Glades Central flag football team ready for new season

BELLE GLADE – Glades Central flag football has high hopes for a state playoff berth this year.

Coach Sam Curry began his eighth season as head coach and has 12 players returning to the roster.

Last year the Lady Raiders finished 10-3.

“I think this team has what it takes to be district champs and to make a deep run into the playoffs and the state championship game,” he added.

Top players for the Raiders include junior Wiskerria Lemene, junior Dakendra Pompey, and senior Keria Frederick.

Jensen Beach and Fort Pierce Westwood figure to provide the biggest tests for the Raiders in the district this year.

They also plan to play eight time state champion Seminole Ridge on April 25.

‘I would love to see our leadership grow this year and our offense move faster. Last year we put up a lot of yards but we left a lot of points on the field,” he added.

The motto for the team is determination, dedication and drive. “If you have all three, there is no limit into what this team can be.”

Curry also asked the Belle Glade community to show more support for the team. He said they get some home fans but would like more support for road games.

“We have a great product on the field but no community support,” Curry added.

Curry said he strives to get the very best he can out of his girls. Assistant Coaches for the Raiders include Deandre Holley and Ranetta Burden.

The team also could use assistance from businesses in Belle Glade so they can travel to the Capital City Classic in Tallahassee to be held on March 31-April 1.

Anyone interested in a sponsorship can call Coach Curry at 561-215-2494 or 561-993-4470.

Curry also wanted to mention Breanna Myrick, the senior quarterback and safety who was injured last year. She finished with the school record in career interceptions despite playing only 2 1/2 seasons. “It will be hard to replace her production. Speed and more speed is our team strength. Our weakness is our attitude. The girls will need to let the last play go and refocus on the game.”

Curry said last year a few mental mistakes cost his team and he wants to eliminate them. “We have a great proud, and I’d like to see more fans in the stands. Everywhere we go we get compliments on how talented our players are. I’d love for the community to see what other fans get to see each year.”

The Lady Raiders opened the season with a 19-6 win at Wellington on March 14.

The schedule for the Capital City Classic was also set with the Raiders set to play #1 ranked Tampa Robinson on March 31 at 8:30 p.m. The Raiders will also play two games on Saturday, April 1.

Glades Central is the first South Florida school to play in the tournament.

The home schedule includes games with Lake Placid on April 4, Port St. Lucie on April 11, Palm Beach Central on April 12, Pahokee on April 20, and Royal Palm Beach on April 27. JV games begin at 6 p.m. and varsity games at about 7 p.m. after the conclusion of the JV games.

The away schedule this year includes dates with Westwood on April 6, Jensen Beach on April 18, Seminole Ridge on April 25, and the district tournament on May 2.

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