Westwood, Port St. Lucie meet in District 15-5A opener – TC Palm

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Sports reporters Jon Santucci and Dennis Jacob talk last week’s win and play games with Port St. Lucie senior defensive back Deontae Cooper and head coach Chris Dent.
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With the Florida High School Athletic Association’s new football playoff format, winning the district title is the only way to guarantee a postseason berth.

So for Fort Pierce Westwood (0-1) and Port St. Lucie (1-0), Thursday’s District 15-5A opener at Lawnwood Stadium carries a lot of weight.

MORE:Fort Pierce Westwood season preview

MORE:Port St. Lucie season preview

“The first district game is real important,” Jaguars coach Chris Dent said. “Obviously it’s Westwood and I think whoever controls this game has a head-up at being the champion. It’s important. It’s not like if you lose that game your chances at winning the district are over, but they’re better if you win the first one.”

For Port St. Lucie, the formula is simple, run the ball and stop Westwood’s potent run game. The Jaguars rushed for more than 235 yards in the season opening win at Lake Placid.

That was the good news. The bad news is that the Jaguars failed to score on three of their six trips inside the red zone.

“We just didn’t convert,” Dent said. “We’ve worked on that a lot this week. We’ve really worked on cleaning up the penalties because we have to play almost a perfect game to beat Westwood.”

The Panthers struggled on special teams in a loss to St. Lucie West Centennial. Westwood fell behind 33-0 before scoring three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

We can’t keep starting off slow,” Westwood quarterback Coy Gray (@grayera5) said on Twitter. “We have to humble ourselves again and we cannot underestimate our opponents.”

Westwood coach Aaron Sheppard said his team has to get back to playing its game.

“We have to play fast and physical,” Sheppard said. “We have to get back to who are. We were slow last week. It didn’t look like the same team. We’ll be back this week.”

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Video: Jensen Beach coach Tim Caffey talks about the team’s 42-15 win over South Fork | 2:29

Jensen Beach plays St. Lucie West Centennial in Week 2.
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Video: Jensen Beach DB Jamien Sherwood talks about Week 1 game against South Fork | 1:52

Jensen Beach defeated South Fork, 42-15, in Week 1.
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Video: South Fork coach Mike Lavelle talks about loss to Jensen Beach | 2:04

South Fork plays Fort Pierce Central in Week 2.
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Video: Centennial coach Jamar Chaney talks about win over Westwood | 0:51

Centennial plays Jensen Beach in Week 2.
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Video: Martin County coach Bill Cubit talks about win over John Carroll | 0:28

Martin County plays Palm Bay in Week 2.
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Sebastian River plays Orange City-University in Week 2.
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Video: Alan Glanville talks about Vero Beach winning against Oscar Smith | 0:51

Vero Beach High School’s football team traveled to Chesapeake, Virginia, to play against Oscar Smith High School.
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  • Video: Jensen Beach coach Tim Caffey talks about the team's 42-15 win over South Fork
  • Video: Jensen Beach DB Jamien Sherwood talks about Week 1 game against South Fork
  • Video: South Fork coach Mike Lavelle talks about loss to Jensen Beach
  • Video: Centennial coach Jamar Chaney talks about win over Westwood
  • Video: Martin County coach Bill Cubit talks about win over John Carroll
  • Sebastian River coach Chuck Kenyon talks about loss to Palm Bay
  • Video: Alan Glanville talks about Vero Beach winning against Oscar Smith

Thursday’s capsules

PORT ST. LUCIE (1-0) AT FORT PIERCE WESTWOOD (0-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Thursday, Calvin Triplett Field at Lawnwood Stadium, Fort Pierce

District 15-5A: First game for both teams

Rankings: None

Last game: Port St. Lucie defeated Lake Placid 25-8; Fort Pierce Westwood lost to St. Lucie West Centennial 40-18

Series: Fort Pierce Westwood leads 15-8

Last meeting: 2016 (Fort Pierce Westwood won 36-0)

Notable: Port St. Lucie is coming off its first season-opening win since 2010 while Westwood lost its seventh consecutive regular-season opener … The teams are meeting for the fifth consecutive season. Westwood has won the past two meetings … Donald Rutledge had a 43-yard punt return against Lake Placid while Montavious Yearby, Emmanuel Noel and Anquan Hicks had touchdown runs for the Jaguars … Westwood

ST. EDWARD’S (0-0) AT CANTERBURY SCHOOL (0-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Thursday, Canterbury School, Fort Myers

Sunshine State Athletic Conference: Both teams are 0-0 in the FCS Division

Rankings: None

Last game: St. Edward’s game with International Community was canceled and replaced by a game against Lake Mary Prep on Oct. 20; Canterbury’s game against Out-of-Door Academy was postponed because of weather.

Series: Tied at 1

Last meeting: 1978 (St. Edward’s won 13-12)

Notable: St. Edward’s went 0-1-1 at the Orangewood Christian jamboree two weeks ago … The Pirates are beginning their 45th regular season … St. Edward’s advanced to the SSAC championship game last season before losing to St. Stephen’s Episcopal 21-14 … Canterbury, led by senior quarterback Danny Cunningham, finished 6-3 last season.

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/story/sports/high-school/football/2017/08/30/fort-pierce-westwood-port-st-lucie-meet-district-15-5-a-opener/614919001/

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