Football Around the Lake

• The Okeechobee Brahmans were shut out by the Sebastian River Sharks 41-0 on Sept. 14, making them 0-3 for the 2018 season. The Brahmans’ struggles continued on offense and defense for the third week in a row. One play that could encapsulate the whole game for Okeechobee saw the Brahman defense leave Sebastian River receiver Alvin Barriner completely uncovered in the slot-left position on a fourth down and three. Sebastian River quarterback Shea Spencer simply popped up and hit Barriner for a quick and easy 26-yard pass. Two plays later, the Sharks were in the end zone. Now Okeechobee will have its first home game of the regular season when the Port St. Lucie Jaguars come to town on Sept. 21. OHS is planning to “go gold” for the game, and is selling gold T-shirts to benefit childhood cancer awareness.

• The Clewiston Tigers got their first win of the year with a 14-9 victory over Lely. The win brings Clewiston to 1-3 this year, and makes them 1-0 in district games. The young Tigers team has been improving in every game so far in 2018. Next they’ll face rival Glades Central at Cane Field on Sept. 21. Clewiston will be getting two key players back just in time for Glades Central, Ja’Markis Weston and Trayquan Williams.

• The Moore Haven Terriers lost a nail-biter to Neumann 21-20 in overtime. Moore Haven lost junior starting quarterback L.J. Sampson late in the first quarter to a broken hand but, despite the setback, were able to match Neumann blow for blow and could have ended the game in a tie if not for a missed extra point in overtime. The Terriers will move on to face the Community School of Naples in Moore Haven on Sept. 21. It should be interesting to watch how the team bounces back after its first regular-season loss since 2016.

• The Glades Central Raiders are coming off a bye week into their game against Clewiston on Sept. 21. The Raiders are 1-2 this season. Glades Central will have to limit the mistakes that plagued their 42-14 loss to Dwyer. In that game, the Raiders threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

• The Glades Day Gators beat the Saint Andrews Scots 32-6 on Sept. 14, making them 2-2 on the year. Next they’ll face Berean Christian in a home game at Glades Day High School on Sept 21. The Gators should perform well against Berean, which hasn’t won an away game all year. But you get the feeling the game the Gators are really looking forward to is the Sept. 28 game against Moore Haven. Glades Day has been itching for another shot at Moore Haven after the Terriers beat them twice last year, once in the regular season and once in the playoffs.

• The Pahokee Blue Devils won their game against the Cardinal Newman Crusaders 34-10. The victory makes the Blue Devils 2-1 for the season, with their only loss coming against the red-hot Atlantic Eagles. But they’ll face another red-hot team when the Vero Beach Indians come into Pahokee on Sept. 21. The Blue Devil defense will have its hands full as Vero Beach hasn’t scored fewer than 40 points in a game this season.

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