PAHOKEE – Pahokee defeated Fort Meade 21-14 Friday, Oct. 21, to capture the District 1A-8 title for the second year in a row.
The Blue Devils (8-0) used stingy defense and solid games from quarterback Tyrone Smith and running back Rodney McKay to defeat the Miners at Frank S. Battle Field.
The Miners had their chances and had four drives into Pahokee territory that didn’t result in any scores, including one trip inside the 20. A Blue Devil fourth down stop on the Blue Devils 30 yard line clinched the game late in the fourth quarter.
Smith threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half, a 27 yard toss to Tyron Arnett, and a 12 yard throw to Adarius Dent while Fort Meade responded with a touchdown pass from Dearrick Howard to Chad Fulse. Pahokee led 14-7 at the half.
Fulse tied the game in the third quarter when he broke loose for a 70 yard touchdown. He ran for 116 yards in the game.
Pahokee responded with a 12 play, 70 yard drive, which consumed a lot of time. Mckay capped the drive with a nine yard touchdown run.
Pahokee had 141 yards in passing in the game. The Devils hurt themselves though with over 100 yards in penalties.
Coach Orson Walkes said the team continued to make too many mistakes. “I didn’t appreciate the mistakes. We made some mistakes on special teams. We should have returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. We have some bugs to fix.”
Walkes also wasn’t impressed with some dropped passes on offense and some scheme mistakes on defense.
“Give credit to Fort Meade. They played some inspired football and played tough and it was a pretty good fight for us. They also did a good job of coaching with their schemes. I’m still proud of my Blue Devils,” he added.
This week the Blue Devils host the T. Dewitt Taylor High School from Pierson. The Wildcats (4-3) have defeated Halifax Academy 48-6, lost to Trinity Christian 29-28, lost to Fort Meade 51-7, defeated Harvest Community 40-14, defeated Frostproof 20-6, lost to Crescent City 55-3, and defeated Warner Christian 48-7. They are a district 1A-8 opponent.
The Wildcats are coached by Antuarn Williams. They like to run the football. Quarterback Mason Henry has completed 49 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns. Running back Jaquavais Williams has rushed for 737 yards and nine touchdowns. Jaden Reeves has ran for 545 yards this year and nine scores. Thomas Belkey has been a threat in the return game. The defense is led by Gage Cade with 80 tackles, and Zach McClain with 50 tackles.
Coach Walkes said Pahokee can’t overlook the Wildcats, “They are similar to Fort Meade just not as big. We need to focus on them this week and not get ahead of ourselves. “Walkes said his team will likely play Trenton in the first round of the playoffs and eventually will have to get through Madison County in order to get a state championship. Pahokee should have the home field for the entire playoff run.
Friday’s, Oct. 28, game is played at Anquan Boldin Stadium at 7 p.m. There is a charge to park your vehicle and gain admission.