Football around the lake this week

• The Glades Central Raiders will have their first home game of the season on Aug. 31 against Oakleaf. The Raiders fell short in the season opener against University 35-6. University was up 28-0 before halftime, which forced Glades Central out of its game plan and had the Raiders playing catch-up the rest of the game.

• The Pahokee Blue Devils are playing their first home game of the regular season on Aug. 31 against Atlantic Community High School. Both teams are coming off victories in the first week of the regular season. It promises to be a competitive game between the two schools. Last year’s contest saw the two battle each other to a 0-0 stalemate that went down as the only tie either team had in 2017.

• The Glades Day Gators will also be traveling this week to Naples to face the Community School of Naples on Aug. 31. The Gators fell to Benjamin 30-8 in the season opener on Aug. 23. Last year’s match against Benjamin was a high-scoring affair that saw the Gators ultimately lose 47-34 despite a late rally by Glades Day.

• The Moore Haven Terriers are traveling to Lake Placid to battle the Dragons on Aug. 31. It’ll be the first regular-season action the Terriers have seen this year since their original opponent, Jupiter Christian, forfeited last week’s game. Moore Haven won last year’s match against Lake Placid 20-6, but they’ll be taking the field without one of the key players during their undefeated 2017 season, quarterback John Cox, who graduated in 2018.

• The Okeechobee Brahmans will be making the long trip to Lake Wales to face the Highlanders on Aug. 31. Okeechobee is coming off a 42-17 loss to offensive powerhouse John Carroll Catholic High School’s Golden Rams. They’ll be facing another strong and fast offensive team in the Highlanders. The Brahman defense will need to shut down the Highlanders’ run game to give the Okeechobee offense a chance to get rolling.

• The Clewiston Tigers hit that road to face the Monsignor Pace Spartans on Aug. 31. The Tigers lost key members of their offense and defense in 2018 and find themselves in something of a rebuilding phase as young players attempt to gain more experience. To make matters worse, Clewiston lost quarterback Chasman Ware a week before the regular season began to a shoulder injury. The Tigers lost their home opener to Fort Myers, 42-0.

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