Zo’Marion Harper knows you cannot overcome struggle without support. Support is the key to success both on and off the football field.

Harper credits his former teammate and quarterback at Glades Central for helping him to develop his skills and game on the field. “I had one of the top [quarterbacks] in front of me. So, he taught me everything I needed to know,“ explained Harper.

Now, Harper is playing football for Clewiston High School.

When he’s not on the field, Harper spends his time at the Student ACES Center is where Harper spends his time focusing on his education for the future. ACES, which stands for Athletics, Community and Education, helps local student-athletes develop leadership skills for the future.

The non-profit program provides students a space to be inspired and achieve a foundation of honor, character and integrity, while leaving a positive impression on their teams, schools and communities. The program is funded by the Glades agricultural community.

At the Student ACES Center, Harper gained confidence both in his education and on the field. The program helped him to break out of his shell and become more outgoing. In addition, Harper now has a better handle on time management between school and football.

“When you get tired, learn to rest not quit,” remarked Harper crediting the Student ACES Center as a pivotal part in his transfer of schools. “They helped me become an unshy person and made me become more outspoken.”

It’s clear that Harper’s community of support, no matter the school, remains strong in Glades thanks to the Student ACES Center.

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Pete Walker has been involved in the game of football his entire life. As a player and then a coach, the man is synonymous with the sport.

Born and raised in the Glades, Walker grew up surrounded by the agriculture community of Clewiston. “My dad was in agriculture,” said Walker. “He was an Everglades Farm Equipment [and] tractor salesman for many years.”

Currently, Walker is the athletic director and head football coach at Clewiston High School.

Clewiston High School is the epitome of ‘Friday Night Lights.’

“The community is very involved,” explained Walker. Having previously retired from coaching, Walker credits the kids for keeping him in the game. “I like the opportunity to help a young man become a great man. When he looks back on playing football for us here at Clewiston, I want him to say I’m a better man because of that.”

Walker’s commitment to the team is paternal. He helps set the foundation up for success beyond the football field.

“We talk to these kids all the time about being good husbands and fathers and citizens and making a difference in this world and earning what you get in life,” he said. “To me, that’s important that they hear those things. And that’s what keeps me coming out here every day.”

Walker’s investments into the team have not gone unnoticed. The Clewiston Football team received an award this year from KIA Motor Company called ‘Keep the Game Going.’ Instead of airing a Super Bowl ad, the company decided to give back to support high schools that struggled during the pandemic.

“They selected ten schools in the whole country to donate to,” explained Walker. “We’re really thankful and blessed by that.”

The football program also benefits greatly from the investments of the local community.

Walker says the business community is one of the biggest supporters of the Clewiston High School athletics program. Specifically, he credits “U.S. Sugar, for sure. Like they do many other places here in the community and surrounding area. We probably couldn’t run the first-class operation in athletics that we do without them.”

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via Palm Beach Post

Published October 16, 2021

Have no fear, the Athlete of the Week is here – Asher Prescott of Glades Day football!

Prescott won by a landslide in The Post's latest poll after a pick-six in a hard fought 21-0 win at Ft. Myers-Evangelical Christian on Oct. 8.

The wide receiver and cornerback's play added to a long line of gridiron impacts his family has left with the Glades Day football program.

But there's no nepotism here.

In 2020, Prescott played under senior starter Dante Marquez. Entering his junior year, the player knew that he would have to compete to earn his spot and make his family proud.

Head coach Zach Threlkeld recognizes how much "growing up" Prescott has done.

"Last year, he played a little bit but he just wasn't ready." Threlkeld said. "I've seen him mature mentally where even though he's tired and he might be hurt, he's still able to execute and perform and that's a process."

"He knew growing up that it was something that was going to be important to him so that's how he practices and that's how he plays. He's got a bloodline of football in his family,"

Prescott's father was a state champion at Glades Day with uncles and cousins on rosters dating back decades, and the lineage doesn't stop there.

"Everybody that I know goes here," Prescott said. "It's like I was built for this. I was meant to be here."

Every week under the stadium lights is more like a family reunion, from the bleachers to the goal line, especially considering Prescott catches passes from his cousin – and starting quarterback – Dylan Wilkins week after week.

The duo has played football together since they were just 3 years old.

"We started from flag to tackle and now tackling in high school. It's amazing," Wilkins said of the family chemistry.

Prescott said even when he didn't get the playing time, he and Wilkins were running routes in the summer for two hours a day.

"That's always going to be my quarterback," Prescott said.

"They're like brothers more than cousins," Threlkeld said, noting there are six boys total in the family outside of grandchildren. "They grew up tough. They grew up competing when they were younger."

With Glades Day 6-1 on the season, it looks like the new generation could be reviving the family tradition in the hopes of winning state.

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