BELLE GLADE – Glades Central (6-4) seeks revenge in the regional semifinal of the Class 4A playoffs Thursday night, Nov. 10, when they visit Booker T. Washington in Miami.
Booker T. Washington defeated Glades Central 35-21 last year and 35-7 in 2014 to end the Raiders season. The Miami team has won four consecutive state titles. They are coached by Tim Harris who celebrated his 100th coaching win this year and has won well over 90 percent of his games. They were (15-0) last year and won the state title with a 20 point victory over Jacksonville Raines. During the past four years the Tornadoes won 43 consecutive games, a Miami Dade high school record.
The Raiders come off a disappointing loss at Pahokee in the Muck Bowl Friday, Nov. 4, 27-14. Demetrius Martin and Quantino Allen scored touchdowns for the Raiders. Martin had several strong runs of over 10 yards against the Blue Devils perhaps opening up success in the passing game for quarterback James Blackman.
The Tornadoes (7-3) haven’t played since Oct. 27 when they defeated Miami Edison, 34-18, to capture the District 4A-8 title.
The Tornadoes have defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 27-23, Monsignor Pace 28-6, Southridge 20-6, Keys Gate 28-6, Hialeah Miami Lakes 58-10, Columbus 23-7 and Edison this year. They have lost to Jackson 12-9, Miami Central 20-6, and Miami Northwestern 28-21. Key players for the Tornadoes include quarterback Daniel Richardson, running backs Marcus Barthell, and Craig Nelson, wide receivers, Ty Thornton, Sharod Johnson and Deandre Williams and defenders, Robert Hicks who has committed to Auburn, Antquan Kinsey, Jaquan Beaver, Richard Dames who has committed to Florida International and Dedrick Mackey.
The offensive line boasts 6-6, 325-pound Florida commit Kadeem Telfort and 6-2, and 285-pound Temple commit Willa Pierre.
Raider fans can watch the game online at the NFHS network. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The charge for admission is $9.