Glades Central 24, Dwyer 10: Raiders score 17 fourth-quarter points to win on national TV
Monday, September 05, 2011
by Jeff Greer
Glades Central's players heard it all.
Dwyer's nationally ranked.
Dwyer's playing on national television for the second year in a row.
Dwyer exported nine Division I signees in 2010.
But when Dwyer came to Belle Glade, and ESPN brought its cameras and glitz and glam, the same old Glades Central showed up and beat Dwyer 24-10 at Effie C. Grear Field in the first-ever national broadcast of a Palm Beach County football game. The Raiders haven't lost here since 2007.
"We let them have all the hype they can have it," said Glades Central quarterback Greg Davis, one of Central's heroes of the game. "We just came to play. That's how it's always been."
It was the sixth time the two teams met and the sixth time Glades Central won, this game an ugly affair that took three quarters to produce fireworks.
But it lived up to its billing as a clash of two programs that have risen to the top of Florida high school football. Glades Central's famous speed met Dwyer's well-known power.
On Monday, speed won .
"We have nothing against Dwyer, that's a good team," said Glades Central linebacker Don'Kevious Johnson, "but we always get the short end of the stick. Not today."
The game started with a bang. With the stands packed for the opening kickoff, Glades Central's William Likely took off on a 99-yard return for a touchdown.
From that point until the end of the third quarter, the two juggernauts traded jabs but never landed any significant blows.
Dwyer had two scoring drives a first-quarter series that ended with a 38-yard Bobby Puyol field goal and a second-quarter drive capped by a 27-yard touchdown catch by Clint Stephens.
Glades Central never staggered.
At halftime, Dwyer had 78 total yards of offense, Glades Central had minus-4. Both defenses were simply too strong.
Just like they'd planned, Glades Central hung around long enough to wear out Dwyer.
And then the Raiders landed their first haymaker, a 45-yard strike from Davis to Likely down the right sideline that set up Glades Central's first offensive score of the game.
Tanner Redish, who struggled in his debut as Glades Central's main quarterback, found receiver Jaime Wilson for the go-ahead score, a 5-yard pass play.
Rejuvenated, Glades Central forced a three-and-out and got favorable field position off the punt.
That's when the Raiders landed haymaker No. 2, an identical 45-yard bomb down the right sideline, from Davis to Likely, this time for a back-breaking touchdown.
Dwyer was down for the count.
"We knew we could get them tired," Likely said. "I was ready to make a big play and I came through."
Davis, a backup to Redish, said he'd talked to his coaches at halftime about giving him the chance to throw a few deep passes.
"I said, 'Put me in the game and I'll put the team on my back,'" said Davis, whose two long passes were his only completions of the day. "It was fantastic."
There's an on-going commentary in the Glades that football fans on the east side of the county forget that the Raiders have won six state championships and produced more than 30 NFL players.
But with the nation watching, Glades Central put on a show and knocked out Dwyer.
Just like they'd planned all along.
"They came to our field, so we had to beat them," Glades Central linebacker Jatavis Brown said. "We never lose here."