TAMPA — No Dante Fowler, no problem.
Lakewood may have been without its premier defensive player but the Spartans still had quarterback Tracy Johnson and the rest of their defense. And behind Johnson's three first-half touchdown passes and a stout defense, Lakewood built an early lead and cruised to a 28-0 win at Blake.
The win helps erase the memory of a late-season loss to Blake last year and provides an early jump in the Class 5A, District 8 race. And Lakewood (2-0, 1-0) earned the win with Fowler sitting out because of disciplinary reasons.
Blake (1-1, 0-1) struggled offensively throughout the game.
The Yellow Jackets could put together only 99 yards of offense and were plagued with penalties, racking up 140 yards.
Johnson threw for 196 yards and ran for another 19 while figuring in all of the scoring.
Rod Gipson, Times correspondent