by Jon Ford
Muck is obtained after plants and other living organisms decay. It is a dark and moist substance, excellent as a fertilizer for plants around the house and for your garden soil. “Muck City,” stretching between Belle Glade and Pahokee FL, is famous for its rich farmslands and miles and miles of sugar cane.
These towns are not only rich with muck but with talented football players. The “Muck Bowl” has been going on for 25 years; it is full of tradition and pride. Football in this area is a way of life. On the night of the “Muck Bowl,” the towns of Belle Glade and Pahokee are spotlighted for their extraordinary football teams. Big names like ESPN and Sports Illustrated are at the two schools the entire week of the big game, following the high profile college bound athletes like paparazzi. An entire section of the stadium is blocked off just for college football recruiters.
The Great American Rivalry Series ended the season with one of the biggest rivalries in the country. But this game is about more than just a trophy, more than just a spot in the playoffs–to some, this game is a way out. After the U.S Marine Corps were allowed to be honorary captains for the coin toss, Sgt. Michel said, “It felt like the Super Bowl with the amount of hype and cameras at the coin toss.” The field of play was full of talent and speed. The cracking of helmets on helmets was thunderous throughout the stands, with spectacular plays ending with touchdowns and leaping high-fives for either team.
The halftime score was not what most expected, with Pahokee leading the highly talented Raiders of Glades Central 21-17. On paper, Glades Central was clearly the better team with the most experience, but records and experience did not play a factor in the halftime score.
The second half of the game, however, was a different story. Glades Central took the lead and never looked back. Most Valuable Player Greg Dent finished the game with six catches and a career high 185 yards. His one touchdown came after an earlier dropped touchdown pass. Fortunately for Greg he had a second opportunity to get into the end zone. The final score was 47-21.
Glades Central took home the 2009 Great American Rivalry Championship Trophy, presented to Coach Hester by Sgt. Michel. Coach Hester hoisted the trophy high in the air for all to see.
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- Glades Central vs. Pahokee – 2009