LAND O’LAKES — It was near the end of halftime Friday night when the voice of Sunlake junior running back Nathan Johnson rang out on the sideline.
“Y’all better get ready for a show, man,” he shouted to his teammates. “Get ready for a show.”
After sleepwalking through the first half against Wesley Chapel (0-6), the host Seahawks shook off their sluggish start and cruised to a 30-0 win thanks in part to Johnson’s two second-half TDs.
“We started off slow tonight and we went to the locker room and knew we were better than that,” said Johnson, who finished with 152 rushing yards on 26 carries.
Sunlake had little answer for the Wildcats’ defense the first two quarters. Still, the Seahawks (6-1) took a 3-0 lead at the break when a fumble recovery by Logan Wolfe set up a 38-yard field goal from Chris Wilkinson.
Things began to turn in the third quarter. After the defense forced a safety, Sunlake drove down the field on its ensuing drive for a 6-yard touchdown by Johnson.
The Seahawks added three more scores in the fourth quarter from Johnson, Wesley Stewart and Zach Faulkner on a 5-yard pass from Esteban LeWallen to seal it.
Sunlake’s attention now turns to next week’s meeting with Class 6A, District 6 rival Land O’Lakes .
“We’ve got to come out and be determined,” Johnson said. “Let the best man win.”