vero Beach17
Martin County24
Seminole Ridge47
Lake Worth6
Glades Central25


ESPN West Palm/WPTV Week 1 High School Football Top 10: Duse's Explanation

Aug 25, 2015 -- 10:30am
By: Wells Dusenbury
ESPN 106.3 High School Reporter
With a minuscule sample size of games to work with, preseason rankings are always incredibly challenging. As a result, the Top 10 will be very fluid in the beginning of the season as we slowly begin to accumulate more on-field results. Without further ado, here's the preseason top 10.
1) American Heritage
2) Dwyer
3) Ft. Pierce Central
4) Atlantic
5) Wellington
6) Vero Beach
7) West Boca
8) Oxbridge Academy
9) Glades Central
10) Seminole Ridge
-American Heritage tops the poll after reaching the Class 3A State Championship game last year. The Stallions graduated many starters from that squad, but have reloaded for 2015. Heritage arguably has the area's best stable of running backs in Devin Singletary, Alec Sinkfeld, DJ Davis and Dwyer transfer Cornelius Smith .
-Dwyer shockingly missed out on the postseason last year, but don't expect there to be any hangover in 2015. The Panthers' passing attack has looked strong in their spring and kickoff classic games with Royal Palm Beach QB transfer Toddy Centeio stepping in where Daniel Parr left off. Centeio has a pair of explosive receivers to work with in Florida commit Isaiah Johnson and sophomore Varrick Davis.
-After a surprising 4-5 season last year, Ft. Pierce Central is ready to jump back among the area elite. Senior quarterback Jake Celidonio looks more confortable with a full year of starting under his belt and has plenty of weapons to work with. The Cobras are loaded with blue-chip talent as 6-foot-6, 365 lb. offensive lineman Stewart Reese, linebacker Greg Simmons (Nebraska), defensive tackle Will Davis (FAU) and receiver Antonio Hadden (FAU) return for their senior seasons.
-Atlantic will give American Heritage a run for its money in terms of stacked running back stables. With seniors Dontavius Monroe, West Boca transfer Jerrod Ferguson, Shawndarius Phillips and Lamar Washington are back, the Eagles have an embarrassment of riches in the backfield. 
-Wellington returns the area's top offensive weapon in senior receiver Ahmmon Richards. In the team's Kickoff Classic win over Palm Beach Lakes, the Miami commit tallied over 200 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns. St. Thomas Aquinas transfer Blake Dever steps into the starting quarterback role vacated by Shannon Patrick. The early returns have been impressive as he went 13-18 with 255 yards and 4 touchdowns on Friday night. 
-Vero Beach is hoping to build on last year's district title and run to the 8A Regional Semifinals. The Fighting Indians have a talented group returning, led by defensive end Patrick Bethel and wide receiver MJ McGriff. 
-West Boca should have one of the area's best defenses as it returns every starter from last year's 7-3 team. The Bulls are loaded at linebacker with Oakley Lavelli, Grant Telford and Bryan Sulliver all back as seniors. 
-Oxbridge Academy is looking to take the next step in the program's evolution as it moves into Class 3A. Miami running back commit Travis Homer was sensational in the team's Kickoff Classic loss to Ft. Pierce Central, recording a highlight-reel 99-yard touchdown run.
-While Glades Central has to replace a lot of talent from last year's team, they do bring back one of the area's top QBs in James Blackmon. The six-foot-four junior picked up an offer from Miami in the offseason.
-To no surprise, Seminole Ridge's strength will be its offensive line, where it returns all five starters. The Hawks should get a boost as senior QB Dalton Trimble is back after missing most of last season with a torn ACL. 

Kickoff Classic Notebook: Seminole Ridge's back-up plan, Varrick Davis' emergence & more

Aug 24, 2015 -- 11:42am
By: Wells Dusenbury
ESPN 106.3 Reporter
Twitter: @DuseReport1063

-Heading into Friday night's Kickoff Classic, Seminole Ridge head coach Scott Barnwell had one goal in mind: Get reps for his back-up quarterbacks. Last year, starting quarterback Dalton Trimble suffered a torn ACL in the team's second game, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season. With an inexperienced back-up, the team struggled to find any consistent offensive rhythm and finished the year 5-5.

"We wanted to make sure that never happens again," said Barnwell.

So with Trimble back healthy, and thoroughly entrenched as the starter, Barnwell decided to sit his senior QB in favor of getting a pair of younger players some valuable playing experience. Sophomore running back Jeremiah Brown and junior Michael Adeyanju split time at quarterback as the Hawks rolled to a 47-7 win over Taravella.

Barnwell said he was impressed by duo, especially Brown, who normally serves as the team's starting running back. While Trimble will be back under center against Pahokee this Friday, the Hawks do enter the regular season with its back-up quarterbacks having some real game experience.

