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Week 5 Palm Beach County/Treasure Coast High School Football Scores

Oct 01, 2014 -- 3:37pm

WEEK 5 - See past results by Week: 1 | 2 3 | 4

LISTEN: Boynton Beach HC Rick Swain joins HysteriaFINAL
#1 Boynton Beach54


#2 American Heritage55
East Lee0


LISTEN: Royal Palm Beach HC Willie Bueno joins HysteriaFINAL
#3 Royal Palm Beach49
Lake Worth6


LISTEN: Vero Beach HC Lenny Jankowski joins HysteriaFINAL
George Jenkins3
#4 Vero Beach48


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Olympic Heights0
#5 Dwyer53


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Boca Raton0
#6 Palm Beach Gardens31


Boyd Anderson19
#7 Pahokee26


Don Bosco Prep (NJ)41
#8 Fort Pierce Central14


LISTEN: West Boca HC Junior Moran joins HysteriaFINAL
Forest Hill0
#9 West Boca43


#10 Atlantic30
Palm Beach Lakes7




Palm Beach Central28
Seminole Ridge14


Spanish River6


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Cardinal Newman24
John I. Leonard42


Glades Central41


Glades Day35
John Carroll0


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Key West12
Oxbridge Academy43


University School21
Jupiter Christian14


Coral Springs Charter44
The King's Academy0


Pope John Paul II13
Pine Crest41




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Jensen Beach34
Port St. Lucie10


Palm Bay46
Treasure Coast0

#FilmRoom1063: Taking a look at Oxbridge Academy ATH Tre Gabriel

Sep 30, 2014 -- 3:05pm
ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
Position: Athlete
School: Oxbridge Academy (Class of 2015)
Height: 5-8
Weight: 165
Note: Headed up petition to create football program at Oxbridge Academy; No. 58 on ESPN 106.3 Top 63 Seniors list
Where He Excels:
Tre Gabriel is EXPLOSIVE. Incredible lateral movement. Above average vision allows Gabriel to set up defenders and find running lanes. Great stop and start speed. Ability to stop on a dime and change direction makes Gabriel elusive and almost impossible to tackle in the open field. Despite his smaller stature Gabriel is a very tough runner that will run through any attempt at an arm tackle. Speed to score from anywhere on the field. Nose for the end zone. Good pass catcher. Effective on the deep ball and dynamic in the screen game.
What To Work On:
Relies on the spin move too much. This usually will catch up to a ball carrier as it leaves them very vulnerable to a big hit. Would like to see Gabriel  catch the ball off his body more. That can be worked on in pre and post-practice by running simple routes and catching the ball with only hands. Would like to see Gabriel show a great selection of complicated routes. While he has his niche as a returner, Gabriel needs to find a true role as either the fearless slot receiver who will go over the middle or by bulking up and learning to run between the tackles to become a third down back.
Kokell Film Analysis:
Inspired by watching Suncoast alum Devin Hester score his 20th touchdown return to become the NFL’s all-time return touchdown scorer, I went looking for the most electrifying returner in Palm Beach County. No matter how many tapes I scoured through, Tre Gabriel of Oxbridge Academy kept standing out. Talk about fun to watch. Gabriel can change the game at any given moment. What he brings to the return game adds a dimension to the Thunderwolves that all championship teams need. His dynamic plays can lift a team and swing momentum in a moment’s notice. To be successful at the next level Gabriel needs to excel in as many roles as possible on special teams and develop into an offensive weapon. After a year with college lifting program and training table, Tre Gabriel can become a dynamic player for an FCS program.
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Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail ckokell@espnwestpalm.com.

ESPN 106.3/WPTV High School Football Top 10 powered by Royal Palm Auto Mall - Week 6

Sep 30, 2014 -- 11:35am

Here's the Week 6 edition of the ESPN 106.3/WPTV High School Football Top 10 powered by Royal Palm Auto Mall, as voted on by Wells Dusenbury (@DuseReport1063), Ken LaVicka (@KLV1063), and Chris Kokell (@REALCOACHK).

