Posted: 1:18 am Saturday, October 31st, 2009
By Post Staff
For anyone who was there, there’s no need to reiterate what an incredible game this was to watch. Lakes was a minute from wrapping up the upset when Pahokee came back to tie the game at 14.
First, some major credit goes to the Palm Beach Lakes defense, which has been strong all year. Really that’s what’s been carrying the Rams this season.
De’Joshua Johnson, who scored two touchdowns for Pahokee and passed for the game-tying touchdown had this to say about the Rams defense:
“My last two years playing Lakes, my sophomore and junior years, they were blowouts,” Johnson said. “They had a much better defense. That’s the best defense we’ve seen this year except Dwyer.”
Here’s what the Lakes defense did against Pahokee:
Pahokee went for a fourth-and-1 at their own 27 and got stuffed for a two-yard loss.
Pahokee blocked a punt and returned it to the Lakes 8-yard line and didn’t score.
Lakes senior Morris Moore had two sacks, one of which resulted in the fumble that Pahokee recovered.
The Lakes defense also had two interceptions.
Pahokee had 263 yards of offense. And considering how many weapons the Blue Devils has on offense, that’s not much. The majority of that was due to Fred Pickett. Pickett had 23 carries for 126 yards.
Which brings us to the Pahokee offense. Pickett was outstanding Friday night. He kept running outside and the Lakes coaches were expecting that, based on what they were screaming at their players, but the Rams still couldn’t stop him.
Other than that, Pahokee didn’t have much going on offense until De’Joshua Johnson took over at quarterback with about four minutes left in the game.
“Everybody was happy, the offense was in the huddle like ‘It’s about time you’re back,” Johnson said. “Everybody had that spunk like we’re going to push it in so let’s get it done.”
The game-tying touchdown was the same play as Pahokee’s game-winning touchdown in last year’s state title game. Dennis Hall, Johnson’s “brother from another mother” caught the game-tying pass.
“It was a scramble. He was the first person I saw. He had a man on him but it really didn’t matter with him. He’s going to make the catch anyway. I threw it where only he would get it and he came up with it.”
Johnson said he did his best Superman on the five-yard touchdown run in overtime.
It was a tough loss for Lakes but the Rams shouldn’t necessarily feel awful about the loss. The offense probably needs some work, but that defense will carry them pretty far.
As for Pahokee, the Blue Devils defense performed well and that was one smart adjustment putting Johnson in at quarterback late in the game. It proved to be the difference.