BELLE GLADE – Glades Day had a disappointing loss at Coral Springs Friday, Sept. 23, 13-12. Coach Eric Pitts said the Gators had played so well the week before as they had travelled all the way to Miami and did what they were supposed to do from start to finish in a 42-0 win over Miami Country Day.
He said the team was focused in that game and played well on both sides of the ball. It apparently didn’t continue on Friday.
The Gators offense failed to score in the game. The Glades Day points came on an 89 yard kick return by AJ Johnson, and a defensive touchdown scored on a fumble recovery by Anthony McPhee.
The Gators were held to 161 yards in offense while Coral Shores had 286 total yards.
Coral Shores scored on a 48 yard pass from Juan Pablo Aborrezco to Christian Frisone and erased a late Gator lead, when Aborrezco hit Frisone again with a 33 yard touchdown. Sean Walters’ point after touchdown was the difference in the ball game. Glades Day struggled as they converted only three of nine third down chances and one of three fourth down opportunities. Coral Shores meanwhile was 50 percent on third down, (7-14). Markens Pierre provided the lion’s share of the Gator offense with 112 yards rushing. The Gators only had 31 yards passing in the game.
This week the Gators host unbeaten King’s Academy (5-0). The Lions have outscored opponents 185-12. They defeated St. Andrews 29-6, Benjamin 37-6, Marathon 49-0, Coral Shores 35-0 and Miami Country Day 35-0.
They currently stand on top of the standings in the Southeastern North Conference. Key players for the Lions include sophomore quarterback Justin Wake, who has thrown for 643 yards, and five touchdowns, with a quarterback rating of 111, and a trio of running backs, senior Will Bayonne 258 yards and six scores, sophomore Justin Wake, 270 yards and five touchdowns, and Jared Kirkpatrick, 279 yards rushing and six touchdowns. The team has 965 yards rushing this year and 20 touchdowns.
Sophomore Jeremiah Scroggins has been a threat on special teams with 183 yards in punt returns this year.
Junior Ryan Kingman is the best receiver of the bunch with 15 receptions for 249 yards and a touchdown. On defense the Lions rely on Christian Guida who has 18 tackles and Cory Croteau with 14 tackles.
King’s Academy would certainly be in the driver’s seat for the conference title with a victory Friday in Belle Glade.
The game kicks off at 7 pm Friday, Sept. 30. There is a charge for admission and parking.