OHS Brahmans trample LaBelle Cowboys, 41-7

OKEECHOBEE — Too bad this one didn’t count.

Okeechobee defeated LaBelle in every aspect of the game on Aug. 19, in the kickoff exhibition game, 41-7, at Brahman stadium.

They beat the Cowboys with the legs and arm of Antawyn ‘Bubba’ Fludd, the determination and reckless abandon of Lamar Williams, a physical and stubborn run defense, and some spectacular catches by their wide receivers.
Coach Chris Branham said he was proud of the way his team practiced Wednesday, the way they executed Friday, and the positive attitudes and work ethic they showed in this game.

“I’m proud of the way our guys made adjustments tonight, and how quickly they picked up the game adjustments and contained the game,” he said.

“The young defense played well, our linebackers came down hill and stopped the run quickly. The secondary created a no-fly zone in the passing game, and didn’t want to give up anything in the air. We made great adjustments tonight,” he added.

Branham was able to keep to his word and play more guys on one side of the ball and give them rest. Fludd, for example, didn’t play a down on defense and left the game in the third quarter. Williams was also spelled in the fourth quarter after his 20 carry, 129-yard performance. He capped the night with a 3-yard touchdown run. Most of the players got some plays on both sides of the ball to rest their teammates.

Fludd was spectacular from the start. He befuddled the Cowboys with scrambles and on the read option. Fludd was accurate with his passes as well, as he completed seven passes, three of them for touchdowns. Fludd also added touchdown runs of 28 and 24 yards in the game.

Fludd hit Kysell Richardson with a 13-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Richardson made two defenders miss as he made his way into the end zone. He also made a spectacular catch between two defenders on a pass from backup quarterback Logan Etherton in the second half that set up Williams’ touchdown.

“That was just me going to get mine. When the football is in the air, I feel it is mine every time. I just went up and grabbed it between two defenders,” he said.

Fludd also completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Moore and a 24-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Clark in the game.

LaBelle’s only score came on a six-play, 37-yard drive in the third quarter on a 5-yard run by La’Travis Williams. He finished the night with 90 yards rushing and 113 yards in kick returns to lead the Cowboys.

Okeechobee dominated the stat sheet with 20 first downs while LaBelle had seven. The Brahmans gained 449 yards in total offense and LaBelle had 123.  Okeechobee ran for 307 yards and passed for 142 yards.
Richardson said he felt the team played very well and met the coach’s expectations.

“We have good receivers, we have a very good quarterback and we did a real good job tonight,” he added.

Game notes
Jarrett Mills was five for six on extra point tries and missed a 49-yard field goal attempt wide left. Juan’yae Ford, Bobby Wright, Koby Chapman, and Mateo Vasquez had quarterback sacks for the Brahman defense. Derrick Pinder had an interception for OHS. Okeechobee opens the regular season at home Friday night against Martin County. Richardson had 55 yards in receptions. Jermaine Moore had two catches for 33 yards. Jajuan Cherry ran four times for 38 yards and added two receptions for 22 yards. Demetrius Clark grabbed two passes for 29 yards.

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