-The star of Seminole Ridge's victory, however, was do-it-all senior Joey Schergen. The speedy senior showed off his versatility against Taravella, scoring four touchdowns in three different ways for the Hawks. Schergen wasted no time on Friday as he returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. The senior, who started at running back with Brown at QB, rushed for 46 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, Schergen also tallied 3 catches for 98 yards and 1 touchdown.

"Joey brings a whole different level because he's so athletic," said Barnwell. "He's deceivingly fast. He doesn't look like he's moving that fast, but no one seems to catch him."

-While Pahokee fell 7-0 to Atlantic in its Kickoff Classic, sophomore tight end Zatavian Morgan was a bright spot for the team. In the first quarter, the 6-foot-2, 235-pounder showed off his big-play capability with a leaping one-handed catch in traffic. Last year, Morgan started as freshman and caught nine touchdowns in his debut season.

With his size and athleticism, Morgan presents a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses as the Blue Devils can line him up next to the tackle or split him out wide. Head coach Alphonso Smith raved about his tight end's athleticism and said he plans to feature him more this upcoming season.

-After struggling mightily in its spring game versus Seminole Ridge, South Fork's defense has grown up quickly. With the team breaking in ten new starters at the time, the unit was torched by the Hawks, allowing 35 points in the first 14 minutes of its game. Three months later, the South Fork defense has taken a massive leap forward.

On Friday night, the Bulldogs topped Palm Beach Gardens 35-21, with the defense making critical stops all night long. The most notable example came late in the contest. With the Gators on the South Fork two-yard line in the 4th quarter, the Bulldog defense denied Gardens on the goal-line, forcing a turnover on downs and sealing the win for the team.

While the first half of the spring game wasn't the most pleasant experience, head coach Mike Lavelle thinks its served his team in the long run.

"The game snuck up on them," said Lavelle of the Seminole Ridge game. "I think they grew up in the spring game and we tried to take the forward this year. The kids made plays defensively. We've got a lot of skill players offensively, and those are the guys that get the ink in the paper, but defensively we've got some good kids out there."

-Palm Beach Gardens safety Devin Studstill was forced to watch the team's loss from the sidelines on Friday night. Due to an FHSAA rule, the three-star recruit was unable to suit up since he hadn't participated in five fall practices. The senior spent the first two weeks of camp in Georgia, working as a ball-boy for the Atlanta Falcons. Studstill, however, will be back in the line-up as the Gators kickoff the regular season this week versus John I. Leonard.

-With Studstill out on Friday, fellow defensive back Amari Carter made his presence felt. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound hulking safety delivered a number of bone-crushing hits against the Bulldogs. Carter, who's only a junior, showed why he will be a major defensive recruit next season. Check out one of his hits from Friday night in the video below.

(Sidebar: I recorded this off the camera during halftime, so the Lady Antebellum you hear is coming from the stadium loudspeakers, not me. As to why was "Need You Now" was playing at a football game?  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

-With super-productive wideouts Tavares Martin and Dante Cousart off in college, Dwyer entered the falling looking for another target to compliment University of Florida commit Isaiah Johnson. After one game, it looks Dwyer looks like has found its answer. In the team's win over Miami Northwestern, sophomore Varrick Davis showed off his big-play capability, hauling in two long touchdown grabs.

On his first score, he streaked past the opposing cornerback and help-safety on the right sideline, hauling in a perfectly placed ball from Toddy Centeio for an 80-yard strike. On his second touchdown, he utilized his speed once again as he outraced the defense to turn a 20-yard catch down the middle into a 65-yard score.

With an experienced QB in Centeio and a explosive wideout next to him in Johnson, Davis will have the opportunity to put together a major season.

Boys Lacrosse: Jupiter's Michael Dean commits to Jacksonville

Aug 18, 2015 -- 12:09pm
By: Wells Dusenbury
ESPN 106.3 Reporter
Twitter: @DuseReport1063

Jupiter's Michael Dean will be continuing his lacrosse career in the Sunshine State.

The junior attackman has verbally committed to Jacksonville University. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder said the school's proximity played a factor in his decision.

"I really liked [Jacksonville] when I went up there," said Dean. "I think it would be a great to stay in Florida where I've played my whole life."

Jacksonville, the only Division 1 men's lacrosse program in Florida, completed its fifth season of varsity play this past year. The Dolphins finished the 2015 season 4-8 in the Southern Conference.

Dean is coming off a stellar sophomore campaign in which he tallied 52 goals and 17 assists. The attackman was a key offensive piece for a Jupiter team that went 19-4 with an appearance in the Regional Finals.

In addition to playing close to home in Jacksonville, he'll also be reunited with a former teammate. Jupiter alum Zach Crotty, who also plays attack, is entering his freshman year with the Dolphins.

"It's pretty cool," said Dean. "I work out with him all the time. He's one of the my best friends, so it will be cool to keep playing with him."

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