ST. PETERSBURG — After halftime of Lakewood’s dismantling of Hudson, do-everything Spartans player Jocqui Ellison limped toward the field on crutches, his right ankle heavily taped.
A sprained ankle to a key player was about the only thing that went wrong for the Spartans, however, in their Class 5A region quarterfinal victory.
Lakewood junior quarterback Ryan Davis threw for three touchdowns, Donterio Fowler rushed for three and the Spartans scored on ten of their 13 possessions to advance to play Tarpon Springs in the next round.
“We’re clicking,” Lakewood coach Cory Moore said. “…We’re playing really, really physical on both sides of the football.”
Lakewood (8-3) scored on its first two drives to go up 14-0 and put Hudson (6-5) on its heels from the start.
The only bit of drama for Lakewood came late in the first quarter when Hudson running back Noah Siegrist (24 carries, 103 yards, 2 TDs) cut the lead in half with a 28-yard scoring run. The Cobras had a chance to tie the game on their next drive after getting their first stop on defense but couldn’t move the ball.
Lakewood took advantage, scoring on a three-play, 60-yard drive with Fowler running 4 yards to the end zone to increase the Spartans’ lead to 21-7. Tyriek Hopkins added a 9-yard TD run four minutes before halftime, and Fowler made it 35-7 at the break with a 15-yard scoring run in the final minute.
“The offense did good, the defense did great,” said Fowler, who sprained his left knee on a first-quarter kickoff return but stayed in through halftime.
Lakewood put the game away for good early in the third with two touchdowns within the first three minutes. Romello Presely scored on a 23-yard carry on Lakewood’s opening drive of the second half, and Ryan Davis hit Adrian Davis on a 28-yard touchdown pass for a 49-7 advantage.
Ryan Davis (13-of-16, 247 yards) completed his third touchdown pass of the game later in the third, throwing to Darquez Watson from 35 yards out.
“Lakewood’s a good football team. They’re very athletic,” Hudson coach Mark Kantor said. “We played them for the first quarter or so, and then their athletes just took over.”
Moore said he expects both Ellison and Fowler to be available for next week’s game.