Football: Tampa Bay Tech 54, Strawberry Crest 0
DOVER – Tampa Bay Tech (3-1, 2-0) was dominant on both sides of the ball in a 54-0 shutout over Class 7A, District 9 foe Strawberry Crest (1-4, 0-3). Senior quarterback Michael Penix Jr. remained hot, throwing three touchdowns, giving him a total of eight in the past two games. The Tech defense allowed minus-6 net rushing yards and just two completed passes.
Key plays: The Titans controlled the game from start to finish with Penix connecting with Evan Lewis from 8 yards out on the opening drive for a 6-0 lead. Senior Darren Turner intercepted Strawberry Crest quarterback Jarrett Rappe on the second play of the next drive and returned the ball to the Charger 7-yard line. Penix kept it around end for a score on the following play to put Tech up 13-0. A Penix to Malik Young connection followed by a Treshaun Ward 1-yard plunge put the Titans up 26-0 after one quarter.
Key drives: It was more of the same in the second quarter, with Penix connecting with Levi Jackson from 17 yards out and Jaquavious Johnson scoring the first of two touchdowns on the ground to put Tech up 40-0 at the half. The second half was played with a running clock.
Stars of the game: Penix was efficient, going 10-of-13 for 199 yards and three touchdowns, and also adding a score on the ground. On defense, the Titans racked up five sacks. Joe Lewis led the charge with two of the five with Darius Richardson, Garly Ambrose and Damaion Bartley also chipping in. ... For Strawberry Crest, Jamar Hurt hauled in a 60-yard catch.
Key stats: The Titan ground game was strong, racking up 194 yards on just 19 carries, an average of 10.2 yards per carry. ... Strawberry Crest was held to 57 net yards. ... Tech has outscored its past two opponents 111-3
Final word: "It puts us in a tough spot not being able to put our game plan in, but the most important thing is getting out kids the proper rest. It sets us back on how we would normally prepare, but this game is 80 percent mental so we will be ready for East Bay" – Tampa Bay Tech coach Jayson Roberts on the short turnaround between games this fall due to weather postponements earlier this season