The Tigers have used their open weekend to rest a little and get over aches as they prepare for tough challenge this Friday night when they travel to Pahokee’s Anquan Bolden Stadium to take on the Blue Devils. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Clewiston will likely stick with their basics of running the ball and throwing when they need to or when the pass defense gives them something that can’t be ignored. Sophomore tailback Menta’ Jones is averaging over 10 yards a carry and has 6 touchdowns.
But the Tigers feature some other running talent with fullback Maurice Murphy and backups at tailback, led by Tyrin Summers and Zachary Seale.
Defensively, the Tigers are a swarming pack with a solid corps of linebackers playing behind an improving defensive line.
Teandre Johnson and Juan Norton lead tacklers with 19 and 16, respectively, and each has a fumble recovery.
The Tiger pass secondary is hoping for an improved performance over their effort in the Fort Pierce Central game where blown coverages accounted for 2 touchdowns and the setting up of another score.
Traditionally, Pahokee is not noted for their place kicking game and here the Tigers have a big advantage.
Senior Colt Flynn is perfect on extra points (16 of 16) and has converted 2 or 3 field goal attempts.
The Class 1A Blue Devils are 3-0 and have allowed only 28 points. Coach Alphonse Smith Jr, a Pahokee alumnus, is in his first year as head coach.
He was a college All American star at Wake Forest, followed with NFL stints with the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions and then serving as head coach in Moore Haven.
The Blue Devils, as always, haves a team with athletes featuring speed and strength.
Tailback McArthur Burnette leads their offense with hard running, evasiveness, and quickness. He also is a threat on kickoff and punt returns.
Pahokee is mostly a running offense but quarterback T.J. Smith can throw the ball and they have receivers.
Hence, the Tiger secondary must be prepared for surprises.
While this will be the first regular season meeting of the teams since 2002, Pahokee was on the Tigers’ schedule from 1951 through 1984, with the Tigers holding an 18-14-1 record over that span.
One scheduled game was canceled due to a Pahokee team flu outbreak in 1957. Since 2002, the teams have met twice in the regular season with Clewiston winning both of those games but losing to Pahokee in the 2002 playoffs.