The Pahokee Blue Devils defeated Frostproof at the Homecoming game Friday, Oct. 14, 43-14, to improve to (7-0) on the season.
Coach Orson Walkes said he has enjoyed the progress of his team. “Of course it feels good to be undefeated, but we are right where we thought we would be. We still have a lot of learning to do as far as school and football,” he said.
The hurricane and bye week gave his team some time off to relax and heal up some bumps and bruises. He said the homecoming distractions did impact his team in the first half, “I felt we came out a little antsy and amped up and that led to penalties in the first quarter. We did our thing in the second half.”
Frostproof kept the game close in the first half but didn’t score in the second half.
Walkes said his defense claimed down and played better with their assignments. On offense he felt quarterback Tyrone Smith looked more comfortable and confident. He said the offensive line also did better on their assignments. Rodney McKay had another strong game in the backfield leading the rushing attack.
Pahokee’s scoring came on a 30 yard touchdown pass from Smith to Tyron Arnett, a 30 yard pass from Smith to Adarius Dent, a 31 yard interception return by Akeem Dent, a 36 yard touchdown run by McKay, and a 15 yard touchdown run by Jim-travis Gray.
Ezekiel Hernandez added a 32 yard field goal for the Blue Devils.
This week Pahokee plays their biggest threat in District 1A-8, the Fort Meade Miners. The Miners are (5-2) and are coached by Jemalle Cornelius. They lost to Hardee to open the season 12-9, defeated Tenoroc 45-15, defeated Mulberry 47-8, defeated Taylor County 51-7, lost to Bartow 42-11, defeated Crescent City 42-20, and defeated Wildwood 62-8.
Coach Walkes said the miners have an excellent backfield with a potent running attack.
“They are a running team and they have the ability to score points and have decent athletes,” he added.
He said his message to his players is to buckle down and take care of business because this game is for the district title.
Key players for the Miners include quarterback Dearrick Howard, running backs Kamron Simmons, Stephon Fulse and Ladarius Clark and defenders Caden Music and Anfernee Clark.