Clewiston won the District 4A-7 title last week with their best game of the year as they defeated arch rival Glades Central 22-6.
Coach Pete Walker said his team just simply outplayed the Raiders and really put it all together. “We just outplayed them on both sides of the ball and I felt our offensive and defensive lines really played well and controlled the line of scrimmage,” he noted.
The Tigers peaked at the right time this year. They battled injury after injury early, but knew they had the capability of beating anyone on their schedule.
“I knew the kids were capable of this. We started the year with the goal of a district title. We also got very healthy at the right time,” he added. The Raiders just couldn’t get going and never could get comfortable, especially quarterback James Blackmon. The Tigers put a great pass rush on Blackmon and covered the Raiders receivers well in the secondary. On offense, the Tigers just played smash mouth football and controlled the ball and the time of possession. “We played good team defense. We had some tough games this year and some tough losses but we kept working and kept getting better,” Walker added.
Trayquan Williams picked a good time to have a 100 yard game as he rushed for 105 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown. Markevious Terry added a rushing touchdown and Ja’markis Weston caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Menta Jones. Jose Benitez added a field goal for the Tigers.
Coach Walker also praised Jadan Thompson and Delroy Greenland for their pass rush.
Walker expects the Tigers to have a big effort this week against Big Lake Rival Okeechobee, (7-1). The Brahmans are a district runner up this year in 6A and will play Daytona Beach Mainland in the playoffs. Clewiston will square off with Miami Edison.
The Brahmans are led by quarterback Antywyn Fludd, tailback Lamar Williams, and defensive lineman Joseph Benjamin and linebacker Jajuan Cherry. They also have a solid place kicker in Jarrett Mills. Clewiston has won the last three meetings between the schools and has dominated the series over the years with Okeechobee rarely winning in Clewiston. Coach Walker promised his team would not look past Okeechobee and that he expected a strong effort from his Tigers.
“Okeechobee is a good football team. They are always tough no matter what the record. We expect them to play good football and spread the ball around. We need to pressure the quarterback, cover well, and keep the ball away from their offense.”
The game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Cane Field. Fans can expect to pay for parking and admission.