11Boynton Beach (3)5-0
22American Heritage3-1
33Royal Palm Beach4-0
44Vero Beach4-0
66Palm Beach Gardens3-1
79West Boca4-1
108Fort Pierce Central2-2



()-denotes first place vote

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Wells Dusenbury's Poll (wdusenbury@espnwestpalm.com)
1) Boynton Beach
2) American Heritage
3) Royal Palm Beach
4) Dwyer
5) Vero Beach
6) Palm Beach Gardens
7) Atlantic
8) West Boca
9) Ft. Pierce Central
10) Pahokee
Breakdown: Another week, another absurd performance by the Boynton Beach offense. On Friday, the Tigers topped the 47-point mark for the 4th time this season as they blew past Stranahan 54-27. Boynton Beach's offense is a well-oiled machine that shows no signs of slowing down.
American Heritage is really starting to find its groove as well. The Stallions are coming off a 55-0 beatdown of East Lee County. The big test for AH comes on Thursday as they welcome in Pahokee. Last year, the Blue Devils nipped them in the regular season and helped force them out of the playoffs.
Royal Palm Beach might be the most well-balanced team in the area. The defense is tenacious and the offense can put up points on the ground and through the air. On Thursday they face their biggest test of the year as they take on district rival Dwyer.
Dwyer and Vero Beach come in at number four and five, respectively, after coming away with blowout wins this week.
After a long bye week, Palm Beach Gardens responded from its tough loss to Dwyer with a 31-0 blowout victory over Boca Raton. While the Gators struggled in the Dwyer game, expect them to keep improving throughout the season.
The Atlantic redemption tour raged on in full force Friday night. The Eagles, who went 3-7 last year, knocked off Palm Beach Lakes 30-10 to improve to 4-1 on the season. With the win, ATL avenged last year's 53-35 loss to the Rams. Quarterback Edwin Hernandez looked especially sharp as he tossed two long touchdown passes in the win.
West Boca responded from last week's loss to Royal Palm Beach with an impressive 43-0 win over Forest Hill.
Even though the score ended up being lopsided, Ft. Pierce Central put up a good fight against the nation's top ranked team in Don Bosco Prep. Even though no one gave them a shot to win, the Cobras were down just 17-7 at halftime before eventually falling 41-14. There's no time for FPC to feel bad about itself though as they face district rival Vero Beach on Friday.
Pahokee comes in at number 10 following a 26-19 overtime win over Boyd Anderson. The Blue Devils have a chance to move up if they can knock off American Heritage on Thursday.

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Ken LaVicka's Poll (klavicka@espnwestpalm.com)
1) Boynton Beach
2) American Heritage
3) Royal Palm Beach
4) Vero Beach
5) Dwyer
6) Palm Beach Gardens
7) West Boca
8) Pahokee
9) Atlantic
10) Ft. Pierce Central
Breakdown: A district game was just what the doctor ordered by Boynton Beach. The Tigers had looked a bit disinterested in their last two wins but woke up as I thought they would against Stranahan. The game was never in doubt with Boynton hitting the half-century mark for the third time this year. Unless something crazy happens, Boynton should cruise to a district championship that escaped them last year.
I'm perfectly fine calling American Heritage the No. 1-B team in the area. The Stallions are overpowering. Their 55-0 pounding of East Lee County was complete domination. Next up? The equivalent of a district title game against Pahokee.
Another week, another overwhelming outing for Royal Palm Beach. The Wildcats will be on the verge of a distict championship with a win over Dwyer. Get through the Panthers and the only remaining hurdle is Atlantic.
Vero Beach has just sauntered through the first half of the season. It's a talented team. No sweat. Now? It's message-sending time. Vero hasn't been able to figure out Fort Pierce Central for the last few years. This Fighting Indian team can grab a signature win on Friday and make believers out of the few remaining doubters by knocking off their bitter rivals.
This Dwyer team has been getting better and better since some stumbling to open the season. How far have they come? We find out for sure on Thursday. You can't call the Panthers the favorites against Royal Palm Beach, but no one would be surprised if Dwyer won and took a strangle-hold on the district. A Dwyer win would make me completely re-think my top five.
The bye week was a good thing for Palm Beach Gardens, who had no problem with stubborn Boca Raton. I wanted to see offensive improvement...and I got it. Keep that consistency on offense with that suffocating defense, and Gardens is fully capable of a deep run in 8A.
Nice bounceback for West Boca by pasting Forest Hill Friday. The Bulls are still very, very, very much in the playoff race.
Pahokee spikes in the rankings if the Blue Devils can stun American Heritage for a second straight year. Pahokee showed guts outlasting Boyd Anderson on Friday but will need much more than that to take out the Stallions.
Atlantic is an absolute machine. The Eagles are just running by everyone in the county. It's becoming increasingly clear that last year's struggles at Atlantic were an aberration. There is a lot of talent there.
A loss but still a good outing for Fort Pierce Central. I won't drop the Cobras from my top ten because of a loss to the No. 1 team in the nation. That said, it's time for Fort Pierce Central to get back to winning ways against rival Vero Beach. I won't be able to keep the Cobras in my rankings with three straight losses.
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Chris Kokell's Poll (ckokell@espnwestpalm.com)
1) Boynton Beach
2) American Heritage
3) Royal Palm Beach
4) Vero Beach
5) Dwyer
6) Palm Beach Gardens
7) West Boca
8) Wellington
9) Atlantic
10) Pahokee
BreakdownBoynton Beach stays king of the hill after a big win over a tough district foe in Stranahan. Despite the Mighty Dragons giving the Tigers their best effort, Lamar Jackson and company still doubled them up 54-27.

