Clewiston couldn’t hold a 13 point first quarter lead and lost to Big Lake rival Okeechobee, 22-19, at the team’s senior night and homecoming celebration Friday, Nov. 4.
Clewiston (5-5) will host Miami Edison in the first round of the FHSAA Class 4A playoffs on Friday, Nov. 11, at Cane Field.
Coach Pete Walker said it was a hard fought game and he came away impressed with Okeechobee.
“That was a gutsy win for Okeechobee. They had some kids out like we did early in the year. At one point I thought we could take a three touchdown lead, and we just didn’t make the plays.”
Markevious Terry had a huge night for the Tigers with 23 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers were hurt by a pair of Okeechobee interceptions and a fumble.
Terry said the team had too many mistakes and too many turnovers. He said the team should have better luck when they host Miami Edison Friday, Nov. 11. “If we come out and play hard we should be able to win but we can’t have mistakes and turnovers.
Antywyn Fludd ran for a 23 yard touchdown, and threw an 18 yard touchdown pass to Andravious Stallworth. Logan Etherton scored on a one yard run for OHS (8-1).
Menta Jones had a strong start for Clewiston as he threw first quarter touchdown passes to Jadan Thompson that covered 23 yards and to Ja’markis Weston for 19 yards.
Clewiston had a chance in the first half to go up by three scores but the Brahman defense stiffened as the Tigers reached the Brahman 26 yard line. Walker said that ended up being a key sequence of plays.
“Okeechobee played hard the entire game. The second half after we took the lead, they came back. It was just a tough hard football game between two teams going to the playoffs.”
Terry gave the Tigers a 19-14 lead midway through the third. A fumble by the Tigers gave the Brahmans the football at the Tiger 23 early in the fourth and Fludd made the Tigers pay with a 23 yard scramble for the winning touchdown.
The Tigers had one final shot to tied but a 41 yard field goal attempt by Jose Benitez was blocked in the final minute.
Coach Walker said the Tigers had little success in the air as they completed only two passes and that made them too one dimensional.
“We wanted to mix it up but we weren’t able to complete many passes. We were a little off throwing the football. I think we moved the ball pretty well running the football but we didn’t get that one big run. Okeechobee did a good job of stopping the big play.”
Coach Walker said the Tigers will be prepared and ready when they host Miami Edison on Friday. He described Edison as tough and athletic.
“It is going to be another tough football game. We will rally these guys up,” he added.
The Red Raiders are coached by Neapolen Joseph. They finished (7-2) in the regular season. They lost to South Ridge 7-0 and Booker T. Washington 34-18. They have defeated Homestead, 29-7, Ferguson 42-24, Keys Gate 47-7, Braddock 49-0, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 49-18, Monsignor Pace 22-15, and Miami Beach 39-18. The Red Raiders are led by quarterback Malcolm Vigille and running back Rashad Adams.
The high school playoff game Friday, Nov. 11, at Cane Field will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $8.00.
Menta Jones ran for 49 yards for Clewiston. Stallworth had a career high 78 yards in receptions for OHS. Kysell Richardson had a first half interception for the Brahmans. Trayquan Williams rushed for 43 yards for Clewiston who had 247 yards rushing as a team. Brahmans with tackles for loss included Mond, Ford, Tanner Thornton, Mateo Martinez, and Joseph Benjamin. Tigers with tackles for loss included Charles Felton, Jadan Thompson with three, Ethan Ridgdill, Ja’markis Weston and Wellestey Madurie.