Clewiston High School’s football team totally dominated Somerset Academy 56-0 at a rare Friday, Oct. 14, matinee game in Fort Lauderdale.
The Clewiston Tigers spread around the ball on offense, and played tremendous defense. It didn’t hurt that the Somerset Panthers apparently didn’t like punting the football no matter where they were on the field.
Coach Pete Walker said his team expected to win and put out a good team effort.
“We’ve been getting more people involved. We tackled well and we got several of the guys involved in the offense,” he noted.
Wellestey Madurie returned an interception for a touchdown on the first play of the game. A few minutes later Anthony Walker caught a pass inside the Panther red zone and Markevious Terry scored on a 20 yard run to make it 14-0.
Clewiston (4-2) was not done as they got the ball back when the Panthers failed on a fourth down conversion. Winston Gilkes caught a 15 yard touchdown pass from Menta Jones to make it 21-0. Later in the half a 25 yard scramble by Jones led to a 15 yard touchdown run by Juan Norton.
Madurie returned a second interception for a score in the second quarter to make it 35-0. Gilkes scored a second touchdown on a 15 yard pass from Jones and added a 60 yard touchdown reception just before halftime.
Coach Walker said he is pleased with the improvement Jones has made in the passing game since he returned to the lineup. “Menta is getting better and is doing a better job distributing the football.”
The Tigers finished off the scoring in the second half with a one yard touchdown run by Keshawn Davis, who had a 30 yard run on the drive.
Zamar Miller proved to be the only highlight for the Panthers with several tough runs.
Defensive highlights included a fourth down stop by Aaron Adams in the first quarter. A tackle in the backfield by Donny Creagh on anther fourth down, several big hits by Jaydon Thompson, tough run defense by Ja’markis Weston, Kalvyn Johnson and Armone Thomas, and a quarterback sack by Thomas on another fourth down.
The Tigers also got to use everyone on the roster in the big win. Meanwhile Glades Central dispatched University of Fort Lauderdale which sets up a battle on Friday, Oct. 28, for the championship of District 4A-7 at Cane Field between the Tigers and Raiders.
This week the Tigers host the Fort Myers Green Wave at Cane Field for the first time in over 30 years. The Green Wave defeated the Tigers in a tough defensive battle last year, 12-7, in Ft. Myers. The Green Wave, coached by Sammy Sirianni, is (4-3). They compete in District 6A-11. The Green Wave have lost to Palmetto 20-14, defeated North Fort Myers 37-16, defeated Cypress Lake 34-0, lost to South Fort Myers 18-16, lost to Charlotte 24-6, defeated Lehigh 42-7 and Estero 44-7.
Key players for the Green Wave include quarterback Benjamin Stobugh who has thrown four touchdown passes and rushed for 150 yards. He has four interceptions on defense.
Coach Walker said the Green Wave use the Wing-T offense and will pose a good test for his defense.