The Tigers are fresh off an impressive 49-10 pasting of the Indians in last week’s second edition of the Harvest Bowl. However, the realities of the football world don’t allow much time for relishing and enjoying a big win.
This week 2-0 Clewiston will host the Class 8A Fort Pierce Central Cobras, also 2-0. In fact the Cobras have beaten local rivals, Westwood and Port St Lucie, by a combined 71-0 score. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.
The Cobras obviously will bring a much larger squad to Cane Field and plenty of talent. Coach Josh Shaffer is in his sixth season at the helm and the team is off to a strong start.
The Cobras run a spread-type offense and run and throw the ball well. The Tiger defense, which has been strong and allowing only 170 yards of total offense in two games, will need to be on their toes. With a roster double the size of the Tigers, Central will have the ability to rest players which is a luxury Clewiston does not enjoy.
The Tigers are healthy and with two solid games behind them have gained valuable experience and improved their teamwork. The lop-sided victories over LaBelle and Immokalee gave Clewiston the opportunity to rest key players and give others some snaps. Particularly in the running game, the contributions by those non-starters has been impressive.
The throwing arm of senior quarterback Davis Witt is a great offensive weapon and will play a more prominent role in game plans as the season progresses against tougher opponents. Witt entered his senior year already in possession of the all-time Tiger passing records for yards, number of completions, touchdowns, and completion percentage. After two games, Witt has amassed 2,850 career yards and 35 touchdowns. The previous Tiger records were 2,238 yards and 25 scores (David Allen, 1989-91).
The Clewiston rushing attack is also potent, averaging 9.7 yards per carry. Sophomore tailback Menta’ Jones is leading that charge with a 14.5 average and four touchdowns.
Defensively, the Tigers have gotten solid performances across the board. Senior linebacker Teandre Johnson has 10 solo tackles, a fumble recovery and one tackle for loss. Junior defensive end Jadan Thompson has 8 solos, two QB sacks (-10 yards) and two tackles for losses. Junior defensive lineman Delroy Greenland has been penetrating with three tackles for losses.