Clewiston wants to run the ball while Pahokee wants to stop the run, could be the best prediction of what might happen Friday when the Tigers host the Blue Devils.
Clewiston had a week off to heal up, work on fundamentals and get ready for their first “Sugar Bowl” game of the year. When teams in the Glades get together, the teams are usually charged up and ready to put on a show.
Pahokee was on the road in Crescent City, a bus ride that nearly lasted five hours Friday. Pahokee at (4-0) has defeated Crescent City, 43-20, Cardinal Newman, 36-21, Wayne Hill (New Jersey) 34-21, and Seminole Ridge, 20-14, this year.
Clewiston has defeated LaBelle, 28-0, and Immokalee, 20-17, before a loss at Fort Pierce Central, 37-0, on Sept. 9.
Pahokee is led by running back Rodney McKay who has a couple of 100-yard games, quarterback Tyrone Smith, and the Dent brothers who transferred in from Royal Palm Beach. Hakeem Dent had two touchdowns last week, one on defense and one on special teams. Adarius Dent has excelled on both sides of the ball.
Clewiston has had a rash of injuries this year to key players. Thankfully for the Tigers they get some of them back this week. Clemente Jones could make a big impact for the rest of the year for the Tigers. He could play quarterback and he could play tailback. Top linebacker Zachary Seale also broke his leg early in the year. Delroy Greenland had a high ankle sprain and would have been a factor at defensive end and tight end. Markevious Terry should be back soon to raise havoc at linebacker and in the offensive backfield.
Clewiston coach Pete Walker said the key to this game will be the line of scrimmage and which team wins that battle.
“We have to be able to run the ball and keep their offense off the field. We want to keep the ball out of their hands,” he noted.
Walker also worked a lot with the kids on tackling, blocking skills and fundamentals during the bye week.
Trayquan Williams has had a solid year at tailback for the Tigers.
Walker said he knows what to expect when Pahokee comes to town.
“They always have good athletes and there usually is a good crowd for this game. It should be a good game,” he said.
Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Cane Field. There is a charge for admission and parking.