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Week 5 recap: Cardinal Newman outlasts Atlantic in battle of unbeaten teams

Vero Beach handed rare home loss; Santaluces takes down Royal Palm Beach
Cardinal Newman Crusaders running back Jaylin Brown celebrates after scoring game-winning TD in OT against Atlantic Eagles, Sept. 22, 2023
Posted at 10:58 PM, Sep 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-23 00:10:17-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The official end of summer brought some highly anticipated matchups in high school football.

Perhaps the most talked about game was in West Palm Beach, where perennial power Cardinal Newman High School welcomed in the undefeated Eagles from Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach. This battle of unbeaten teams wound up being a defensive affair.

Cardinal Newman defensive star Ta'Narie Locust helped the Crusaders get on the scoreboard first. Locust returned an interception for a touchdown as Cardinal Newman led 7-0. This game would ultimately be decided in overtime. Running back Jaylin Brown would score from 10 yards out in overtime to give Cardinal Newman a 13-7 win.

Vero Beach was the setting for one of the rarest sightings in high school football: a home loss for the Fighting Indians. Sanford's Seminole High School made themselves at home in the Citrus Bowl. Seminole put on an offensive show, jumping out to a 15-point halftime lead. There was little letup in the second half as Seminole topped Vero Beach High School 45-20. The Fighting Indians dropped the first regular-season game at home since 2021.

Seminole High School defeats Vero Beach Fighting Indians, Sept. 22, 2023
Seminole High School travels to the Treasure Coast and knocks off the Vero Beach Fighting Indians, Sept. 22, 2023, in Vero Beach, Fla. It was Vero Beach's first regular-season home loss since 2021.

Heading over to Lantana, it was homecoming night for Santaluces Community High School. The Chiefs were coming off their first loss of 2023, losing last week in Louisiana. Santaluces made the most of its return home. The Chiefs were able to double-up Royal Palm Beach Community High School 42-21. Santaluces has a rivalry game next week, hosting Lake Worth High School.

-------------------------WEEK FIVE SCOREBOARD------------------

Atlantic 7, Cardinal Newman 13
Seminole 45, Vero Beach 20
Royal Palm Beach 21, Santaluces 42
Martin County 35, South Fork 6
Palm Beach Lakes 30, Centennial 12
Spanish River 35, Dr. Joaquin Garcia 0
Lake Worth 0, Forest Hill 19
Palm Beach Gardens 18, Pahokee 34
Boynton Beach 0, West Boca 42
Dwyer 24, Glades Central 21
Oxbridge 6, Glades Day 28
Treasure Coast 6, St. Thomas Aquinas 42
John I. Leonard 40, Suncoast 0
North Broward Prep 28, St. Andrew's 62
Gulliver 28, The King's Academy 36
Benjamin 24, Jensen Beach 0