Fumbles hurt the Tigers last Friday, Oct. 21, as they fell to the Fort Myers Green Wave 22-7 at Cane Field.
Seniors Widchard Guervil and Eddie Ferguson recovered fumbles deep in Tiger territory in the third quarter and turned a close defensive battle into a comfortable 22-7 victory for the Green Wave, (5-3).
The score was only 7-0 at halftime and that was due to a mistake by the Tigers. Dawson DeGrott was uncovered at wide receiver and caught a 70 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Stobugh on the first play of the game.
Clewiston tied the score early in the third quarter as Keshawn Davis intercepted a pass and returned it to the Green Wave 13-yard line. Quarterback Menta Jones hit Charles Felton with a 13 yard touchdown to knot the score at 7-7.
Fort Myers answered with a drive capped by a 15 yard touchdown run by Yasias Young. On the next play Clewiston fumbled inside their own 10 yard line and on the next play Xavier Perez ran for a seven yard touchdown run.
Jonathan Cassamajor ended the Tiger hopes with a late interception.
For the Tigers Menta Jones completed (9-14) passes for 120 yards. Winston Gilkes caught a 33 yard pass. Wellestey Madurie had a 20 yard reception. Anthony Walker caught a two short passes for 14 yards. Danny Creagh had a 19 yard reception as Jones hit six different receivers.
On the ground Markevious Terry had 28 yards rushing on seven carries, and Trayquan Williams ran for 34 yards on five carries. Williams also caught three passes for 21 yards.
Perez led Fort Myers with 95 yards rushing. This week the Tigers host arch rival Glades Central for the District 4A-7 Championship. Clewiston is insured of a playoff berth as the loser of the game will also qualify for the playoffs on Nov. 11.
Glades Central was a passing team for the first half of the year as FSU recruit James Blackman threw for over 1,200 yards, In recent games, Demetrius Martin has taken over as the primary offensive threat in the run game. He rushed for over 200 yards in the victory over University of Fort Lauderdale two weeks ago. Top receivers for the Raiders include Siurpry Rinvil, Quantino Allen and Trey Green. Rodrick Martin, Cory Amilcar, Steve Barrett and John Morris led the Raider defense.
Friday’s, Oct. 28, game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Cane Field. There is a charge for admission and parking.