Blue Devils hold off scrappy Bulldogs; advance to semifinal

PAHOKEE — The Pahokee Blue Devils defeated the Frostproof Bulldogs 42-28 on Friday, Nov. 17, bringing them one step closer to another visit to Orlando and a berth in the state championship.

Next they’ll travel to face the unbeaten Madison County Cowboys on Nov. 24 in the state semifinal.

Pahokee coach Orson Walkes thinks his team has a chance to make another championship run this year.

“In my mind we’ll be there,” said Walkes, “it’s hard to compare this year to last years team. Last year we had a little more experience at quarterback and wide receiver, while this year the running game is a little better. We have a two headed attack as opposed to just the one kid. We didn’t have as much experience on defense this year either. Been feeling out our way on that side of the ball. They’ve came along pretty good, looking like veterans right now.”

The Bulldogs struck first in the game on Nov. 17, with a 7-yard pass from Frostproof quarterback Josh Jenkins to Deonta McMahon. But Pahokee responded four minutes later with a 1-yard touchdown run of their own to tie up the game.

After a Pahokee 15-yard touchdown run by Lavonski Williams in the second quarter, the Blue Devils wouldn’t be behind for the rest of the game.

Williams rushed for 77 yards throughout the game with two touchdowns, Devuntrae Hampton ran for 69 yards and a touchdown and Tamichael Boldin had 43 yards rushing for the night.

Blue Devil running back Jateri Washington was still recovering from an ankle injury that forced him to miss Pahokee’s playoff game against Williston on Nov. 10.

Up 21-7 at halftime, the game looked as if it might turn into a blowout in Pahokee’s favor as the Blue Devils were due to receive the second half kickoff.

But Frostproof recovered an onside kick and quickly scored to make it 21-14.

The Bulldogs and Blue Devils would trade touchdowns for the entire second half. Williams responded with a 19-yard touchdown run after the Bulldogs scored to make it 28-14. But Frostproof came right back with a 6-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-21.

Pahokee player Leroy Love then answered with an electric 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to put the Blue Devils back up two scores 35-21.

But the Bulldogs refused to go down quietly, with quarterback Jenkins throwing a 65-yard pass that gave Frostproof the ball at the Pahokee one yard line. Jenkins then ran it in himself making it a one score game at 35-28.

The Blue Devils responded, like they had all game, with a 24-yard touchdown run by Hampton. And that score of 42-28 would be how the game ended as time expired on the Bulldogs and Pahokee was finally victorious.

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