Post high school football predictions: Proud Pahokee, Cardinal Newman have something to prove (with video)
Pahokee at Cardinal Newman. Two tradition-rich teams, each with something to prove.
Pahokee looks to recover from a 52-0 stomping at Dwyer last week. The Blue Devils were bottled up, unable to do much of anything against a hungry Panthers club. Pahokee fell to 2-1 - and dropped out of The Palm Beach Post's Top-10 rankings for the first time in recent memory.
Cardinal Newman (3-0) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week, and the school has picked Friday night for a gala celebration of Crusader tradition. They've selected a 103-member All-Newman team, celebrating such NFL players as Abram Elam, Jacoby Ford and John Carney, and invited alums from all corners of the country to come cheer on their team.
Not saying they want to spoil the party, but Pahokee certainly wouldn't mind reminding one and all it is still one of the premier programs in the area.
Look for the Blue Devils to use senior running back Jamal Dortch (6 TDs in 3 games) to the fullest. He's their best playmaker, and they'll likely lean on him. Newman's defense doesn't have Dwyer's stifling size, so Pahokee quarterback Joe Eason should be able to breathe a little more this week.
The Crusaders' offense has shown it can score. They have their own game-breaker in senior back Troy Campana, a smaller, speedier weapon than Pahokee's Dortch. New quarterback Brett Benes is on the same page with multipurpose back Travis Rudolph, a freshman, and wide receiver Xavier Swinton. Sophomore back Devonte Brown has been a breakout player.
Matt Porter's pick: After three blowout wins, Crusaders fans are all-in. But their team hasn't faced anyone like Pahokee yet. A win Friday would be huge for either team's season. Despite how badly Newman wants it, I think Pahokee has the mettle to take care of business on the road -- and prove it isn't going away, not just yet. Blue Devils, 24-21.
Jeff Greer's pick: Cardinal Newman is off to a great start, with three blowout wins over Suncoast, Benjamin and Forest Hill. But the Crusaders haven't seen athletes like the ones Pahokee has. Pahokee wins, 35-27.
Porter: Here are some other games I like.
Palm Beach Central is a tough team playing in the toughest district around (8-6A). It's a little early to be thinking about playing spoiler, but I do think Palm Beach Central is going to dash someone's playoff hopes. But it won't happen this week against Park Vista. Cobras 34-17.
Since I don't know which Jupiter is showing up tomorrow - the team that almost beat Park Vista in Week 1, or the team that lost to Seminole Ridge 35-0 last week - I have to take a tough Vero Beach squad on the road. Indians, 27-20.
American Heritage and Pope John Paul II were involved in close games last week, but American Heritage is on a roll after almost upsetting Glades Central in Muck City. Stallions, 35-10.
Greer: West Boca has the defense to clamp down Palm Beach Lakes' athletes. I like West Boca in a close one, 21-16.
Roshard Burney and Alex Clark give Palm Beach Gardens a nice rushing attack. Treasure Coast still hasn't found its offense. Gardens, 13-8.
Look for Lake Worth to ride quarterback Evan Moore and get back on track with a big 49-6 win at Forest Hill.
(Home teams in capitals)
AMERICAN HERITAGE 35, Pope John Paul II 10
ST. ANDREW'S 14, Berean Christian 9
SANTALUCES 34, Boynton Beach 12
ISLAND COAST 48, Clewiston 12
John I. Leonard 40, SPANISH RIVER 7
Olympic Heights 21, HALLANDALE 17
Pahokee 24, CARDINAL NEWMAN 21
Park Vista 34, Palm Beach Central 17
ZION LUTHERAN 26, Summit Christian 23
GLADES CENTRAL 30, Royal Palm Beach 6
Vero Beach 27, JUPITER 20
Fort Pierce Westwood 44, TITUSVILLE 14
University of Nova 49, INLET GROVE 6
Seminole Ridge 20, BOCA RATON 13
Archbishop McCarthy 38, WELLINGTON 7
Fort Pierce Central 20, CENTENNIAL 7
Holy Trinity 35, JOHN CARROLL 28
Lake Worth 49, FOREST HILL 6
Martin County 28, PORT ST. LUCIE 14
SEBASTIAN RIVER 35, Okeechobee 0
Pahokee 35, CARDINAL NEWMAN 27
WEST BOCA RATON 21, Palm Beach Lakes 16
PALM BEACH GARDENS 13, Treasure Coast 8
GLADES DAY 31, Village Academy 17
BENJAMIN 21, Woods Haven Prep 7
King's Academy 17, RANSOM EVERGLADES 14
Last week: Jeff 13-0, Matt 12-2
Season records: Matt 35-7, Jeff 32-8