Posted: 12:35 pm Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Saturday rewind: Can we get a Dwyer-Glades Central matchup now, please? 

By Matt Porter

“Can you please tell Jessie Hester to look at his calendar,” came a text message from Dwyer coach Jack Daniels Saturday morning.

Daniels was responding to comments Hester made this week, in response to the question of what he thought would happen if Glades Central played Dwyer this year, with both teams putting their best squads on the field:

“I don’t see them beating us. Not with the team they have this year,” Hester said. “The things they do, we have the players to shut them down.”

When asked for a prediction, Hester said the Raiders would win 35-14, or 28-14.

To be clear, I asked Hester to entertain a hypothetical situation and he responded. He wasn’t boasting. He just confidently feels his team would handle Dwyer by two or three touchdowns.

Obviously, Daniels disagrees.

“Tell Jessie that it is now fall and summer 7 on 7’s are over. That would be the only time they would ever think about scoring 35 points on us.”

What’s your prediction?

“35 to nothing.”

Expect the teams to find a date to play next fall.

Daniels joked that in retrospect, he wishes he had played Glades Central this year instead of going to Columbus. I wish we could get these two teams on the field this year, because it would no doubt be one to remember.

The coaches made their Dwyer vs. Glades Central predictions, so what’s your call? Leave it in the comments or fire back on Twitter (@mattyports) and let us know who you think would win.

About last night

Last night’s deadline was a little crazy, so here’s some more on the game I attended, American Heritage at Glades Central. Plus, a few notes on other good ones around the area:

The top-ranked Raiders couldn’t get much going on offense in the early going, but neither could No. 5 American Heritage. In a late frenzy of action, Glades Central emerged with a 20-18 win. Hester said afterward he thought the Raiders “should have lost that game.” They might have if not for some miscues by American Heritage. Stallions coach Doug Socha took the blame for some of the penalties (17 flags, 125 yards), but there were pass interference and personal foul calls that boosted Raider drives.

It was kind of messy in the Muck, at least in the first half. In the third quarter, things got wild.

Down 3-0 with 6:54 to go in the first half, the Raiders take over at the American Heritage 37. The Stallions’ drive fizzled after a 15-yard personal foul and a false start. On 3rd-and-4, Jamarious Rowley hits Kelvin Benjamin for 23 yards, all the way down to the 8-yard line. Rowley has trouble rolling out and is sacked by Stallions DL Mike Wallace for a loss of 17, and a penalty on Glades Central brings it back to the 30. Rowley almost finds Jamie Wilson in the end zone, but then Wallace sacks him on consecutive plays for losses of 7 and 6 yards, and Heritage takes over at its own 43.

On 2nd-and-9, Stallions QB Marcus Davis’ pass is picked by John Brockman, and the Raiders take over near midfield. Rowley finds Benjamin for 18 yards. Penalties on American Heritage and Glades Central move the chains in both directions. Then a bad snap goes over Rowley’s head, and he falls on it for a loss of 20. That’s how the half ends.

Rowley recovers his own fumble on the opening drive of the third quarter, then throws a pick on 3rd-and-13. From his own 42, he looks for Davonte Allen over the middle, and throws over Allen and into the hands of Heritage’s Jhavon Williams. On the sideline, Rowley spends time talking with Hester, Benjamin and Allen.

“They told me to stay calm,” said Rowley after the game. “They know I can make any throw on the field.”

Kelvin Benjamin was hurt on this play, but returned when Glades Central needed him most. Click to see a huge photo gallery from the game. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Kelvin Benjamin was hurt on this play, but returned when Glades Central needed him most. Click to see a huge photo gallery from the game. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Rowley gets his chance. The Stallions drive stalls with a Crevon LeBlanc sack, and ends as Don’Kevious Johnson picks off a wobbly pass from Davis at the Raiders’ 30 and takes it 70 yards to the goal. The TD is called back because of a block in the back, and the referees place the ball at the American Heritage 38. A reverse handoff to Kelvin Benjamin picks up the first down. Benjamin is leg-whipped on the tackle. He spins and crashes hard to the turf, injuring his left thigh. He limps to the bench.

On 2nd-and-goal from the 15, Rowley rolls out to his right and sees a wall, then rolls left and fires a strike to Robert Burgess, putting the Raiders up 7-3.

But on the ensuing kickoff, American Heritage senior Nestor Lantigua raced straight up the visiting sideline, taking the kick 90 yards to the goal and putting the Stallions up, 10-7, with 2:11 left in the third quarter.

Sophomore Aaron Baker’s 23-yard carry brings Glades Central to the Stallions’ 43, but two false starts kill the drive. Dominique Gibson and Brockman tackled Heritage’s Greg Bryant and Davis for losses on two consecutive plays, and Delbert Clarke and Marcus Clentscale combine for a huge 4th-and-1 stuff at the Glades Central 37.

Down 10-7 with 8:24 left in the fourth, Rowley hits Jaqavein Oliver for a 59-yard pass, and two plays later, runs in a 2-yard TD to make it 13-10.

Benjamin was on the bench for that, but he called his own number when the Raiders needed him most, breaking tackles on a busted wheel to pick up a crucial first down late in the game. Read more about that here and see a really cool mashup video here. What’s a mashup? It’s a music video, with pictures and video from the game, that our multimedia staff produces for every Game of the Week. Check it out. Also, click here to see a huge (107 photos) gallery of images from last night’s game.

Glades Central got what it needed from Benjamin, Rowley (in the second half) and Gibson, who was a beast of a ballcarrier on the final two drives. Brockman, Wilson and Johnson were standouts on D, and they didn’t let American Heritage get anything going in the passing game (Davis: 2-5, 29 yards, TD, INT; Herve Coby: 0 catches).

The Stallions were able to gain some ground with Davis (14 carries, 56 yards) and Jeramy Gaskins (7 carries, 36 yards). If they hadn’t shot themselves in the foot so often, we might be talking about a real shakeup in the Top 10 rankings (which come out Monday).

Back to Dwyer for a moment: With or without Glades Central’s near-scare, Coach Daniels has every reason to feel good about his chances against the Raiders. The No. 2 Panthers dismantled Pahokee (and I can’t believe I’m typing this) 52-0 [see photos]. Dwyer is on a mission, and the 7th-ranked Blue Devils are young and inexperienced, but Jeff and I both expected this one to be a bit closer.

More games: Jupiter Christian again showed it has one of the best offenses in the area, outgunning Lake Worth, 49-28. A good QB battle there, between Jupiter Christian’s Keddy Bostic and Lake Worth’s Evan Moore, and Trey Pendergrass turned some heads. See photos here . . . Fort Pierce Westwood must have had the Porter Magic working for them: I predicted they would upset Vero Beach on the road, 22-20, and last night, they scored 15 fourth-quarter points to beat Vero, 21-20 . . . Clewiston put up some points against Glades Day, but it sure looks like Kelvin Taylor is back to full health. He had 288 yards on 30 carries in a 29-20 win . . . James Blackshell and Chris Fair combined to lift Fort Pierce Central over Port St. Lucie, 20-17 . . . Cardinal Newman keeps rolling on, stomping winless Forest Hill, 55-0. The Crusaders get Pahokee next . . . Pope John Paul II needed to stop a two-point conversion try to secure a 27-26 win over John Carroll . . . Atlantic overcame a bad first half for a 41-0 win against Boynton Beach.