Raiders begin new season

0806SUN Raiders Football (11)Monday morning, 8:30 a.m. sharp, the Glades Central Raiders took to their home field to begin preseason practice, just two weeks before school starts on Aug. 17 and 18 days before their first game against Lake Worth on Aug. 21.

The young team looked cool in the summer heat as they finished slightly early on Tuesday at around 10:30 a.m. By Wednesday, the team would be suited up in full gear to brave the Florida sun and work towards the victory they hope to taste this season.

The team is comprised of mostly juniors, said Raiders head coach Rick Casko, but he is confident that his team will rise to the occasion this season.

“We lost a lot of seniors, but the kids have worked hard. We’re improving day by day,” said Coach Casko.

The head coach also emphasized the players’ roles as students; academics, he said, come first, because the students’ hard work and effort in the classroom will improve their performance on the team.

Coach Casko explained, “They’re becoming leaders, and that’s going to help us between the lines.”

Even before the regular season began, two of the team’s seniors were recognized as outstanding players by ESPN West Palm: Devonte Burden and Ja’Kevious Vickers.
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Football Schedule

• Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Opponent – Lake Worth (Lake Worth, FL)Location – Glades Central High School

• Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.
Opponent – at Royal Palm Beach (Royal Palm Beach, FL)
Location – Royal Palm Beach High School

• Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Opponent – at Royal Palm Beach (Royal Palm Beach, FL)
Location – Royal Palm Beach High School

• Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Opponent – Palm Beach Lakes (West Palm Beach, FL)
Location – Glades Central High School

• Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.
Opponent – at American Heritage (Delray Beach, FL)
Location – American Heritage High School

• Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.
Opponent – at Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL)
Location – Atlantic High School

• Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.
Opponent – Palm Beach Central (Wellington, FL)
Location – Glades Central High School

• Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. (District Game)
Opponent – at Somerset Academy (Pembroke Pines, FL)
Location – Somerset Academy

• Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. (District Game)
Opponent – at Somerset Academy (Pembroke Pines, FL)
Location – Somerset Academy

• Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. (District Game)
Opponent – University (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Location – Glades Central High School

• Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.
Opponent – at Seminole Ridge (Loxahatchee, FL)
Location – Seminole Ridge High School

• Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. (District Game)
Opponent – Clewiston (Clewiston, FL)
Location – Glades Central High School

• Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. (Rivalry Game)
Opponent – Pahokee (Pahokee, FL)
Location – Glades Central High School

Staff writer Melissa Beltz can be reached at 863-983-9148 or mbeltz@newszap.com.

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