Teams around the lake saw their first action of the 2019 season last week as kickoff classics were played all around the state of Florida. While these preseason games don’t reflect on a team’s final record in the regular season, they can still be a small preview of what to expect from each school as the year progresses.
The Clewiston High School Tigers kicked off their preseason against the Sebring Blue Streaks on Aug. 16 in Sebring. The Tigers took the lead early on a goal line run, but the ensuing missed extra point would end up coming back to haunt them. Sebring responded with two touchdown drives to go up 14-6 on Clewiston in the first half. Still, the Tigers were able to march down the field and score a touchdown in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to make the score 14-12. Clewiston was forced to attempt a two-point conversion to tie the game but the Blue Streak defense was able deny the Tigers and secure the win. The Tigers will now host their regular season opener in Clewiston at Cane Field at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 23.
Pahokee Blue Devils
The Pahokee High School Blue Devils traveled to Tampa to face the Jefferson High School Dragons in a preseason match-up. Pahokee’s schedule is packed with tough teams this year, and the preseason is no exception. Both teams had advanced to their regional final in the 2018 season. Jefferson came away with the 30-17 win in the muddy, penalty-filled game. The Blue Devils kickoff their regular season against the University Sharks at 7 p.m. on Aug 23 in Pahokee at Anquan Boldin stadium.
Glades Day Gators
Glades Central Raiders
The Glades Central High School Raiders hosted the Everglades Gators on Aug. 16 in one of the few home games around the lake during kickoff classic week. The Raiders dominated the Gators in their preseason match-up, winning 40-0. As one of the only teams around Lake Okeechobee to not have a coaching change this year, the Raiders could end up using that stability to make a run all the way to the state championship. Glades Central will be home again next week for the regular season opener when they host the Boca Raton Bobcats at 6 p.m. on Aug. 23.
Moore Haven Terriers
The Okeechobee High School Brahmans hosted the Jupiter Warriors in their kickoff classic on Aug. 16. For more on this game, click HERE.