September 4: Palm Beach/East Coast Preview

Week 1 in Florida High School football sees two games in Palm Beach/East Coast Area that feature playoff opponents in non-District match-ups. Here is a preview of those games.

Atlantic at Pahokee: Continuing with the trend of big-time match-ups in week one, 6A #5 Atlantic will travel to 2B #2 Pahokee in a battle of two of Palm Beach Counties best programs. Pahokee is coming off of another State Title, while Atlantic was rolling last year before being upset in the playoffs.

Offense, offense, offense. Both can flat put points on the board with a variety of play-makers. Atlantic starts with VT QB commit Mark Leal, OSU WR commit James Louis, and Minnesota RB commit Darnell Kirkwood. Throw in some younger studs and a solid OL and the Pahokee D will be challenged early and often.

The Blue Devils may have even more firepower with national WR recruit Chris Dunkley, FSU commit DeJoshua Johnson, WVU WR commit Fred Pickett, and WR Dennis Hall. One advantage for Pahokee is the guys in the trenches: Antonio Ford, Richard Ash, Doral Willis, and Willie Bowles. Incredible that a school the size of Pahokee can have such size and talent in the same class.

An interesting 'game within the game' exists between Dunkley and Louis- two WR prospects who were once considered heavy UF leans. Louis has since committed to Ohio State, but it is believed that the Gators are not done recruiting him.

Pahokee's defense is a better and that carries them to victory.

Pahokee 35, Atlantic 24

Westwood at Treasure Coast: These are arguably the two best teams on the Treasure/East Coast. Westwood has been on the upswing, but must rebound from a loss in the Spring to Jupiter Christian. Treasure Coast has the talent, are they ready to get it done on the field?

The defense is going to be asked to carry this Titan team and it all starts with all world LB Jeff Luc. Luc simply blows people up, he is the biggest hitter in the state. UGA commit Deon Rogers, LB Ed Foley, and a pair of 2011 prospects (Lamarcus Brutus and Keelin Smith) round out a very talented unit.

Westwood's new starting QB Travares Copeland had a big game last week and he will need to carry that into this week. WR Leon Shorter is one of the state's best. They must establish a some type of running game early and hope to hit some plays down the field.

Treasure Coast appears to be too strong for Westwood.

Treasure Coast 28, Westwood 20


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