33 Blue Devil Years
1938-44 1945-50 1951-56 1957-63
THIS PAGE CONTAINS YEARS 1930-37
33 BLUE DEVIL YEARS
A HISTORY OF PAHOKEE FOOTBALL
1930 -1963 BY LELAND G KEENE
Spirit Of The Blue Devils
have a small school in comparison to the schools we play.
So we have to do things differently to compete on an
have a lot of spirit and pride.
This has been handed down from the Blue Devils of the
have a superior group of boys.
First things are first and football comes first.
They keep training rules, have a desire to learn, and
keep in better physical and mental condition.
use the latest coaching techniques, such as coaching schools,
game movies, scouting reports and even watch the pro's play on
know that we are underdogs in almost every game.
We have to have more desire to win, hit harder., use
evasive tactics against stronger teams, and out-maneuver and
outsmart our opponents.
Therefore, we have to have a
superior boy, give him individual coaching, develop a feeling
of pride, instill in him a spirit to want to win, and make him
understand that many are called to become "Blue
Devils", but only a few are chosen to represent Pahokee
the boys who, down through the years, have fought hard to make
"The Blue Devils" a respected name in South Florida
sports, and who have brought recognition and honor to their
alma mater . . . to each and every one of these boys this book
is respectfully dedicated.
wish to gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the
merchants, professional people, and individuals who supported
the publication of this little book by their advertising.
Without their assistance it would have been difficult if not
impossible to tell this story of 33 years with the "Blue
14 Dania 0
6 Homestead 0
12 Lake Worth 14
Pahokee 0 Lake
Pahokee total points.... 45 Won 3, lost 3 ... 500%
Opponent’s total points. .58
Louis Gold, clever handling of team and intercepting passes.
Leon Spooner, Joe Parker and Jack Winnie...ground running.
Principal E. E. Bishop (now registrar of Palm Beach Jr. College)
started the first team in 1930. Rev.
Joe Tolle, First Methodist Church, coached the first team.
On September 26, 1930 Principal Bishop of Pahokee, Canal Point asked
the Pahokee Rotarians to support a football team for Pahokee.
On Friday October 10, 1930 East Beach High School team (name of the
school at the time) met a Dania High School team in a football game on
Pahokee School grounds at 3 p.m. This was the first matched football
game ever played between high school teams in the Everglades.
The admission was 50 cents.
The first touch down ever scored at Pahokee was a pass from Leon
Spooner to Dan Padgett.
The second touchdown was a 11 yard run by Dodo Parker.
Louis Gold made two touchdowns in the second Dania game.
Stuart Spooner Dan
Carl Thompson Lavine
Pahokee 47 Punta
Gorda 0 Pahokee 58
Pahokee 19 Homestead
26 Stuart 7
Pahokee 19 Frostproof
0 Pahokee 0
Ft. Pierce 19
Pahokee 2 Sebring
24 Okeechobee 0
total points .... 195 won 7 lost 1
.... Frank Hobson
. Bill Howell, Mack Parker
Frank Hobson broke his leg in a practice scrimmage against the Varsity.
Pahokee High School has started what seems to be its best Year in football under Frank Hobson and Joe Tolle. All the boys are working hard and there is plenty of competition. The line averages 155 pounds and the backfield averages 160.
first gate brought $51.40. Guarantee to the visiting game
Gorda) was $40.00.
Gold made five touchdowns against Punta Gorda in 1931
(Pahokee) recovered a Sebring ball in the end zone for
a safety to win the game for Pahokee.
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Ed Thompson Clinton Monts De Ora
Tiffin Doss Tabb
Season game... Pahokee vs. West
Pahokee 7 Punta Gorda 6
19 Eau Galle 6
Pahokee 39 Homestead 0
Pahokee 0 Okeechobee
Pahokee 0 Ft. Pierce 39
total points .... 65
Won 3., lost l tied 1
total points. .51
.... Frank Hobson, Joe Tolle
to games ... Students.20 cents Adults.
players on the 1932 football squad were:
Unwin Carl Thompson
Thompson got off a 85 yard kick in one game.
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Vero 0 Pahokee 0
Avon Park 0
Ft. Pierce 7
Pahokee 6 Lake
Pahokee 0 Sebring 0 Pahokee 0 W Palm Bch 12
7 Punta Gorda 7
Pahokee total points .... 102 Won 4, lost 1, tied 4 Opponents
Squad Shows Prospects
For Best Year Yet
With just three weeks to get in shape for the fall schedule the
Players on squad. Tabb,
Sapp, Unwin, H. Spooner, Sears, and Chalan, Backfield C. Thompson,
Winnie, Tiffin, Denton, M. Parker, E. Thompson, Carlise, Osteen,
Pahokee had a good defensive team, giving up only 26 points in
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Pahokee 12 Coral Gables 6 Pahokee 0 W Palm Bch 13
Pahokee 13 Vero
Pahokee total points ....119
Won 6, lost 2
Opponents total points. .49
Coaches.... Frank Hobson,
On October 18, 1934 the Pahokee High School Athletic Association was
President. . Willard Shackford Secretary.
Manager. . Earl Lindrose
Vice Pres. . Valpeau Denton Treasurer. . Frances
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Bill Hamrick Carl Sapp
R N Upthegrove
Pahokee 14 Alumni 12 Pahokee 26 Ft. Pierce 0
Pahokee 53 Stuart 0 Pahokee 0
Palm Beach 20
Pahokee 20 Ponce de Leon 0
Pahokee 6 Ida Fisher
High, Miami Bch 12
Pahokee 26 Vero Beach 0 Pahokee 38 Okeechobee 0
Pahokee total points .... 251
Won 9, lost 2...78%
total points. .45
.... Frank Hobson
Asst. Coach "Pop" Walker
Pahokee scored 20 points in first half on running plays.
They could not pass due to rain.
The game featured straight power plays and end runs.
Pahokee vs. Vero Beach
In the third quarter Upthegrove made a 40 yard run which broke open
the game between Pahokee and Vero Beach.
Carl Sapp the F. B. bucked over the decisive t.d. and made the
Blue Devils Name Adopted Friday, October
Adopting Blue Devils as the official name for Pahokee High the
student body voted last Friday on the question and laid to rest the
question for this term at least. Popularly known as "Bean
Pickers" among east coast and
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local fans, the
newly designated "Blue Devils"' approve their name as being
more dignified and dashing if less picturesque than the expressive and
unofficial title. Several interesting street arguments ensued following last
Friday's game, local farmers backing the "Bean Pickers" term as being
descriptive of the section's most important farming activity.
Playing before an
estimated crowd of 1000 people, Pahokee smashed Ft. Pierce for the fifth shut-out of the season.
Pahokee has scored 183 points to 0 points against them.
Pahokee vs. Palm
Pahokee playing under
a strain of winning five victories, lost a 20-0 contest to Palm Beach in
a non-conference game. A
series of bad breaks and ill timed moves lost this game for Pahokee.
The game was played at West Palm Beach before 3,500 people.
Post Season Game . . .
Pahokee 6 Ft. Myers 12 Lair
Field Pahokee scored on a sleeper play in first quarter by Ft. Myers,
but Ft. Myers came back
to dominate the game.
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