DWYER PANTHERS (7A- 13)
2015 RECORD: 11-2
THE COACH: Jack Daniels
THE PLAYERS: Todd Centeio (Sr., QB), Cory Dempsey (Jr.,
LB), Jamal Gates (Sr., DE), Varrick Davis (Jr., WR), Austin
Evans (Sr., WR), Kenih Lovely (Jr., DB), Cameron Jones
(Jr., S), Daquan Walker (Jr., S), Antwan Lewis (Sr., DL),
Emmanuel Yisrael (Sr., LB).
THE WORD: The rich seemingly get richer, and that’s the
case with the Panthers heading into the 2016 campaign.
Dwyer had a bevy of transfers come during the off-season,
including wide receiver Austin Evans, linebacker Emmanuel
Yisrael and defensive lineman Antwan Lewis. Coming off
another impressive season at 11 wins, coach Jack Daniels
has weapons everywhere on offense. Quarterback Todd
Centeio was diagnosed with lupus and has seen his number
of offers dwindle, but the senior is good to go. Centeio will
have plenty of targets to throw to, which includes Evans and
junior standout Varrick Davis. Defensively, the Panthers will be
strong and the linebacking corps looks to be the strong suit of
the front seven, featuring Yisrael and Cory Dempsey.
FOREST HILL FALCONS (7A- 13)
2015 RECORD: 6-4
THE COACH: Jude Blessington
THE PLAYERS: Jason Jean-Louis (Sr., RB/LB), Angel Pellot
(Sr., MLB), Jordan Earle (Jr., OL/DL), Derrick Duggan (Sr.,
LB/RB), Daniel Doherty (Sr., OL/DL).
THE WORD: Coming off a respectable 6-4 season, Falcons
coach Jude Blessington might be looking a cupboard that’s
looking a bit bare. With the loss of quarterback Marcus
Frazier, who has since graduated and will play at Northwood
University, Forest Hill will turn to junior athlete Walter Alston
to likely fill the big shoes vacated by Frazier. Other than Alston
on offense, there will be several players going both ways at
the skill positions, including Jason Jean-Louis and Derrick
Duggan, whom will help in the backfield. Linemen Jordan Earle
and Daniel Doherty will both have double duties on both the
offensive and defensive sides. Middle linebacker Angel Pellot
helps fill out a solid front seven defensively.
GLADES CENTRAL RAIDERS (4A- 7)
2015 RECORD: 9-3
THE COACH: Rick Casko
THE PLAYERS: Cory Amilcar (Sr., DB), De’Andre Monroe
(Sr., OL), Markevious Blackmon (Sr., OL), James Blackman
(Sr., QB), Rodrick Martin (Sr., LB), Quantino Allen (Sr., WR),
Ruben Joseph (Sr., WR), Adrian Lockhart (Sr., DT).
THE WORD: The Raiders are coming off a season that saw
them fall just short of returning back to the state semifinals
and falling to Booker T. Washington 35-21 in the Class 4A
region final. A couple key losses from last season’s playoff
team is running back Je’Kevious Vickers and defensive lineman Corey Jenkins. Glades Central coach Rick Casko reloads,
though, with a strong defense and linebacker Rodrick Martin
and defensive back Cory Amilcar anchor an experienced
group. Offensively, the Raiders will go as far as the arm of
James Blackman will take then. The 6-foot- 4 quarterback has
offers currently from Akron, Florida Atlantic, Florida A&M and
Temple. Blackman will rely on a veteran receiving corps, led by
seniors Quantino Allen and Ruben Joseph.
GLADES DAY GATORS (2A- 8)
2015 RECORD: 3-7
THE COACH: Eric Pitts
THE PLAYERS: Christian Ellison (Sr., P), Markens Pierre (Sr.,
RB), Tareus Johnson (Sr., DB), Colby Connell (Sr., OL), Casey
Connell (Sr., OL), Jerald Jackson (Jr., WR), Jorge Acosta (Jr., TE),
Lorenzo Powe (Fr., RB), Anthony McPhee (Fr., DB).
THE WORD: Glades Day is coming off one of its toughest
seasons, missing out on the postseason for the first
time in years and the Gators this fall will compete as an
Independent. Numbers are very low, but the Gators look to
bounce back from a disappointing 2015 campaign which
saw the team win only three games. A couple bright spots
for Glades Day are freshmen Lorenzo Powe and Anthony
McPhee, whom both started as 8th graders last season.
