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The Park Vista Community High School varsity football team has enjoyed success on the gridiron during the first two months of the season with several top performers on offense and defense as the Cobras are in contention for a playoff spot.
Park Vista has played at a high level against the competition in Palm Beach County with a 5-1 record. The Cobras have been led by a strong defense with three shutouts while also holding opponents to 16 points or less in six contests. The Cobras, under the direction of first-year head coach Leonard Weaver, opened the season with five consecutive victories and currently hold second place in District 8-8A.
In Class 8A, the four district winners will earn the top four seeds for the playoffs. The next four playoff spots will be earned by the non-district winners based on the rating percentage index system. The RPI takes into account winning percentage and opponents winning percentage.
The Cobras have been led on offense by senior quarterback Brock Hansel, senior running back Adam Philp, senior wide receiver Chris Pressoir, junior running back Jordan Clemons, junior wide receiver Josh Wagenmann and junior wide receiver Aidan Mahon.
The Cobras defense has several impact players, including senior free safety Julian Mountcastle, senior defensive lineman Kameron Basis, senior defensive lineman Jorge Torres, junior defensive lineman Gavin Peacock, junior linebacker Jeffrey Duble and junior linebacker Corey Ebert.
Park Vista cruised past Suncoast 41-6 in the season opener in a non-district contest. Clemons rushed for a 50-yard touchdown and led the offense in the victory.
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Park Vista held off Jupiter 17-9 in a non-district contest during the second week of the season. Hansel passed for two touchdowns, Pressoir had 118 yards receiving and a score and Wagenmann added a touchdown catch in the victory. Peacock had eight tackles, two tackles for a loss, a fumble recovery and blocked kick.
Park Vista had a strong performance for a 51-0 victory against Lake Worth in the District 8-8A opener during September. Hansel passed for three touchdowns, including a 22-yard scoring pass to Mahon and a 45-yard touchdown pass to Pressoir. Philp scored three touchdowns as well to lift the offense. Peacock registered 10 tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack, fumble recovery and blocked punt.
Park Vista crushed Royal Palm Beach 69-0 in a non-district contest during the fourth week of the season. Philp had a 21-yard touchdown run to open the scoring and Clemons rushed for a 48-yard score in the first half. Philp and Clemons both scored two touchdowns in the victory. Hansel tossed a 41-yard touchdown pass to Pressoir. Hansel also added a 1-yard touchdown run. Mountcastle had a big performance on defense with two interception returns for touchdowns. Peacock recorded seven tackles, three tackles for a loss and two sacks.
Park Vista rolled past Santaluces 56-0 on homecoming night in a district contest during October. Clemons rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter. Hansel fired two scoring passes to Wagenmann. Duble registered eight tackles, three tackles for a loss and two sacks.
Park Vista had a five-game win streak snapped as they fell to Forest Hill 16-10 in a district game. The Cobras led 10-8 at halftime, but were unable to score during the second half. Clemons led the Cobras offense with a rushing touchdown in the first half.
Park Vista will look to secure an at-large bid for the playoffs as they close the regular season against Seminole Ridge, Palm Beach Central, John I. Leonard and Palm Beach Gardens.