PAHOKEE — The Pahokee Blue Devils beat the Palm Beach Lakes Rams 6-2 last Friday, Aug. 25. But Pahokee coach Orson Walkes isn’t satisfied with just winning the game.
“Palm Beach came out and played hard,” Walkes explained, “We were fortunate enough to come out with the win. But I feel that we are much better than that as a team. I mean, a win is a win. But it’s more important to me how we play the game.”
Palm Beach’s defense notched a safety against Pahokee in the first quarter and that remained the only score in the first half, as the two defenses took control of the game. Then, in the third quarter, Pahokee senior Zatavian Morgan caught a pass in the middle of the field and ran it 25-yards for a touchdown. Ultimately that proved to be the game winner as the Pahokee defense kept the Rams offense scoreless.
“Defense looked really good on Friday,” said Walkes, “but I feel like if we tighten up a few things we can really dominate on that side of the ball. The offense is a little bit behind schedule, but I know we’ll get that together as well. Just have to push – this is still the beginning of the season. We have a new quarterback and new receivers. Everybody knows about our offensive line and how big they are, so we need to establish a dominant run game and we’ll get the passing attack back together.”
Every member of the Pahokee offensive line is over six foot tall, and weighs well over 200 pounds, some approaching 300 pounds. They’ll be instrumental in setting the tone offensively. Pahokee’s defense looked stout against Palm Beach, so if the offense starts clicking as the season progresses, then the Blue Devils will be a force to reckon with for all their opponents this year.