Seminole Ridge, Glades Central each overcame slow starts to reach regional finals
Monday, November 26, 2012
by Matt Porter
Seminole Ridge lost its first two games this season. Meanwhile, Glades Central opened 0-4, the worst start in the program's 40-year history.
And yet they're the only two Palm Beach County teams still standing.
The Hawks (8-2) and Raiders (8-4) will host regional final games this Friday, each having won eight consecutive games.
In a Class 8A regional final, Seminole Ridge faces Weston-Cypress Bay (10-2). The Lightning's two losses are to 7A regional finalists Bradenton-Manatee, ranked No. 1 in the nation by several polls, and Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas.
This is Ridge's first second regional final appearance. In 2010, the Hawks lost to Orlando-Dr. Phillips, a win Dr. Phillips later vacated after the Florida High School Athletic Association found it used ineligible players.
Glades Central, playing in its fourth consecutive regional final, faces Miami-Jackson (7-4) in a 5A regional final. In the semifinals, the Generals beat defending 5A champion Miami-Norland, which ended Glades Central's season in last year's regional final.
The Generals have never won a state title; Glades Central has won six, tied for third-most in state history.
A Palm Beach County team has reached the football state finals every year since 1991. The county boasts a state title in each of the past 10 years.
On the Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce Central will host Bradenton-Manatee in a Class 7A regional final Friday.