Clewiston won a big game Friday, Sept. 30, as they avenged the 2015 loss at University with a 24-7 victory Friday at Cane Field over the Sharks.
“It was a real big win and it puts us in a good position in districts,” Coach Pete Walker said this week.
Clewiston again did it with defense and just enough offense. They also are getting healthy at the right time.
Walker admits the victory takes a little of the pressure off when the Tigers play Glades Central later this month for the District Championship.
“If we had lost we would have had to fight real hard in that game,” he added.
Walker said his team underachieved last year in the game with University as they dropped a couple of sure touchdown passes. He said there was no repeat because his defense was dominant.
“I felt we dominated the line of scrimmage with our defensive line and our linebackers played well,” he added. The defense held University to only 21 rushing yards and made them one dimensional. Once University tried to pass, the defense was able to pressure the quarterback. Running back Kenny McIntosh was held to only 10 yards on 10 carries. Sharks quarterback George Bubrick was pressured into 15 incomplete passes.
“I think it was a good overall win for us. I felt we played well in all areas of the game,” he added.
Quarterback Menta Jones also improved as he remembered passing the football is like riding a bicycle, you don’t forget how to do it. The offense was able to expand their playbook a bit and it showed.
“We were able to do more things with him,” Walker added.
Jones rushed for a two yard touchdown and Anthony Walker caught a 34 yard touchdown pass. Jose Benitez added a 34 yard field goal for the Tigers, (3-2).
This week the Tigers travel to meet Monsignor Pace in Miami. The Spartans (3-2) are due to combine with Archbishop Curley next year. Veteran Coach Joe Zaccheo has over 130 career victories. He had a rough 2015 when the Spartans went 2-8. They compete in District 4A-8. They have defeated Hialeah-Miami Lakes 34-3, loss to Booker T. Washington 28-6, defeated Gulf Coast Naples 16-3, defeated Gulliver Prep 35-7 and lost to Chaminade Hollywood, 6-0.
Coach Walker said he knows the Spartans are well coached and will pose a threat to his Tigers this week. “They do a good job of coaching, they have athletes, they have a good running back and the Spartan quarterback can run and throw,” he added.
Key players for the Spartans include linebacker Jahmar Brown, defensive back Divard Wilson, defensive end Andre Ragin, and place kicker Mathias Rodriguez.