Posted: 3:34 pm Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Jupiter Christian, Glades Central to play this fall 

By Jason Lieser

Jupiter Christian coach Bill Powers always laments his inability to schedule quality opponents. The Eagles have won two straight state championships, but big schools are hesitant to play them because they are in 1B, the state’s smallest classification.

Powers finally found someone willing to take his dare, and it will be one of the most anticipated games on the area’s 2009 schedule.

Jupiter Christian and longtime powerhouse Glades Central have agreed to play this fall in Belle Glade, with a possible rematch in 2010. Both sides have indicated they would like a two-year arrangement

“I’m just hoping we can give them a game,” Powers said.

He also said he preferred the game be played at Glades Central, in part because Jupiter Christian has no true home stadium.

The Eagles have won 27 straight games dating back to 2007, but their dominance has been questioned locally because of their schedule. It’s hard to imagine that will be the case this season. Jupiter Christian remains in a relatively weak district — Glades Day is the Eagles’ top challenger — but Powers secured games with American Heritage, South Fork and Charlotte (N.C.) Christian. All three of those teams won playoff games in 2008.

“It’s probably more than we can chew,” Powers said. “I couldn’t get any schools to say yes. I’m not going to badmouth anybody, but think of every school in this area and I’ve probably asked them.”

The Eagles will travel to North Carolina to face Charlotte Christian, which won a state championship last season, before heading home for the Glades Central game. Raiders coach Jessie Hester said he saw no downside in taking on Jupiter Christian and is looking forward to the challenge.

Jupiter Christian will play Fort Pierce Westwood, which finished No. 7 in the Post rankings last year, in the spring game in May. The Eagles’ kickoff classic will match them against North Florida Christian, winner of the Class 1A state championship last year.

DIstrict athletics supervisor Yetta Green still needs to approve the schedule, but deals like this usually are kept intact.