Coach Eric Pitts has a few seniors that could help make the
2016 an improvement season. Brothers Colby and Casey
Connell will likely have to play both ways and help solidify a
young offensive and defensive line.
INLET GROVE HURRICANES (IND.)
2015 RECORD: 1-8
THE COACH: Edward Foster
THE PLAYERS: Voshon Jackson (Sr., RB), Mike Altenor (Sr.,
OL/DL), Mitch Desilume (Sr., DE), Curtis Bunche Jr. (Jr., WR),
Saneal Reynolds (Soph., LB).
THE WORD: Times have been tough for the Hurricanes
in recent years and just when they thought they had some
stability at the head coaching position, that has also been
vacated. Terry Bradden, who was also the school’s athletic
director, announced he was stepping down from both
positions to take an graduate assistant job at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. The lone victory
for the Hurrcanes in 2015 was the first win by the program
in a couple years, but now will take a step backwards and
Edward Foster stepped in during the spring as the interim
coach, with Bradden helping out. Senior running back
Voshon Jackson will be the featured player offensively, with
Curtis Bunche Jr. on the outside at wide receiver. Defensive
end Mitch Desilume returns for his senior season and
heads up a young defense.
JOHN I. LEONARD LANCERS (8A- 10)
2015 RECORD: 4-6
THE COACH: Kevin Fleury
THE PLAYERS: Didero St. Germaine (Jr., LB/ TE), Arnold
Augustine (Sr., RB), Vitaldo David (Jr., LB), Jequan Gray (Sr.,
WR), Kailen King (Sr., RB/DB), Vitaldo David (Jr., LB), Aaron
Pierre-Aime (Jr., RB).
THE WORD: The Lancers’ road to the postseason is a tough
one, with programs like Atlantic, Boca Raton and Park Vista in
Class 8A-District 10. John I. Leonard does have the advantage
of returning several players from last season’s 4-6 team, but
one of them isn’t quarterback Maleke Orozco, who graduated
this past spring. Now Lancers coach Kevin Fleury, who won a
state championship at Palm Beach Gardens when he coached
running back Emmanuel Cook, will have the senior cast to possibly reach the Class 8A playoffs this fall. Fleury has a couple
of running backs he’ll have to lean upon, which includes
Arnold Augustin (164 yards rushing) and Jeremiah Blatch, who
rushed for nearly 400 yards last fall.
JUPITER WARRIORS (8A- 9)
2015 RECORD: 0-10
THE COACH: Bill Powers
THE PLAYERS: Jarrett Donham (Sr., DL), Nicholas McDonald
(Jr., RB), Phillip McDonald (Sr., LB), Alex Piccirilli (Sr., QB/LB).
THE WORD: Warriors coach Bill Powers and crew endured a
0-10 season in 2015 and face the same tough schedule from
a year ago. For the Warriors to bounce back from the dismal
campaign from a year ago, they’ll have to do it without the help
of some key seniors like Brandon Miurphy, Josh Walton, Luke
McHardy and safety Chase Sanders. All have since graduated
and Powers will rely upon a new crop of upperclassmen in
order to turn the Warriors’ fortunes around. It all starts up
front and the Warriors return several linemen, including
6-foot- 3, 315-pound Jarrett Donham on the defensive line.
The quarterback position is wide open, with several guys
competing for the starting job. Junior Nicholas McDonald is
one of many that will see carries in the backfield.
JUPITER CHRISTIAN EAGLES (IND.)
2015 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Jim Davis
THE PLAYERS: Dorson St. Phard (Sr., TB/DB), Austin Tuttle
(Sr., LB), Caleb Siggins (Sr., WR/CB), Danny Caruso (Jr., QB).
THE WORD: Jim Davis had big shoes to fill when taking over for
former Jupiter Christian coach Bill Powers before last season.
Powers spent 10 seasons with the Eagles, compiling a couple
of Class 1B state championships along the way, but now with
Davis heading into his second full season as the lead man, the
hope is Jupiter Christian might see better days coming very soon.
The usual losses to graduation hit the Eagles hard, with Luke
Jamison, Jake Capo, Kurtis Thornton and Landon Irwin all leaving.
The Eagles, though, had major problems with player numbers
towards the end of the season and had only 13 play in the
season finale against All Saints’ out of Polk County.
