No. 10 Glades Central 40, Boynton Beach 6: Raiders clinch District 14-5A title
Friday, November 02, 2012
by Steve Dorsey
Glades Central is back on top and a sense of normalcy has returned to Belle Glade.
The 10th-ranked Raiders rolled to a 40-6 victory Friday night against Boynton Beach to clinch the District 14-5A title, spoiling Boynton Beach's playoff bid.
It's the fifth consecutive win for Glades Central (5-4) after the Raiders started the season with an unprecedented four consecutive losses.
"It was a tough September," said Glades Central coach Roosevelt Blackmon, whose team rebounded to win all four of its district games. "We kind of put ourselves in a hole and had to crawl our way out. We all signed a commitment to finish 6-0."
That goal will be reached if the Raiders defeat rival Pahokee in the annual Muck Bowl next weekend in the regular-season finale.
Boynton Beach (4-4) had no success trying to corral Glades Central's speed, particularly seniors Will Likely and David Bailey, each of whom scored three touchdowns.
Glades Central's defense held Boynton Beach senior quarterback Jake Lutzen in check. Lutzen, who entered the game with a county-leading 22 touchdown passes, did not throw any against the Raiders and finished with only 108 passing yards.
Lutzen, who has received interest from Florida Atlantic, accounted for Boynton's only score, however, with a 10-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. That was the last time the Tigers saw the end zone, though.
Bailey, who caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Giovanni Lugo on Glades Central's first possession of the game, snagged an 8-yard scoring pass from Lugo on the Raiders' second possession to give Glades Central a 13-6 lead late in the first quarter.
Likely made it 20-6 when he returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first quarter.
Likely struck again midway through the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run. The highly recruited all-purpose senior rushed for 86 yards on only four carries, including a 50-yard run that set up his third touchdown, a 2-yard run just before the end of the third quarter.
"Is Will Likely ever going to graduate?" Boynton Beach coach Rick Swain said while praising Glades Central's effort. "Anybody who thought they were done (after the 0-4 start) didn't understand they were just putting it together. We had a real hard time covering them. We probably had about 200 yards in drops, but that's a good football team. I think they'll represent our district very well in the playoffs."
Bailey's third touchdown reception, a 20-yard pass from T. J. Abrams in the fourth quarter, punctuated his performance and the victory.