Posted: 9:59 am Friday, August 21st, 2009
By Jason Lieser
For the second straight year, the annual game between Pahokee and Glades Central has been moved to a Saturday kickoff.
Glades Central will host the Muck Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., Athletic Director Henry Cook said. He said the change was made for logistical reasons, not fear of an incident.
“It wasn’t because of violence,” he said. “It is so difficult to prepare for that game when you’re at work all day. That takes a full day’s work.”
Pahokee hosted the 2008 game, which kicked off at 1 p.m. on a Saturday. Glades Central won 19-14.
“At 1 in the afternoon it was terrible because it was extremely hot,” Cook said. “I think it’s going to be a great atmosphere and it’ll be easier for people to get into the game now.”
Cook did not say whether the decision came from the school district or his school. Within reasonable guidelines, the host school sets the date, time and location for high school football games. Last year, the school district and the police agreed to hold the game on a Saturday.
Pahokee Athletic Director Tom Mejia said Glades Central did ask Pahokee how it felt about playing on a Saturday. Mejia said his school was not in favor of the decision, but respects it.
“They’re hosting, their rules,” Mejia said. “They want to be proactive. They want to avoid a potential incident.”
Last year’s Muck Bowl was one of three games moved to daytime starts because of safety concerns. Shortly after Pahokee senior Norman Griffith was shot last fall, the school district changed a Dwyer-Glades Central game originally scheduled for a Friday night in Belle Glade to a Saturday morning start at Palm Beach Central. Last November, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office moved the Fort Pierce Westwood vs. Fort Pierce Central game from a Friday night to a Saturday morning.