WELLINGTON — Both the Glades Central Raiders and Pahokee Blue Devils secured wins last week ahead of this week’s anticipated Muck Bowl.
Pahokee rebounded from their close loss to Dwyer the week prior and beat the Wellington Wolverines 22-16.
Glades Central continued their dominating start to the season, with another blowout victory. The Raiders beat the Royal Palm Beach Wildcats 46-6.
Last week, the Raiders shut out Palm Beach Central 41-0.
This week the two teams face each other in the annual Muck Bowl, though things will be a little different this year. Instead of being played in either Pahokee or Belle Glade, the Muck Bowl will take place in Wellington for the first time ever. All Palm Beach County football games are being played in Wellington this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
While the venue is new, the legendary rivalry remains the same.
Last season, a documentary crew followed both teams in the lead-up to the 2019 Muck Bowl. The resulting eight-part docu-series titled “4th and Forever: Muck City” premiered over the summer on Curiositystream.
The documentary followed first year Pahokee coach D.J. Boldin as he attempted to turn around a struggling Blue Devils program and longtime Glades Central coach Jessie Hester as tried to guide the Raiders back to another state championship.
After a rough start and overcoming internal drama, Boldin and his Blue Devils went on a run late in the season. Pahokee would go on to win the Muck Bowl in dramatic fashion and advance to the state semifinal, where they lost to the eventual state champions Madison County by one point.
Jessie Hester was let go from the Raiders football program at the end of the season. Hester had guided the Raiders to respectable 4-4 record through the first half of their season, but an issue with one player’s GPA dipping below 2.0 led to the FHSAA forcing Glades Central to forfeit all games in which that player had played.
New Glades Central coach Rashad Jackson wants the same crew to come back to the muck this year to document the Raiders’ current rise in 2020.
“I wish they were following us this year, of course,” said Jackson. “It was a nice show, covered the things it needed to cover. I think if they had more time and more information on the area they would’ve got some the best of the muck. I think when you are doing a documentary you should find the three non-football stories of the town and make that one third of the series. That was the missing piece to me. But overall I liked it and enjoyed it.”
The Raiders will look to continue their rise by taking back the Muck Bowl trophy this week after losing it last year.
The Blue Devils and Raiders will kick off at 7 p.m. Nov. 14.