Lakeland 50, Lakewood 14
Spring game-breakers: The spring game was supposed to feature Lakewood’s Dante Fowler, one of the top defensive end prospects in the country. But the Florida State commitment wasn’t heard much from on defense, then hurt his shoulder running the ball on offense. On a run for no gain with 7:09 left in the first half, Fowler put his head and shoulder down in a collision with a Lakeland linebacker and came up rubbing his shoulder. He did not return and was taken to the hospital at halftime for an X-ray. …The Spartans only trailed 22-14 when Fowler got hurt, thanks to an impressive offensive debut for quarterback Tracy Johnson, who completed his first two passes for 35 yards, then hooked up for touchdowns of 42 yards to Shaquill Griffin and 43 yards to Marques Valdez. He finished 7-of-14 for 145 yards. …Javaris Little had a nice game, catching three passes, subbing in at quarterback when Johnson got hurt, and he almost fumbled a kickoff into the end zone and returned it for a score, but barely stepped out of bounds at the 42. …Lakeland ran for 221 yards and passed for 143 in about two and a half quarters with its varsity. …The Dreadnaughts returned a fumble for a score, and also recovered an onside kick.
Did you know? Lakewood gave up 50 points twice last year, to Countryside and Jefferson in back-to-back weeks. To do so again in a spring game, and in only 2.5 quarters, is not good news for a Spartan team looking to make a jump next year.
Audible 1: “It’s my shoulder. Something’s wrong with it.” — Fowler, as he sat on the bench next to his father. The diagnosis: a shoulder separation, which is usually a minor injury
Audible 2: “Everything changed there after the first quarter. We lost our quarterback, and Dante went down. …everything changed.” — Lakewood coach Cory Moore, on the injury to Fowler and Johnson, who was knocked out with four minutes left in the first half and still limping after the game with an ice bag wrapped around his left knee