Teams 2-6 stay the same this week after they all came away with lopsided victories over teams, many of which were completely over-matched. Combined they outscored their opponents by a score of 236-9. Schedules get tough this week as we have match-ups like Royal Palm Beach @ Dwyer, Seminole Ridge @ Palm Beach Gardens and the big Treasure Coast rivalry game of Fort Pierce Central @ Vero Beach.

West Boca continues to impress week in and week out as they climb the top ten charts. This week the Bulls sent a message by putting a 43-0 beating on an improved Forest Hill team.
Late season district matchups against Dwyer and Atlantic will determine if Coach Moran can get West Boca into the playoffs in year two of his tenure.

Wellington moves up two spots to number eight. Trailing only Boynton Beach as Palm Beach County’s second-most exciting offense, the Wolverines are throwing the ball all around the yard. At the midway point in the season, QB Shannon Patrick has thrown for over 1,000 yards 16 touchdowns and only two interceptions. The Irish Cannon’s primary target has been 2016 Canes commit Ahmmon Richards who has 21 receptions for 443 yards and 4 touchdowns. 

Atlantic comes in at number nine after an impressive 30-7 district win over Palm Beach Lakes. Junior running back Dontavius Monroe led the Eagles with over one hundred yards rushing. Head coach TJ Jackson has his team poised to make a run at the playoffs in the area’s toughest district. After what should be an easy win against Olympic Heights this week, Atlantic's season will be decided with a daunting three-game stretch against Royal Palm, West Boca and Dwyer.
A team from the muck is back in my top ten where they belong. Pahokee pulled out an exciting 26-19 overtime win over Boyd Anderson. Getting into the top ten was a great accomplishment for the Blue Devils, but staying there will another story as they take on American Heritage this week. A loss may put head coach Blaze Thompson’s team back on the outside looking in but in a glass half full world, a win would sky rocket Pahokee up the chart.

