Big Lake Athlete of the Week:

CLEWISTON — Clewiston High School junior Jaivus Chavers is the week’s Big Lake Athlete of the Week for his performance against the Lely Trojans on Sept. 14.

In a team sport like football it’s rare that one player can singlehandedly make a difference in a game, but Chavers rose to the occasion and helped secure his team’s 14-9 win over the Trojans.

Chavers already had big shoes to fill going into the game. The Tigers had lost starting senior running back Trayquan Williams due to off-the-field issues and were counting on him to carry the team the way Williams was able to.

Lake Okeechobee News/Richard Marion
CHS junior Jaivus Chavers ran for 88 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown in the Tigers’ game against Lely. Chavers also had a huge special-teams play that factored into the Clewiston win over the Trojans.

Chavers was able to run 88 yards on 17 carries with one touchdown against Lely. That touchdown run, a 9-yard scamper that saw Chavers leap into the end zone, put Clewiston up two scores late in the game and helped seal the victory for the Tigers.

But it was on special teams where Chavers made an even bigger impact.

The Tigers were down 3-0 and the Trojans were about to add another field goal to their lead when Chavers was able to turn the corner around the left side of the Lely special teams, reach out and block the kick. Those three points would be huge late in the game when Lely, down by five, had to try to score a touchdown to win the game instead of being able to settle for another field goal.

Clewiston head coach Brad Garrett gave Chavers a shout-out in his postgame interview.

“We had a lot of key guys out,” explained Garrett. “So we had to really step up our game, and a lot of our young guys did just that. I think Jaivus Chavers did a great job of running the football.”

To nominate an athlete for Big Lake Athlete of the Week, email Lake Okeechobee News sports reporter Richard Marion at rmarion@newszap.com with their name and their sport along with reasons why you think they deserve the spot.

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