PAHOKEE – Pahokee survived a near five hour bus ride to defeat Crescent City Friday, Sept. 16, 43-20. This week they don’t have that far to drive but could face a much tougher challenge.
Coach Orson Walkes said his team survived the bus ride but called it a stressful day for the team.
“It takes a lot out of your legs sitting in a bus for that long,” he noted.
Highlights for the Blue Devils Friday included Hakeem Dent who scooped up a fumble forced by Deante Hampton near the Blue Devil goal line and raced 95 yards for a touchdown. Dent added a 50 yard punt return for a score late in the game.
Coach Walkes said Dent put on a highlight reel performance on the fumble return, “He just bobbed and weaved and it was one of those plays that make you say wow.”
Timothy Rooks returned from injury to have a solid game on defense for the Blue Devils. Christopher Dent also had a solid game on defense. He hadn’t played in a few years and came back to the team this year.
“It took us about a quarter to adapt to the bus ride and everything but we did a pretty good job overall,” Walkes said.
Adarius Dent scored on the first play of the game on an 80 yard pass. Quarterback Tyrone Smith scored on a one yard run, and Zatavian Morgan added a 20 yard touchdown reception for Pahokee. The Blue Devils made mistakes with four turnovers but were able to survive.
Crescent City also switched their offense to a Wing-T and it took Pahokee awhile to adjust.
This week Walkes is excited to be playing in a “Sugar Bowl” game. He said the Clewiston Tigers should present a tough test for his defense because they like to run the ball.
“It’ll be a nice test for us. Teams have been able to run on us a little bit,” he noted.
Walkes said the Tigers have solid receivers and running backs and that Tigers Coach Pete Walker always does an outstanding job getting his team ready.
“Clewiston always have talent. In my mind we’re a bit fortunate this year to be (4-0). We made some mistakes in games that great teams will take advantage of. Most of the teams we have played are rebuilding but Clewiston will pose more of a challenge,” he added.
Walkes said when two teams in the Glades meet, it doesn’t matter what the records are. “It is a rivalry game. We’ll be up for it and so will Clewiston.”
The game is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Cane Field, 601 Pasadena Ave. in Clewiston. There is a charge for parking and admission.