Glades Central swept over Clewiston Friday night with a second half blowout to win the District 4A-7 championship and secure home field advantage to begin the post season playoffs. The final period was played under a running clock after the Raiders reeled off 21 unanswered third quarter points.
The Raiders, in typical fashion, had athletes making big plays and taking advantage of each and every Clewiston mistake. Glades Central improved to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the district while the Tigers dipped to 4-5 and 1-2 and no playoff hopes.
Glades Central opened the scoring quickly after holding the Tigers on their opening drive, getting a hand on the Tiger punt, which went only 14 yards. On their first snap, Raider quarterback James Blackman hooked up with a racing Quantino Allen for a 43 yard scoring pass. Kicker Marcos Manrique knocked through the point after, as he did on all of the Raiders’ touchdowns.
The Raiders’ defense shut down the following Clewiston drive and put together a 75-yard drive. Blackman’s 54 yard pass to Allen was the big gainer for the effort. The Tiger defense stiffened inside the 10 but the Raiders scored on 4th down when flanker Slurpry Rinvil caught a quick slant pass from Blackman.
The Tigers then got their only offensive spark of the night when senior Tyrin Summers pulled in the ensuing kickoff at the Clewiston 15 and raced straight up the sideline for an 85 yard touchdown. Kicker Colt Flynn added the extra point.
On the next Raiders’ possession, the Tigers held quickly on downs and then Markevious Terry blocked a Glades Central punt and recovered the ball on the Glades Central 20-yard line as the quarter ended.
Tiger quarterback Davis Witt tried to connect with wideout Reginald Henderson but Raiders defensive cornerback Devonte Burden picked it off in the end zone for a touchback.
Glades Central used only 5 plays to cover the 80 yards, a 45 yard pass from Blackman to Allen providing the big play of the drive. The score came on a 10 yard reception by Rinvil from Blackman and pushed the lead to 21-7.
After a swap of offensive possessions, Burden picked off another pass and returned the ball to the Tiger 15-yard line but with only three seconds showing on the clock. Glades Central elected to go for a 33 yard field goal. Tiger Anthony Walker broke through and blocked the attempt and Andre Taylor scooped up the ball and rambled for what appeared to be a 65 yard touchdown. However, an official flagged the Tigers for a blocking infraction at the 5 and that wiped the touchdown off the scoreboard and the teams went to the intermission.
The Tigers got lost in the shuffle in the second half. The Raiders ate over five minutes off the game clock with a 45-yard drive. Tailback Ja’kevious Vickers pounded out the final 4 yards.
The Tigers quickly fell victim to another interception, this time for a 40 yard pick-six with safety Le’a’jani Mussenden handling the chore. Taking the kickoff, the Tigers pieced together a drive but got stifled when safety Willie Jones grabbed a Witt pass and weaved his way to a 60 yard touchdown. Down 42-7, a running clock began with just seconds left in the third period.
The final quarter went quickly with Raider running back Demetrius Martin scoring on a 3 yard run, with Manrique’s extra point closing out the scoring for the night.
The Raider defense was swarming and spent the night stopping the Tigers either in their tracks or after short drives. They held the Tigers to 67 yards rushing and 31 yards passing, less than100 yards of total offense. The four interceptions, with two returned for scores, was the highlight of their effort.
The Tiger defense had some bright spots during the game, with the blocked punt and the blocked field goal giving some hope of getting back in the game. But neither of those events resulted in scores for Clewiston. And the athletic ability of Glades Central receivers to convert short passes into long gains was just too much to overcome.
Glades Central’s standout running back Ja’kevious Vickers led rushers with 81 hard-earned yards on 12 carries. Quarterback James Blackman’s passing was the offensive spark for the Raiders. He completed 11 of 18 for 206 yards, 190 of that coming in the first half and in big chunks.
Clewiston 7 0 0 0 – 7
Glades Central 14 7 21 7 – 49
1Q: Glades Central: Quantino Allen 43 yd pass from James Blackman, kick Marcos Manrique; Slurpry Rinvil 2 yd pass from James Blackman, kick Marcos Manrique; Clewiston: Tyrin Summers 85 yd kickoff return, kick Colt Flynn.
2Q: Glades Central: Slurpry Rinvil 10 yd pass from James Blackman, kick Marcos Manrique.
3Q: Glades Central: Ja’kevious Vickers 4 yd run, kick Marcos Manrique; Le’a’jani Mussenden 40 yd interception return, kick Marcos Manrique; Willie Jones 60 yd interception return, kick Marcos Manrique.
4Q: Glades Central: Demetrius Martin 3 yd run, kick Marcos Manrique.
Rushing: Glades Central: Ja’kevious Vickers 12/81 yds; Demetrius Martin 2/24 yds; Thuran Smith 1/5 yds; James Blackman 3/-18. Clewiston: Menta’ Jones 8/46 yds; Tyrin Summers 7/15 yds; Davis Witt 1/3 yds; Keshawn Davis 1/3 yds; Isaiah Jackson 1/0 yds.
Passing: Glades Central: James Blackman 18/11/0 206 yds. Clewiston: Davis Witt 14/5/4 31 yds.
Receiving: Glades Central: Quantino Allen 3/142 yds; Slurpry Rinvil 4/43 yds; Demetrius Martin 1/13 yds; Thuran Smith 1/6 yds; Rodney Porter Jr. 1/1 yds; Devonte Burden 1/1 yds. Clewiston: Reginald Henderson 2/20 yds; Devon Jackson 1/7; Tyrin Summers 4 yds.