PAHOKEE — The Pahokee Blue Devils defeated the Boynton Beach Tigers 28-0 on Sept. 29. Next they face the Palm Beach Gardens Gators at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6, at Pahokee high school.
The Pahokee defense returned to it’s dominating form against Boynton. Notching five sacks and impressively not allowing a single passing yard for the entire game. The Blue Devils also adjusted much better to the run game this week, after giving up big numbers to Vero Beach last week. Pahokee coach Orson Walkes was proud of the way his team showed up during the Boynton Beach game.
“Our defensive line played well,” said Walkes, “linebackers filled all the gaps they were supposed to. And the secondary guys came down great on run support. On offense the highlight would definitely be LaVonski Williams, who came in to relieve Jatarie Washington after he came off the field with a tweaked hamstring.”
Washington came off the field limping and favoring his leg after a rollicking 71-yard run play that saw him bulldozing and dragging Boynton defenders across the field. Williams took over right where Washington left off, ultimately rushing for 178 yards and three touchdowns on the night.
“Our first loss in a full year was against Vero last week,” said Walkes, “Every once in a while it’s good to have a wake up call. That Vero game got us back to thinking about the fundamentals and making sure we cover our bases.”
The Palm Beach Gardens Gators come into Pahokee this Friday, Oct. 6, looking to get a win after losing to Seminole Ridge in a make-up game on Oct. 2 this week. The shortend time to prepare for Blue Devils and their domineering defense might be a disadvantage for the Gators.
“Palm Beach Gardens is a good passing team,” explained Walkes, “receivers look good and the quarterback seems to be on point with the ball. Offensive line has been blocking well. Defense looks stout with Gurvan Hall being a leader for them at safety. They look good on film, so we’re doing our preperation and I’m looking forward to the game.”