PAHOKEE — Defense ruled the first half and offense dominated the second as Pahokee walloped Lake Worth, 39-0 in their spring game on Friday, May 26.
Pahokee gained 423 yards on offense and held the Trojans to 51 total yards in the lopsided spring game at Anquan Boldin Stadium.
Coach Orson Walkes said it was a very productive spring practice this year for his team. “We looked good tonight. It was just a spring football game but the line looked like we thought it would, the guys in the skilled positions are coming along, and all of the quarterbacks looked poised out there.”
Walkes said he has not named a starter at quarterback and the spring game didn’t help as all of the candidates played well.
LaVonski Williams rushed for 95 yards on 11 carries, and Jatari Washington ran for 46 yards and two scores for the Blue Devils.
Pahokee quarterbacks Deonte Nelson and Jermaine Roberson both did well in their time in the pocket.
“They sure didn’t make our decision easy. I think they all showed they could do the job.”
Lake Worth had only one good drive in the game, the opening series of the game as they gained 27 yards in three plays before the Blue Devils came to life.
“Our defense was awesome tonight. We also have worked on depth. A lot will depend on the summer and the weight room. We have to get bigger, stronger and faster.”
Pahokee moved the ball on their first drive from their own 26 yard line into the Trojan end zone but the drive ended with an interception.
Jalen Mitchell, who had an interception, had a second pick negated by a penalty on the second Trojan series.
Pahokee got on the scoreboard on the first play of the second quarter after a quick 51 yard drive. Williams broke loose for a 37 yard scamper to set up a 14 yard touchdown by Washington and a 6-0 lead. Miguel Rodriguez missed the extra point.
The Trojans tried to convert a fourth down and two at their own 28 on the next drive but Latarie Kinsler got a tackle in the backfield to give the Blue Devils a first down at the Trojan 24. After a defensive off side, Roberson made an excellent pass fake, and then scrambled 20 yards for a touchdown to give Pahokee a 12-0 halftime lead.
Nelson added an interception in the first half but the Blue Devils fumbled on the next drive.
LonKevious McFadden caught 91 yards in receptions in the game and grabbed a 44 yard pass just before the half.
Pahokee drove 80 yards in seven plays to start the third quarter to take a 20-0 lead. Washington scored the touchdown on a four yard run.
Pahokee drove 57 yards in 10 plays to take a 26-0 lead on a touchdown run by Nelson.
Mitchell’s interception at the Blue Devil five led to a quick 95 yard drive, capped by an 81 yard touchdown run by DeVuntrae Hampton.
Hampton said he is a team player, who is ready to contribute when the team needs him. “I appreciate my offensive line. They led the way for me into the end zone.”
Hampton hadn’t played offense in a while but said the long run felt natural. “We have a lot of work to do, we are on our way back to the championship game. I just want to play a role and help my team.”
The final Pahokee touchdown came on a five play 67 yard drive in the fourth quarter.
Jason Campbell capped the drive with a 10 yard touchdown run.
Offensive linemen Nylander Grandville, a starter on last year’s state championship team, said the line works well together, works hard all the time, and takes things personally.
“We worked hard all spring. The hard work paid off. This was my last spring game and I had to go hard,” he explained.
He said the veteran linemen push and challenge each other and demand the best out of themselves. “We still have a lot of work to do. We know what we have to do to be state champs and we’ll do what needs to be done,” he added.
Walkes also thanked his coaches for doing an excellent job this spring.
Pahokee has a daunting schedule in the fall. There are no longer districts for smaller classifications. Pahokee has scheduled state power house programs Cocoa and Vero Beach along with their annual rivalry with Glades Central.