Posted: 6:21 pm Saturday, October 26th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
Just one day after officials canceled Glades Central’s home game against Miami Northwestern due to “unrest in the community,” they were still trying to reschedule the contest.
On Saturday, a Palm Beach County School District official said it looked “highly unlikely” that the game would be played. If it can’t be rescheduled, Glades Central will likely receive a forfeit loss.
The game was originally scheduled to be played on Friday. The decision to cancel the game stems from a shooting near Glades Central that forced the school to go on lockdown during an activity Thursday night, a source told the Post.
The Palm Beach County School District official said that there has been discussions about moving Glades Central’s final two home games of the season from Friday night to Saturday afternoon. The Raiders are scheduled to host Coconut Creek-North Broward Prep on Nov. 1 and Pahokee on Nov. 8 in the Muck Bowl.
The Muck Bowl has been rescheduled before. In 2008, the school district and the police decided it was in the interest of public safety to move the annual Muck Bowl from its usual Friday night slot to a Saturday afternoon game at Pahokee. It was believed to be the first daytime kickoff in Muck Bowl history.
The change was made three weeks after Pahokee senior Norman Griffith was fatally shot in Belle Glade hours after a Blue Devils game. In a separate incident that week, Glades Central cornerback Byron Blake was shot in the hand.
The following year, the two teams also played on a Saturday afternoon in Belle Glade.
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.