Scores: Tampa Bay Tech 26, Wharton 0
King 12, Freedom 6
Spring game-breakers: Tampa Bay Tech’s all-Deon backfield is going to be a handful — a couple handfuls, actually — in the fall. Thompson, the rising senior running back, started off the game with a 66-yard touchdown run and didn’t slow down from there. He finished with 125 yards and two scores on nine carries. Meanwhile, rising junior quarterback Deon Cain threw for 112 yards and rushed for 52 more and two touchdowns, providing a dynamic run-pass threat for the Titans. If they keep up this kind of play, they’re going to need a catchy nickname and mail carrier with a sturdy back for all their recruiting materials. … On defense, TBT rising senior defensive end Micah Tucker spent most of the evening harassing Wharton quarterback Chase Litton. Tucker kept up relentless pressure on Litton, tallying a couple of sacks and countless hurries. By the end of the game, Wharton was keeping in a running back to help block him — to little effect. … Another defensive end was nearly, if not more so, disruptive than Tucker: Wharton rising senior Antonio Joseph. He was a one-man wrecking crew, using his 6-foot-4 frame to knock down passes and obstruct passing lanes. “Antonio is the real deal,” Wharton coach David Mitchell said. “He just needs a little more help.” … After spending much of the night softening up Freedom’s defense with bruising runs, King hit a big play late in the second quarter that finally broke open the game. Darian Wright connected with Dyani Graham for a 53-yard pass with 5:50 left to give the Lions a 12-0 lead. That proved too much of a deficit for the Patriots, even after Andre Folkes took a short pass and sped down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown with 2:29 left.
Did you know? High school kicking games are almost always a work in progress at this time of year, to be charitable. But in the two games, all five kick attempts failed badly. None made it over the offensive line.
Audible 1: “I almost hope he doesn’t get any offers until the end of the fall, if he’s going to run this angry. He’s running like he’s got something to prove.” — TBT coach Jayson Roberts of Thompson, who should be getting his first scholarship offer in the coming months
Audible 2: “We came out of the spring with 45 guys but played about 32 players tonight. They play both ways, they work hard, they’re a great football team … they’re warriors." — King coach Alvin Davis