KING’S ACADEMY LIONS (IND.)
2015 RECORD: 4-6
THE COACH: Keith Allen
THE PLAYERS: Justin Wake (Soph QB), Jared Kirkpatrick
(Sr., RB), Daniel Scroggins (Sr., DE/WR), Brody Fields (Sr.,
OL/DL), Chris Guida (Sr., (OL/LB)
THE WORD: The Lions played a lot of their underclassmen
in 2015 and that move should pay dividends for King’s
Academy coach Keith Allen, who employs more of a spread
system offensively. Justin Wake played the majority of the
snaps as a freshman and completed 57 of 114 attempts
for 563 yards and five touchdowns. Now as a sophomore,
Wake will be expected to improve upon those numbers and
then some. Running back Jared Kirkpatrick was another
key player offensively for the Lions, as he rushed for 415
yards and scored two touchdowns last fall. Daniel and
Jeremiah Scroggins are a couple other athletes that should
become key contributors for King’s Academy.
LAKE WORTH TROJANS (8A- 10)
2015 RECORD: 4-6
THE COACH: Micah Mays
THE PLAYERS: Max Marius (Sr., SS), Isaac Moss (Sr., SS),
Lionel Whittingham (Sr., OT/DT), Wadney Louis (Sr., LB),
Edward Alfred (Sr., WR), Jovares Jones (Sr., WR).
THE WORD: The Trojans off-season was filled with plenty
of drama, as head coach Jessie Hester was fired after an
alleged domestic assault on his wife back in January. Hester’s replacement, Micah Mays, takes over a program that
hasn’t reached the postseason since 2010 and the former
Palm Beach Lakes’ quarterback is very familiar with the
area. Mays, who played at Grambling State, takes over a
team with 13 seniors and must find a way for the Trojans to
get by the likes of Atlantic, Boca Raton and Park Vista. With
such a tall task on Mays’ table, he will have to do it behind
a slew of upperclassmen, including safeties Max Marius
and Isaac Moss. Offensively, the Trojans will need to rebuild
the offensive line and it will start with 6-foot- 3, 279-pound
senior tackle Lionel Whittingham anchoring the unit.
OLYMPIC HEIGHTS LIONS (7A- 13)
2015 RECORD: 1-9
THE COACH: Chris Kokell
THE PLAYERS: Anthony Petillo (Jr., QB), Joey Poloskey (Sr.,
WR), Andrew Strazds (Sr., OL), Anthony Dascher (Sr., LB),
Ruebens Jerome (Sr., WR).
THE WORD: A forgetful 1-9 season for the Lions was the first
OXBRIDGE ACADEMY THUNDERWOLVES (3A- 7)
full campaign for head coach Chris Kokell, who took over as
head coach last year. For a program that has gone through
tough times recently in the past, Kokell is staying upbeat and
making believers out of his players in hopes of turning around
the team’s fortunes sooner rather than later. Quarterback
Anthony Petillo is set to be the Lions’s starting signal caller
and looked good during spring practices. Poloskey has made
the switch from quarterback to wide receiver and has filled in
nicely. Senior Ruebens Jerome will join Poloskey in the wide
receiving corps, with 6-foot- 6, 256-pound Andrew Strazds
manning the offensive line up front. Linebacker Anthony
Dascher heads up a defense that should be much improved.
2015 RECORD: 9-3
THE COACH: Doug Socha
THE PLAYERS: Robert Holmes (Sr., DL), Traivon Leonard
(Sr., CB), Angel Navaroli (Sr., QB), Jonathan Garvin (Sr., DE),
Willie Hampton (Sr., LB), DJ Robinson (Sr., DB).
THE WORD: Thunder wolves narrowly lost to American Heritage, 16-11, in the Class 3A region finals and with some of the
returners and transfers they’ve absorbed, Oxbridge Academy
could make another deep run in the postseason again.
Some key losses from last season’s team will hurt, including
the graduation of players like running back Travis Homer,
defensive lineman Victor Alvarez and tight end AJ Garvin. A
couple losses via transfers were linebackers Raven Saunders
and Emmanuel Yisrael, who left for Dwyer. Thunder wolves
coach Doug Socha has a major college prospect on defense
in Jonathan Garvin, who comes over from Lake Worth. He is
joined defensively by defensive backs Traivon Leonard and
DJ Robinson, who has an offer from Miami-Ohio. 6-foot- 6,
330-pound offensive tackle Robert Holmes is attracting major
interest and has offers from Auburn and Miami.
