Orson Walkes coaches his first regular season game for the Pahokee Blue Devils on Friday night as they travel to Seminole Ridge in Loxahatchee to tangle with the Hawks.
Pahokee hopes to repeat last season’s regular season success when they captured the title in Class 1A-8, only to lose in the first round of the state playoffs to Dixie County, 16-13.
Pahokee’s roster boasts 19 seniors this year. The list includes Tyrone Smith, Isiah Slaughter, Tyron Arnett, Nora Steele, Rodney McKay, Jim-Travis Gray, Archie Johnson, Roy Walker, Tyquez Clervan, Timothy Rooks, Elijah Bens, Bryan Crawford, Adrian McRae, Adarius Dent, Deonte Messado, Shakeem Downs and Sterquan Harmon.
Seminole Ridge finished 3-7 last year which included a 25-14 loss to Pahokee in week one. They compete in District 8A-9.
The USA Today ranked Pahokee sixth in Class 1A in their preseason rankings.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Seminole Ridge High School located at 4601 Seminole Pratt-Whitney Road.