LARGO — After his 235 yards and three touchdowns powered Largo’s 23-7 win over East Lake on Friday, sophomore running back Jarvis Stewart praised his offensive linemen.
The recognition was noteworthy because two weeks ago in a loss to Countryside, the Packers’ offensive and defensive lines were manhandled. Friday, Largo’s linemen redeemed themselves. And Stewart was the beneficiary.
“Every hole I saw opened up wide,” he said. “(The offensive line) did their thing. They blocked how they were supposed to.”
Stewart gained 56 yards in the first quarter then took his first handoff of the second 80 yards into the end zone. He squirted free along the right sideline and outraced the defense.
Largo’s Morgan Sever made a 40-yard field goal with 2:48 left in the second quarter. And the Packers capitalized on a gamble at the end of the half to go up 17-0 at the break.
With 11 seconds left, quarterback Juwan Brown ran a draw to the 2. Rather than kick a field goal, Largo went for the touchdown. Stewart took a snap in the wildcat and ran in virtually untouched on the right edge.
Largo made it 23-0 with 1:11 to go in the third. After stopping East Lake on downs at the Eagles 24, Stewart raced off tackle for his third score.
“This is the best game I’ve played since I got to Largo High,” Stewart said.
East Lake, held to 61 rushing yards, scored its only touchdown when Pete DiNovo hit Artavis Scott for a 35-yard catch-and-run to end the third.