UTSA paid a visit to Dwyer over the weekend

Sep 29, 2014 -- 11:27am
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Twitter: @KLV1063
UTSA is still a very young program with a roster featuring 100 kids from the state of Texas, but it appears the Roadrunners are trying to make in-roads in South Florida.
Prior to a loss to Florida Atlantic on Saturday night, UTSA coaches spent Friday night watching high school talent, most notably at Dwyer, where Roadrunner talent evaluators were checking out 2015 WR Tavares Martin, DB Jarius Adams and DE Alex Davis.
UTSA head coach Larry Coker is no stranger to the area as he coached the University of Miami to the national championship in 2001. There are currently five players on the Roadrunner roster from Florida, but all of them are from the central or west coast of the state.
Martin recently committed to West Virginia and appears to be strong to the Mountaineers.
Adams, a Rutgers commit, could still be on the table for several schools, but, to this point, has shown no indication of wavering from the Scarlet Knights.
Davis is a first-year football player who left the hardwood for the gridiron this past spring. UTSA is interested but Davis already has offers from several of the school's Conference USA rivals including FAU, FIU and Middle Tennessee State. South Florida has offered Davis as well.
Coker joined ESPN West Palm on Thursday and and explained why he chose to build UTSA's roster primarily with Texas talent.
"I think there’s a lot of players in Florida that are not as developed," Coker told Evan Cohen. "I think in Texas, some of these guys, these younger players, are maybe more developed because the facilities are so good here.
"In South Florida sometimes the coaching is good but the facilities aren’t very good and with the weight training, if you get a guy from South Florida, maybe 6’5” and 205 and runs a 4.4, and two years later he’s 6’5”, runs a 4.4 and weighs about 250. You have develop guys a little more in Miami."
Tags: Dwyer, UTSA

Duse Report: Midseason high school football awards

Sep 29, 2014 -- 2:54am
By: Wells Dusenbury
ESPN 106.3 Reporter
Twitter: @DuseReport1063

We've hit the midway point of the high school football season, so there's no better time to reflect on the first half of the year. Since everyone loves awards, let's hand out some (hypothetical) hardware for some of the area's top performers. Here are are my picks for Coach of the Year, Breakout Player and MVP.

Coach of the Year: TJ Jackson (Atlantic)

For the most part, Coach of the Year awards have pretty much turned into a "What team has exceeded expectations" type award. While I would like to buck that trend, it's impossible to ignore what's happening at Atlantic.

Simply put, Atlantic wasn't good last year. The Eagles went 3-7 and were flat out embarrassed in some games. Last year was also the first season at the helm for Jackson, who took over for Chris Bean. Jackson, who took plenty of heat for last year, has since been open in saying the team's struggles were on him and that it forced him to change how he approached the job.

It's been paying off as Atlantic looks like a completely different team this season. After dropping the season opener to Cypress Bay, the Eagles have won four straight and have been downright dominant doing so. In wins versus Boca Raton, Spanish River, Forest Hill and Palm Beach Lakes, Atlantic won by a combined margin of 141-14.

The team's ultimate success will hinge on how it performs against district foes Dwyer, Royal Palm Beach and West Boca, but for now, it's hard not to take in what they've accomplished.

Breakout Player: MJ McGriff (Vero Beach)

Last year, MJ McGriff was forced to watch his team from the sidelines as he recovered from a torn ACL. Now? He's putting up video game numbers for the Vero Beach offense. Through four games, the junior receiver has 14(!) total touchdowns. 12 receiving, 1 rushing and 1 kick return. That's flat out insane. There's no other way to put it. It's like he's unlocked some sort of real life cheat code.

His performance is all the more impressive considering the Fighting Indians graduated all of their starting skill position players from last year and desperately needed a playmaker to step up. McGriff has answered that call and is a huge reason why Vero Beach is off to a  4-0 start.

MVP: Lamar Jackson (Boynton Beach)

With most of its key starters back from last year's 9-1 squad, Boynton Beach had high expectations entering the season. Even with the powerhouse 6A programs in Dade County, there was plenty of talk about the program competing for a State Championship. So when the Tigers finally hit the field, there was a lot to live up to. So far, they've exceeded the hype.

Boynton Beach is off to a 5-0 start and has been nearly unstoppable offensively, with the team scoring at least 47 points in four of those games. Much of that success is due to the man under center, senior quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The Louisville commit, who became a social media sensation in May with a dazzling touchdown run in the spring game, has been electric in leading the Tigers' Veer-Pistol offense. With his scintillating running ability and his array of juke moves, Jackson can score from anywhere on the field. But if you're a defensive coordinator, you can't overload the box as he's also proven he can torch defenses with his arm as well.

Jackson has been a human highlight reel so far and has emerged as one of the state's most explosive players. If Boynton Beach is to make a big playoff run this season, it'll have to be on the back on No. 7.

