Top-ranked American Heritage drops Glades Central to 0-3
Thursday, September 13, 2012
by Matt Porter
American Heritage's first win over Glades Central in the program's 14-year history did not come easy.
The Stallions, the No. 1 team in the Post's Top 10 rankings and in the top 30 nationally, went scoreless deep into the fourth quarter at Glades Central, the recently fallen longtime powerhouse.
And while Heritage (3-0), coming off a win at former Class 6A state No. 1 Seffner-Armwood, beat the Raiders 14-0, it came after a questionable fumble that was picked up and returned for a touchdown.
With 6:43 left in the game, Glades Central junior Ronquavion Tarver caught pass over the middle and was tackled at the 43-yard line.
Or so he and everyone wearing maroon and gold thought.
"I was on my knee and everything," Tarver said. "The ball came out. I grabbed it again. Then he grabbed it."
He was American Heritage (3-0) senior Ka'Wan Peete, who picked it up and raced 43 yards for the game's first touchdown, stunning the Raiders (0-3) sideline.
"The ball was out," American Heritage assistant coach Brad Tremper said.
"It was a bad call. Bad call," Glades Central assistant coach Sam King said.
American Heritage senior Greg Bryant, whom the Raiders tackled well in the first half, added an eight-yard touchdown run with 1:52 left.
Glades Central senior Antwan Washington, making his first start at quarterback after transferring from Seminole Ridge, was 8-of-16 for 96 yards at halftime, showing a strong arm and confidence in the pocket. He threw three interceptions on deep tosses. He finished 12-of-27 for 129 yards.
He also lost two fumbles -- Glades Central lost four in total -- including one with 2:06 remaining as the Raiders were driving for the tying score.
"We've got to clean up the turnovers," Glades Central coach Roosevelt Blackmon said.
American Heritage senior safety Darrion Richardson had two interceptions. Sophomore cornerback Trenard Davis had one.
Heritage quarterback Marcus Davis missed all but one of his 11 pass attempts, but ripped off runs of 25 and 43 yards on his way to 145 yards on 15 carries. Bryant had 10 for 57 in the first half, but finished with 151 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.
Heritage was hurt most by its penalty problems. The Stallions had 10 flags for 90 yards in the first half, stunting five of their seven first-half drives. They finished with 14 for 130 yards.
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Glades Central's Will Likely carries for a first down in the second quarter. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)