PAHOKEE BLUE DEVILS (1A- 8)
2015 RECORD: 8-3
THE COACH: Orson Walkes
THE PLAYERS: Tyron Arnett (Sr., WR), Tyrone Smith (Sr.,
QB), B. J. Crawford (Sr., DT), Michael Police (Jr., OL), Ezekial
Hernandez (Jr., K), Zathavien Morgan (Jr., TE).
THE WORD: The Blue Devils were another Palm Beach area
school that went through a wild off-season, which included
then-head coach Alphonso Smith to be fired amid allegations
of inappropriate conduct. The school’s administration,
however, didn’t have to look too far for its next head coach,
as Pahokee graduate Orson Walkes was named Smith’s
successor back in March. Walkes takes over a team that went
to the Class 1A playoffs last fall and has the pieces to make
a run once again this season. Amongst some of the players
returning on offense are receivers Tyron Arnett and Zathavien
Morgan, who will lead a potentially explosive unit. Quarterback
Tyrone Smith returns to the saddle and will have junior
offensive lineman Michael Police protecting him at the line of
scrimmage. A loss to Dixie County in the playoffs last season
lingers, but watch out for the Blue Devils to make a run.
PALM BEACH CENTRAL BRONCOS (8A- 9)
2015 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Tino Ierulli
THE PLAYERS: Ben Panitz (Sr., LB), Mikey Garafolo
(Sr., OT), Michael Dean (Sr., FB/DE), Matt Smith (Jr., QB),
Anthony Ierulli (Jr., RB).
THE WORD: A young team with not a lot of experience playing
on the varsity level equaled a dismal 2015 season for the Palm
Beach Central and third-year coach Tino Ierulli. The one upside
about Ierulli’s team from last season is his younger players got to
see the field a lot and can use that valuable playing time towards
meaningful games this fall. The Broncos’ defense will be the
strong suit of the team, as Ierulli has several key returners on
that side with linebacker Ben Panitz and defensive ends Michael
Dean and Georgia transfer Nick Johnson guarding the edges.
On offense, junior Matt Smith will enter the season as Central’s
starting quarterback and offensive tackle Mikey Garafolo, who
has a few college offers, will protect him on the line.
PALM BEACH GARDENS GATORS (8A- 9)
2015 RECORD: 6-4
THE COACH: Rob Freeman
THE PLAYERS: Vandarius Cowan (Sr., DE/LB), Amari
Carter (Jr., S), Jerry Drake (Sr., OL), Jakairi Moses (Sr., RB),
Jarrett Jackson (Jr., TE).
THE WORD: The off-season included senior stud Vandarius
Cowan changing his commitment from Florida to Alabama and
will be the key cog for the Gators’ defense. Outside of Cowan,
there are a couple other players that have received major
college attention and the two athletes are safety Amari Carter
and offensive lineman Jerry Drake. Carter currently holds
offers from LSU, Auburn, Duke and Notre Dame and is one of
the top safeties in the area. Drake was a move in from Spain
Park, Alabama prior to last season and has offers from LSU,
Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State. Rob Freeman’s group
lost to Boca Raton 27-26 in the first round of the postseason
and should be able to qualify once again this fall.
PALM BEACH LAKES RAMS (7A- 13)
2015 RECORD: 3-7
THE COACH: Al Shipman
THE PLAYERS: D.J. Edwards (Sr., WR), Zion Edmonds (Sr., DB),
Guervan Hall (Jr., ATH), Arnesio Rosado (Jr., OL), Malik Goodman
(Sr., OL), Tanner Franklin (So., ATH), Jordan Canady (Sr., RB).
THE WORD: One of the problems that has hindered Palm
Beach Lakes in recent memory has been players transferring
to other schools. Noah Curtis is another key player to leave the
Rams and head off to greener pastures, as the defensive lineman is now at American Heritage. Al Shiman, who starred at
Palm Beach Lakes and played collegiately at Miami, can keep
the school’s top athletes on board, the Rams will improve immensely. Some building blocks for Palm Beach Lakes to look
at is wide receiver D. J. Edwards, who currently holds offers
from Penn State, West Virginia, Kentucky and Iowa State.
Offensive line should be a strength for the Rams, with Arnesio
Rosado and Malik Goodman holding up the front five.