Posted: 3:24 pm Monday, October 26th, 2009

Glades Central honored before Sunday’s Dolphins-Saints game 

By Post Staff

The Raiders hear it from the crowd on Sunday. (Allen Eyestone / The Post)

The Raiders hear it from the crowd on Sunday. (Allen Eyestone / The Post)

After winning the NFL’s national 7-on-7 football tournament in July, Glades Central was recognized during yesterday’s Dolphins-Saints game at Land Shark Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Here’s more on the game from the Dolphins’ website:

The Glades Central Raiders represented the Miami Dolphins and South Florida in exemplary fashion, claiming the title of 2009 NFL HSPD National Champions. Their impressive combination of size and speed proved to be a major advantage as they went undefeated in the national tournament.

“Winning this really meant a lot to these kids,” said Twan Russell, Director of the Miami Dolphins Youth and Community Programs who was on hand to witness Glades Central’s performance. “They worked very hard at our tournament and here at Nationals to get where they are now. They also did an excellent job of representing South Florida and the Dolphins. Hopefully they will take what they’ve learned both on the field and in the NFL’s High School Development Program, apply it in their lives and become successful student-athletes and members of their community.”

Though many of their games in pool play and later in the single-elimination round were close at halftime, Glades showed an uncanny ability to make big plays and shut the door on opposing teams in the second half. The team used its discipline and athleticism to get big second half scoring drives and played solid defense to secure victories.

“We felt very strongly that the team that came out of our tournament would do very well at the national level competing against this level of competition, because South Florida as we all know is a hotbed of high school football talent,” said Russell.

For video highlights of the tournament provided by the Dolphins, click here.