The boys of Wesley College won through to the playoffs of the Belize District High Schools Football Competition, as the second-ranked seed with 11 pts from three wins and two draws, when the boys of Sadie Vernon Technical High School forfeited their scheduled game at the M.C.C. Grounds on Monday evening, January 28.
The Wesley boys had improved their goal differential in a 12-2 romp over Nazarene High School boys last Tuesday. Keeron Young had a blast, scoring five goals. Dennis Avelar added two more while Godwin Neal, team captain Khambrel Blease, Brian “Brybo” White, Elston Flowers and Anthony Middleton scored one goal each.
The Wesley boys had posted their second draw: 1-1 with the boys of Anglican Cathedral College last Thursday. Devaun “Beckham” Zuniga scored for A.C.C. but Keeron Young equalized for Wesley.
The fourth-ranked Anglican Cathedral College boys enjoyed their second victory 3-1 over the third-ranked St John’s College boys in a back match Saturday morning that had been rained out the previous Friday evening.
Tarique James scored first for St John’s but Calvin “Bodies” Reneau soon equalized for A.C.C. and Devaun Zuniga scored a second winning goal before intermission.
Tarique James set table for Raheem “Hendy” Flowers to equalize for St John’s, but he missed. Flowers recovered his own rebound and got off another shot, only to be denied again.
Sergio Luna iced the A.C.C. victory with a third goal. ACC is virtually assured of a tie with S.J.C., each with 10 pts, by a win in its remaining match against the winless Nazarene High High but S.J.C. has the better goal differential.
The St. John’s boys had enjoyed their third victory: 2-1 over the boys of Ladyville Technical High School on Tuesday.
Ladyville boys have nine points. They got their third win by default when Sadie Vernon Technical forfeited. Ladyville’s only hope of entering the playoffs is a victory in its remaining match against the undefeated boys of Excelsior High School. The 12pts would catapult them into second place, eliminating the A.C.C.
Excelsior High boys are already into the playoffs as the top seed with 15 pts, and are not about to spoil their unblemished record. They enjoyed their fifth victory 3-0 over winless Nazarene High last Monday, when Kareem “Ton-ton” Flowers scored the first goal, Jamal Ford added a second and Tyrone Gabriel scored a third.
Excelsior boys take on the fourth ranked seed A.C.C. when the playoffs kick off on Friday, while Wesley College boys will face third ranked seed, St John’s on Saturday morning.
The home and away series continues next Monday and Tuesday, before the finals on Thursday and Friday, February 7 – 8. The champions move on to the nationals hosted by the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) in Orange Walk on February 15-16.