PAHOKEE — The Pahokee Blue Devils defeated the Williston Red Devils 41-17 in their playoff game on Friday, Nov. 10. Next, Pahokee faces the Frostproof Bulldogs on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Pahokee.
Pahokee was without running back Jateri Washington, who sat out the game with an ankle injury. He had played a crucial role in the Blue Devils’ victory over Glades Central at the Muck Bowl on Nov. 3, running for over 200 yards and scoring four touchdowns.
Pahokee coach Orson Walkes made the decision to start sophomore TaMichael Boldin at running back.
“We rested Washington so now he’s healthy.” Explained Walkes, “Boldin was able to go off and do his thing so we were able to let LaVonski Williams focus on defense more.”
Williams’ focus on defense paid off on Williston’s first offensive possession. After going up 7-0 on a Pahokee TD pass from quarterback Deante Nealson to Tyler Gilbert, Williams was able to intercept a Williston pass and return it for another Blue Devils touchdown to put Pahokee up 14-0 early in the first quarter.
TaMichael Boldin did well in his first start, running for 188 yards on 13 attempts. And the Pahokee defense continued its dominating performance, holding the Red Devils’ running game to only 56 yards rushing for the entire game.
“They did pretty much what we expected them to,” Walkes said. “They came in as a run-heavy team, and we stopped the run. So it was a long night for them in that regard.”
Now the Blue Devils are preparing to face the Frostproof Bulldogs, who come into the game at 7-4. The Bulldogs are coming off an upset win against the Wildwood Wildcats, who were undefeated in the regular season.
“Frostproof is a good team. Said Walkes, “They have a good mixture of run and pass. Another good running back for our defense to face, quarterback knows what he’s doing. A little bit more for us to prepare for, but if we take care of our side of the ball we should handle things.”