No. 10 Glades Central 47, Pahokee 18: Raiders pull away to win Muck Bowl
Friday, November 09, 2012
by Matt Porter
Glades Central played as well as it could, and strutted off the field, daring Pahokee to respond.
The Blue Devils lined up in formation. They played. Moments later, the home crowd was on fire.
Yes, Pahokee's talented band, with 39 pieces, three drum majors, 20 dancers, six flag-wavers and boisterous, sharp-witted PA announcer Antwan Handy, certainly got the best of Glades Central in the 2012 Muck Bowl. However, the football team fell short.
The Blue Devils, with precious few linemen on the roster and several of their top players out with injuries, were no match for the playoff-bound Raiders. In a sloppy game that included an astronomical 329 yards in penalties, No. 10 Glades Central won 47-18 on Friday night, hoisting the Muck Bowl trophy for the fifth straight time.
Even though Pahokee was down 14-10 at the half, it wasn't a fair fight. Bigger, stronger and bound for the playoffs, Glades Central wanted to break away and start preparing for next Friday's playoff game against Rockledge.
The Raiders got three touchdowns from senior Will Likely, two receiving and one rushing. Likely finished with four catches for 92 yards and carried eight times for 37 yards on a night Glades Central hardly bothered with the run. Senior quarterback T.J. Abrams was 11-of-28 for 228 yards, throwing for four touchdowns with two interceptions.
Despite 105 yards in penalties in the first quarter alone, Pahokee went up 10-0. Abrams slipped in the end zone for a safety, and then freshman McArthur Bennett returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards for a touchdown. Senior Devaris Osborne hauled in a tipped pass for the two-point conversion.
Just more than a minute into the second quarter, Likely turned a screen pass from Abrams into a 46-yard touchdown.
After Pahokee sophomore Leon Anderson recovered an Abrams fumble, Glades Central got the ball back. Abrams hit Ronquavion Tarver (four catches, 76 yards, TD) for an 11-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-10 lead.
After battle of the bands thrilled the crowd, which numbered about 3,500 by halftime, they watched the Raiders step on the gas.
Likely punched in a 2-yard touchdown at 7:54 of the third, after a bad snap set up the Raiders at Pahokee's 9-yard line. Three minutes later, Likely took a screen pass 15 yards for a touchdown. Abrams found Yvesner Ferdinand for a 35-yard TD with 6:37 left. Senior defensive lineman Monnavius Jean picked off a Derry Brown pass at the 8 and returned it for a score.
The halftime battle of the bands was the most cohesive part of the evening. Pahokee racked up 171 penalty yards on 22 calls and gained just 47 total yards. Glades Central had 16 penalties for 158 yards.