Four football teams make the playoffs

After the final games of the regular season ended on Nov. 2, four teams in the Lake Okeechobee area qualified to continue their season into the playoffs.

Glades Day, Pahokee, Moore Haven and Glades Central will all be in the post-season mix as they attempt to make a run for the 2018 state championship. Only two area teams found themselves sitting out the playoffs this year, Okeechobee and Clewiston.

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins Glades Central senior quarterback Davius Richard throws a pass in the 2018 Muck Bowl. Glades Central beat Pahokee 22-12 in the Nov. 2 game. Glades Day, Pahokee and Glades Central will all advance to post-season play.

• The Glades Day Gators finished their regular season with a 35-6 win over St. John Paul II Academy on Nov. 2, bringing them to 6-4 for the year, a one-win increase from their 5-5 finish in 2017. They’ll face the 4-6 First Baptist Academy Lions on Nov. 9 in the regional quarterfinal. First Baptist lost to Glades Day rival Moore Haven 36-14 back on Oct. 26, while the Gators were much more competitive against the Terriers. That should bode well for the Gators, especially since they’ll be playing at home. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Glades Day High School.

•The Pahokee Blue Devils will have a bye week for the first round of the playoffs. They’ll face either Frostproof or Wildwood on Nov. 16 at Pahokee High School. The Blue Devils came up short in the annual Muck Bowl 22-12 against Glades Central on Nov. 3, dropping them to 5-6 for 2018.

• Despite having a better record than Pahokee and the fact that they beat them in the Muck Bowl, the 6-3 Glades Central Raiders won’t have a bye week and will instead be playing the 7-1 Coral Springs Charter Panthers on Nov. 9. This is due to the fact that the FHSAA awards points to teams based on factors such as strength of schedule, and the Blue Devils had tougher opponents this year. With that being said, the Raiders won’t be in too sour of a mood as their win in the Muck Bowl snaps a two-win streak that Pahokee had started in 2016. As always, the Muck Bowl attracted attention from all around South Florida. The Miami Dolphins brought their pre-game show “The Audible” to Pahokee on Nov. 3 to highlight the game.

• The Moore Haven Terriers finished their regular season with a wild 54-48 win over the LaBelle Cowboys on Nov. 2. bringing them to 8-1 for 2018. Head coach Max Manin called the game ‘insane’ and gave all the credit for the win to his players. All year the Terriers have been one of the more resilient teams in the Lake Okeechobee area. While many teams fold in the face of adversity, Moore Haven has always seemed able to rise to the occasion. That resilience has earned them a first-round bye in the playoffs. They’ll face either Miami Christian or Champagnat Catholic on Nov. 16 in Moore Haven.

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