THREE SCHOOLS OUT OF THE WEST PALM BEACH
region earned the chance to play 13 games last fall—
American Heritage, Atlantic and Dwyer. Heritage was the lone
school out of the bunch to reach a state title game, with the
Stallions falling 30-3 to Jacksonville Trinity Christian in the
Class 3A final.
One year later and each one of the teams are back in posi-
tion to make a run in their respective classifications, along
with a few other programs expected to be state champion-
Keith Hindsley lost several key players that helped carry
American Heritage to the Class 3A title game and he’ll have a
solid cast returning, including running back Alex Sinkfield and
defensive backs Jarquez McClellon and Josh Turner.
At Atlantic, the Eagles will be once again stout defensively
as they return a couple key starters to the defensive backfield. The defense will be the backbone for an Atlantic team
that didn’t return many offensive starters and the Eagles
hope that’ll lead to a return to the Class 8A region finals.
Another solid season was put in the books by Dwyer
in 2015, as it was stopped just short of reaching a state
semifinal. Coach Jack Daniels’ club has benefitted over
the off-season from a bunch of key transfers and Dwyer
shouldn’t miss a beat locally.
A few other schools that should be in contention are Boca
The Glades Central and Pahokee annual ‘Muck Bowl’
Raton, Glades Central, Pahokee, Oxbridge Academy and
Wellington. All the aforementioned schools won six or more
games a year ago and should be postseason qualifiers and
could be in the running for state title bids.
matchup should generate a bit more buzz, as both teams are
coming off solid campaigns and combined for 17 wins from
the 2015 season. – Andy Villamarzo
ENTHUSIASM IS HIGH IN PALM BEACH COUNTY
AMERICAN HERITAGE STALLIONS (3A- 7)
2015 RECORD: 10-3
THE COACH: Keith Hindsley
THE PLAYERS: Noah Curtis (Sr., DL), Deon Humphrey (Sr.,
OL), Pierre Michel (Sr., OL), Greg Bain (Sr., WR), Brandon
Baity (Sr., LB), Josh Turner (Sr., DB), Alex Sinkfeld (Sr., RB),
Jarquez McClellion (Sr., DB).
THE WORD: A 30-3 loss to Jacksonville Trinity Christian
in the Class 3A state championship game is how American
Heritage’s season ended in 2015. Despite the Stallions
losing some of their top players from the Class 3A state
runner up squad, coach Keith Hindsley’s club shouldn’t
drop off too much this fall. The Stallions do return running
back Alex Sinkfield, who has offers from Kentucky, North
Carolina and Syracuse. The defense should remain stout
with the return of defensive backs Jarquez McClellion and
Josh Tuner, who has offers from Air Force, Army, Navy and
USF. American Heritage did lose a few of their top players to
sister school, Plantation American Heritage, as DL Lamont
McDougle and K/P Billy Mitchell are now gone.
ATLANTIC EAGLES (8A- 10)
2015 RECORD: 12-1
THE COACH: T.J. Jackson
THE PLAYERS: Marquis Waters (Sr., DB), George Hunter
(Sr., DB), Datrone Young (Sr., DB), Lamar Brewster (Sr., DB),
Endrickson Boucher (Sr., DB), Jaquell Parrish (Sr., LB), Kevin
Norris (Sr., LB), Jarrod Ferguson (Sr., ATH).
THE WORD: T.J. Jackson guided the Eagles to the region
finals last fall, before falling to Flanagan 35-0 in the Class
8A playoffs. Falling just a game short of reaching the state
championship, Jackson doesn’t think his team will be as
strong this fall after losing some key seniors. A few of the
starters the Eagles lost are linebacker Chanler Ferguson,
running back Donterrius Monroe and defensive backs
Antwaine Richardson and Deon Goulborne. Atlantic will be
loaded in the defensive backfield, with a slew of seniors
guarding the backend. Amongst those defensive backs will
be Marquis Waters, George Hunter III and Datrone Young.
The Eagles will rely on their defense heavily like they did
last season, but will be light in the trenches.
BENJAMIN BUCCANEERS (IND.)
2015 RECORD: 1-9
THE COACH: Ron Ream
THE PLAYERS: Lukas Lasher (Jr., RB), Martin Weisz (Sr.,
OL), Joe LaBovic (Sr., LB), Jon Chait (Soph., LB), Conor
Greene (Jr., OL), Chris Lytal (Sr., DB).
THE WORD: If Benjamin coach Ron Ream is going to turn
his program, he will have to do so with low numbers. One
of the team’s top players from last season, Andrew Casten,
has transferred to Palm Beach Dwyer. Several other players
from last year’s team have stopped playing football and
the Buccaneers and searching for answers. Many players
have switched schools, with some moving onto Suncoast.
Defensively, the Buccaneers do return some starters that
should be standouts this fall, including linebackers Lukas
Lasher, Joe LaBovic and defensive end Jon Chait. 6-foot- 5,
290-pound offensive lineman Martin Weisz will be one to
watch for on offense, opening up running lanes.
BEREAN CHRISTIAN BULLDOGS (IND.)