Derek Jeter launched American Heritage product Antoan Richardson into Yankees immortality

Sep 26, 2014 -- 4:02pm
(Source: NY Yankees)
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Twitter: @KLV1063
Antoan Richardson is forever "the guy who scored the winning run for the Captain".
Little known before Thursday night, Richardson is now linked to Yankees legend Derek Jeter for the rest of eternity.
It was Richardson who entered the game as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning and slid safely across home plate on Jeter's walk-off single to right field in the Yankees 6-5 win over the Orioles. The final, iconic image of Jeter wildly celebrating on the infield in his final ever game at Yankee Stadium wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for Richardson's hustle.
But just who is Richardson?
Well it turns out he's a local boy done good.
Richardson, a native of the Bahamas raised in South Florida, attended American Heritage School in Delray and was a four-year varsity player under longtime head baseball coach Carm Mazza, a massive Yankees fan who still talks to his pupil on a regular basis.
"He's is and was outstanding. Great student," says Mazza, who has led American Heritage since 1998. "He's really smart and an excellent leader. He worked hard and the kids responded. Just the kind of kid you want to coach."
An accomplished student, Richardson was the school's salutatorian in 2001, the same year he was picked in the Major League Baseball amateur draft for the first time by the Baltimore Orioles. Richardson, who also played football through his junior season in high school and had a scholarship offer from Brown, insead opted to go to college. After a brief stint at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, he starred at Vanderbilt for two seasons where he was a teammate of future Cy Young winner David Price. 
In 2005, Richardson finally made the leap to the big leagues. Selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 35th round of the 2005 draft, his third time being drafted, the outfielder began a long and circuitous minor league journey that reached a high point when he was pulled up to the Atlanta Braves big league roster in September of 2011. His first major league hit perhaps gave an indication of how Richardson might further subtly factor into history. He unassumingly rapped a single off of Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who was putting the finishing touches on his first Cy Young season and is now on the verge of collecting the award for a third time in 2014.
While chasing his baseball dream, Richardson, along with former high school teammates, started MAXD Sports Academy for young athletes in his native Nassau, trying to make sure kids could achieve their goals. The satisfaction of realizing his ultimate prize didn't last long for Richardson, though. After his brief time with the Braves, he didn't sniff the majors again until this September when he was an early month call-up by the Yankees. It had taken three full years to return to the bigs.
Now, 11 games into his stint with the Bronx Bombers, Richardson is forever synonymous with arguably the greatest player in the history of baseball's greatest franchise.
Mazza, a lifetime Yankees fan who wears the No. 8 in honor of legendary Yank Yogi Berra, couldn't believe what he seeing on Thursday night while he watched the wild turn of events take place in the Bronx from his couch with his wife, a fellow Yankees die-hard.
"My wife actually kind of fell asleep and I saw the scenario coming," recalls Mazza. "[The Yankees] blew the inning then get a leadoff base hit and Antoan was on. I told my wife: 'You gotta get up! He's on first, they're going to sacrifice him to second and Jeter's gonna be up for a chance to drive him in and Antoan is going to score the winning run!'
"I'm getting blown up by my former coaches and players and getting phone calls saying 'Do you believe this? This is going to happen!'"
And indeed it did happen. Base hit. Richardson slid home safely. The script was complete and Richardson was a key member of the cast.
Longtime Richardson friend and ex-American Heritage teammate Phil Primato can't help but marvel at his pal's pro exploits.
"Not many guys keep plugging away like he has. Ten years in the minors just grinding away for a chance to be a MLB player. I got see him play in person when he got the call-up with Braves in 2011 and it took him three years to get another chance. And now, to be a part of history scoring on Jeter’s game-winner, its amazing."
Mazza found it difficult to reign in his emotions as he watched Jeter provide yet another memorable moment and his former player enter Yankees lore.
"Being a Yankee fan and having Jeter retire and having Antoan involved, I'm not going to lie, tears were in my eyes, that's for sure," says a proud Mazza. "It feels tremendous. I'm so excited for Antoan just for being a part of this and being a part of the history."
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