Posted: 11:39 am Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
By Matt Porter
A weakened Jupiter Christian thought it best to water down its schedule.
Instead, it decided to keep on swimming.
Though the depleted former state champions considered going independent, the Eagles plan to stay in District 7-2A, meaning they must play rivalry games with Glades Day and Village Academy.
Jupiter Christian sent documents to the FHSAA on Wednesday requesting independent status, but rescinded them following a meeting of school administrators Thursday morning. The FHSAA will likely have no issue keeping the status quo.
“We don’t just want to go independent and wallow around for a couple years,” Jupiter Christian President Jim Colman said.
Colman said schedule “tweaks” may come “to keep players safe,” but knows it must play all district games.
“I feel good about it,” said Eagles coach Bill Powers, who led the Eagles to state titles in 2008 and 2009 but has seen his program shrink in size in recent months. “It doesn’t change our situation this year, but it shows Dr. Colman is devoted to building a competitive football program. I think it’s a good choice.”
The Eagles will try to find a new kickoff classic opponent, since they ceded their date with Pahokee and the Blue Devils has since agreed to play Palm Beach Lakes.
What remains is those tough district games. Competing against Glades Day star Kelvin Taylor and a talented Village Academy squad won’t be easy with a roster that could be less than 20 players.
“We’re going to take our lumps,” Powers said. “It’s going to be difficult.”
Glades Day coach Pete Walker, whose team has had some memorable battles with Jupiter Christian in the past, said he was at first relieved he doesn’t have to find another opponent so late in the offseason, but added he was Jupiter Christian was “able to hold it together.”
Walker said he would game-plan for Jupiter Christian just as he has in the past.
“We’ll see how down they are when they play,” Walker said. “We just go in trying to win. We don’t go in trying to embarrass people. We just want to get [a win] in hand.”
Walker made it clear his players don’t try to hurt anyone. But don’t expect his team — or any other — to take it easy on the Eagles.
“They may mop the floor with us,” Colman said. “But we are committed to building the program.”