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BOCA RATON BOBCATS (8A- 10)
2015 RECORD: 9-3
THE COACH: Eric Davis
THE PLAYERS: Brandon Norman (Sr., QB), Andrew White
(Sr., LB), Matthew Johnson (Sr., OL), Shermar Moore (Sr.,
WR), Dante Lang (Sr., DL), Shelley Singletary (Jr., DB),
Corey Perry (Sr., DL).
THE WORD: Reaching the playoffs was one of the goals
set by Boca Raton for the 2015 campaign, but now will
have to re-tool their roster and find some capable starters.
Quarterback Phillip Santiago graduated this past spring
and is being replaced by senior incumbent Brandon
Norman. Another player coach Eric Davis will have to find
a replacement for is running back Bryce Hill, who rushed
for over 700 yards last fall. Stanley Bullard, the team’s
leading tackler from last year, is also gone and linebacker
Andrew White becomes the team’s top defensive player.
Senior Matthew Johnson returns as the club’s top offensive
lineman and will need to help keep Norman upright.
BOCA RATON CHRISTIAN BLAZERS (IND.)
2015 RECORD: 7-4
THE COACH: Clay Shiver
THE PLAYERS: Ishmael Garlobo (Jr., DT), Giacomo Fabiani
(Soph., QB), Austin Smith (Sr., WR), Joshua Trevino (Sr., OL),
Brian Van Bavel (Jr., WR), Jonathan Wheeler (Sr., DL), Kevin
Kline (Fr., OL).
THE WORD: Blazers coach Clay Shiver’s program is
coming off a successful 2015 campaign, but will have to fill
a few holes heading into summer camp and that includes
that quarterback position. Last fall, Ryan Rhoden was a
solid dual-threat under center and threw for over 1,000
yards and rushed for 629 yards, 10 touchdowns. Shiver
will replace Rhoden with sophomore Giacomo Fabiani,
who will be a first-year starter for Boca Raton Christian.
The sophomore will have a couple of receivers from last
season’s squad to throw to, including senior Austin Smith
and junior Brian Van Bavel. The offensive line will be a work
in progress, but one eye-popping prospect that joins the
scene is 6-foot- 4, 270-pound lineman Kevin Kline.
BOYNTON BEACH TIGERS (6A- 15)
2015 RECORD: 5-6
THE COACH: Errick Lowe
THE PLAYERS: Diodonne Renne (Sr., DB), Antoine Jerome
(Sr., WR), Jacob Mullally (Sr., QB), Johnny Athelus (Sr., WR),
Camouri Gillard (Sr., RB), Jason Mercier (Jr., DL), Bowd Soloman (Jr., DL), Abe Boydan (Jr., LB), Bradley St. Fort (Sr., DB).
THE WORD: A playoff appearance fell just out of reach for
the Tigers in 2015, with Boynton Beach being edged out by
Dillard for the runner-up spot in Class 6A, District 15. Tigers
coach Errick Lowe returns a talented group that could lead
to a postseason berth, but he’ll need contributions offensively by upperclassmen wide receivers Johnny Athleus and
Antoine Jerome, who holds an offer from Eastern Michigan.
6-foot- 2, 190-pound Jacob Mullally will be under center
for Lowe and should have the luxury of a strong rushing
attack, led by senior tailback Camouri Gillard. The defense
is a junior-laden unit and is led by standout defensive
end Jason Mercier, defensive tackle Bowd Soloman and
defensive back Abe Boydan.
CARDINAL NEWMAN CRUSADERS (3A- 7)
2015 RECORD: 1-9
THE COACH: Brian Pulaski
THE PLAYERS: Jake Tucker (Sr., LB), Amari Hayes (Sr.,
WR), Ameein Preston-Martin (Sr., DB), Cedric Vincent (Sr.,
WR), Nathan Grant (Sr., LB), Carson Powell (Sr., DB).
THE WORD: The 2015 campaign was a tough one to swallow
for the Crusaders, as their only victory was a 29-13 victory
against Suncoast. The Crusaders were competitive in a few
of their contests, but got blown out by the likes of American
Heritage, Spanish River, Village Academy and Oxbridge
Academy. Cardinal Newman ousted coach John Timmins over
the off-season and have since hired Brian Pulaski to lead the
program in a new direction and will have returners to help out
with the turnaround. Amongst the seniors back in the fold for
Cardinal Newman are wide receivers Amari Hayes and Cedric
Vincent. On defense, the Crusaders will be solid, with linebackers Jake Tucker and Nathan Grant leading an experienced
group and defensive backs Ameein Preston-Marin and Carson
Powell protecting the backend.
BEST IN THE
1. Top 5 Teams
■ American Heritage
■ Glades Central
■ Boca Raton
2. Player to Watch
■ Vandarius Cowan, Palm
3. Sleeper Player
■ Kevin Wright,
4. Team on the Rise
■ King’s Academy
5. Best Atmosphere
■ Glades Central
6. Game of the Year
■ Dwyer at Atlantic
Todd Centeio, Dwyer