Strong Starts For Seminole Ridge, Palm Beach Central Football

Seminole Ridge quarterback Will Rimes in action. Photo by Richard Areyzaga Jr.

The high school fall football campaign is underway, and the early part of the season has brought victories to Seminole Ridge High School and Palm Beach Central High School.

The Seminole Ridge Hawks have started the season with a 2-0 record. The Hawks played their season opener at home on Friday, Aug. 27 against Santaluces High School, crushing the Chiefs 51-12. Seminole Ridge head coach Rick Casko’s squad improved its record to 2-0 with a 27-14 victory over Forest Hill High School on Thursday, Sept. 2. After two games, Seminole Ridge quarterback Will Rimes has rushed 14 times for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Rimes has completed seven of 10 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Teammate Sebastien Christian is Seminole Ridge’s leading rusher. He has 36 rushing attempts for 275 yards and three touchdowns, catching one pass for 30 yards. Seminole Ridge’s first local rivalry game is at home on Friday, Sept. 10 against visiting Royal Palm Beach High School. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.

The Palm Beach Central High School football team opened its season with a pair of victories. On Friday, Aug. 27, the Broncos traveled to play Forest Hill High School, prevailing over the Falcons, 51-12. On Friday, Sept. 3, Palm Beach Central head coach Scottie Littles’ squad played its home opener against William T. Dwyer High School, defeating the visiting Panthers, 44-14. The Broncos’ third game was played at Boca Raton High School on Thursday, Sept. 9, but results were not available at presstime. Looking ahead, the Broncos visit local rival Royal Palm Beach High School on Friday, Sept. 17 for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

The Royal Palm Beach High School Wildcats have had a tough beginning to the season. They opened the fall campaign on Friday, Aug. 27 at home against Martin County High School. The visiting Tigers jumped out to a 44-0 halftime lead and won by a final score of 51-0. The Wildcats were scheduled to host Suncoast High School on Friday, Sept. 3, but the game was a COVID-19 casualty. In weeks three and four, Royal Palm Beach has games against local rivals. On Friday, Sept. 10, the Wildcats travel to play Seminole Ridge. On Friday, Sept. 17, they host Palm Beach Central.

On Friday, Aug. 27, head coach Danny Mendoza’s career at Wellington High School got off to a rough start, as the visiting Pahokee Blue Devils scored on their third play of the game — a 68-yard touchdown run — against the Wolverines to take an 8-0 lead. Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils led 28-6. When the game appeared to be a lost cause for Wellington, the Blue Devils committed three turnovers, and the Wolverines rallied by scoring two touchdowns in the last six minutes of the game. Wellington had a chance to tie the game in the final minute of regulation, but the Pahokee defense stiffened and denied Wellington’s attempt to tie the score or potentially take the lead, eventually notching a 28-21 win for Pahokee. On Friday, Sept. 3, Wellington was scheduled to play at Boca Raton, but the game was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Instead, the Wolverines took a last-minute trip to Miami to play Southridge High School, coming away with a 27-6 victory. Wellington had a bye week on Friday, Sept. 10. The next two games for Wellington are at Palm Beach Gardens High School on Friday, Sept. 17 and at John I. Leonard High School on Friday, Sept. 24. The kickoff for both games will be at 6:30 p.m.