Posted: 7:22 am Friday, November 27th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Tony Kibler, a senior offensive lineman for Glades Day, is one of the area’s most entertaining and colorful talkers. Heading into tonight’s Class 1B playoff showdown against Jupiter Christian, Kibler said he simultaneously hates and respects the Eagles.
His most interesting comment this week was when he said Jupiter Christian, “plays like a bunch of Chihuahuas.” It seemed like a compliment similar to Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen calling the Minnesota Twins the “piranhas,” but it also could have been a jab at what he perceived to be dirty play in the teams’ Week 4 game.
“They play like a pack of dogs; they do their job,” Kibler said. “They do everything as perfect as possible. It doesn’t matter your size. It just matters how much heart you’ve got and how willing you are to do it. I’ve got respect for them because they listen to their coach down to their last breath.
“Not very many guys will just sit there and take themselves out of the play by having to knife me every single play. They’re so selfless that they’ll do it, so I respect them for that.”
To clarify, Kibler (6-5, 320, No. 18 on The Big Board) accused Jupiter Christian defenders of diving at his knees, or “knifing,” him throughout the Eagles’ 28-21 win over Glades Day in late September.
“Basically, that’s telling me they’re not man enough to stay low,” he said. “That isn’t football.”
Kibler also faced Jupiter Christian last year while playing for Okeechobee. He transferred to Glades Day around last Christmas.
Jupiter Christian coach Bill Powers, a former collegiate offensive lineman, praised Kibler’s dominant play and called him the best offensive lineman the Eagles have faced all season.
Powers said his team tried to stay low on Kibler and “keep him in his position” in Week 4, but did not believe his players were guilty of dirty play.
“We were trying to stay low and trip him up in the hole,” Powers said. “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it and an offensive lineman can do it every play also.
“We won’t do that again because all he did was lay on our guys. That was a waste of time.”
In Friday’s game, Jupiter Christian is likely to send seniors Ray Desamour (6-0, 230) and David Engling (5-9, 175) as nose guards against Kibler.
Both Glades Day and Jupiter Christian are 9-2 this season and the winner of this week’s game will be the favorite to win the Class 1B state championship.
Jupiter Christian has won the past two 1B titles. Glades Day’s last championship was the 1A crown in 2006.