BELLE GLADE — The Glades Central flag football Lady Raiders defeated the Jensen Beach Lady Falcons 19-0 in the District 11-1A championship game on April 25 in Port St. Lucie. Jensen was ranked ninth in the state the week before the championship game by FloridaHSFootball.com, while Glades Central was rated 19th in the state.
The Lady Raiders had a record of 13-1 coming into the game, with their only loss coming during the regular season against Jensen Beach. But Glades Central coach Sam Curry wasn’t concerned about facing them again in the championship.
“Honestly, we beat ourselves in the first game against Jensen,” said Curry. “We were in the red zone six times that game and only converted one touchdown. They were only able to get into the red zone twice, but they were able to score both of those times.
“From what we saw on film, we knew we had a good chance of beating them. I wasn’t too concerned about facing them.”
Quarterback Wiskierra Lemene got things started for Glades Central with a 20-yard touchdown run on the Lady Raiders’ first possession. Lemene would rush for another touchdown and throw one against the Lady Falcon defense. Coach Curry refers to Lemene as the team’s “Miss Everything.”
The Glades Central defense also stepped up to the plate in the championship game, grabbing three interceptions on the night.
The district title is an outstanding achievement for a Lady Raiders squad that has consistently gotten better every year. Last season, the team finished 9-5.
“We had high expectations after last year,” Curry said. “This year we had a lot of weapons coming back. We’ve had a great JV team for the past three years so we also knew that we were bringing up some great athletes from our sophomore class.”
Curry highlighted Dakedra Pompey for her contributions to the team throughout the year. Pompey missed the championship game due to a scheduling conflict with the track team, which she also competes in. Pompey leads the team in receiving, averaging six catches and over 90 yards per game.
Curry also gave credit to Olmanika Milfort for Glades Central’s success. Milfort was the most experienced cornerback on the Lady Raiders and had five interceptions throughout the season.
Now, Glades Central will move on to the regional semifinals, where the Lady Raiders will face District 12 champions Suncoast High School.
“Suncoast has a great quarterback,” Curry explained. “She’s really mobile and she can throw deep. Great coach as well. I think we have more athletes than they do, but they’re a great team and they play to their strengths.” Glades Central will play Suncoast at 7 p.m. on May 3 at Glades Central High School.