Posted: 2:29 pm Thursday, November 18th, 2010
By Jeff Greer
There are 18 playoff games across every class involving teams from our area. Let’s break down defending 1B champion Glades Day’s opening-round contest at Florida City-Barrington Christian. The game will be played TONIGHT (Thursday) at Harris Field in Homestead.
Glades Day didn’t exactly have the follow-up year it wanted after winning the Class 1B title last year. The Gators returned star running back Kelvin Taylor and several other stars, but injuries took their toll in a 6-4 season. Now Glades Day turns to the postseason, and first on the list is Florida City-Barrington Christian.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. tonight at Harris Field in Homestead. Admission is $7.
BY THE NUMBERS
How they qualified: Runner-up to Jupiter Christian in District 7-1B.
Average points per game: 28.8
Average points allowed per game: 19.4
Offensive yardage totals: 2,991 (1,950 rushing, 1,041 passing)
Offensive stars: RB Kelvin Taylor (1,269 rushing yards, 19 touchdowns), WR Mike Terrell (373 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns)
Defensive stars: DB Eaton Spence
Common opponents with Barrington Christian: None.
How they qualified: District 8-1B winner
Average points per game: 15.5
Average points allowed per game: 10.6
Offensive yardage totals: 1,485 (1,140 rushing, 345 passing)
Offensive stars: RB Jamal Sessions (856 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns)
Area opponents: None.
This will be a weird week for Glades Day. The Gators are playing way down in Homestead, south of Miami, on a Thursday night. But hey, it’s the playoffs, and the Gators are more than happy to play anywhere.
Glades Day (6-4) is an interesting case. The defending Class 1B champions have struggled at times this year, but the chance at a rematch with Jupiter Christian, the team that won District 7-1B and beat Glades Day 38-14 back on Sept. 3, has the Gators excited. First, they need to get past Barrington Christian, a team that runs the ball effectively and plays very solid defense.
Barrington Christian runs a lot of I-formation looks, tossing in some four-receiver sets. But given the Eagles’ passing numbers (345 yards, 57 attempts in eight games), Glades Day knows that even with the extra athletes on the field, the ball will probably stay in the ground.
On defense, Barrington Christian sets up in a 4-3, with a walk-up 4-6 on occasion. Coach Pete Walker said Barrington Christian has “athletes at every position,” so his team will need to use its size advantage in the trenches to create space for running back Kelvin Taylor.
The Gators will play without starting quarterback Tanner Redish, who broke his collarbone against King’s Academy on Oct. 29 and is out for the season. They’ll also be missing DB/WR J.T. Thornton, who is recovering from a broken leg. Thornton will get X-rays on Friday and hasn’t ruled out returning this season.
Perhaps the biggest concern for Glades Day is looking ahead to Jupiter Christian. Provided both schools win, the rematch will be at Roger Dean Stadium. Talk about Friday Night Lights, right? But first, Barrington Christian. Coming off a bye week, Walker isn’t overly concerned with overconfidence.
“We’ve lost enough games this year that we know how important this game is,” Walker said.