PAHOKEE — The Pahokee Blue Devils defeated the West Park Prep Crimson Trunks on Oct. 13 with a score 35-0. The Blue Devils, now with a record of 6-1, move on to face the Seminole Ridge Hawks on Oct. 20.
The West Park game was only played for a half, as the Crimson Trunks were dealing with the loss of their teammate Terrell Thomas to gun violence the previous week. Even more tragically, Thomas was due to become a father two days after he was killed.
Pahokee coach Orson Walkes was sympathetic to the situation West Park was in. Walkes was on the Pahokee coaching staff in 2008 when linebacker and tight end Norman Griffith was shot and killed hours after the Blue Devils beat Jupiter in their homecoming game.
“We celebrated Terrel Thomas,” Walkes said, “We only played for a half, but we completely understood considering the circumstances. We were happy that West Park came out so we could have something for homecoming.”
Seminole Ridge will now come to town to face Pahokee in what should be a close game. The Hawks come into the game with a 7-1 record, their first and only loss coming last week against Palm Beach Central.
“It should be a good game,” explained Walkes, “their first loss was to Palm Beach Central, who are an outstanding team. I’m a little under the weather right now, in bed watching game film. But I’m going to be there. Whatever I have to do I’m going to be at the game.”