Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Football: Lakewood 51, Dunedin 6

DUNEDIN — Lakewood surrendered its first points of the season Friday after shutting out two opponents to start the year.

A much-too-little-too-late third-quarter touchdown run for Dunedin was about the only thing that went wrong for the Spartans. Lakewood scored touchdowns on four of its first six drives and held Dunedin to 33 yards before halftime in a 51-6 rout.

"We work hard," Spartans defensive end Tyric Drummond said. "We earn it, day in and day out, week in and week out."

Drummond worked especially hard, spearheading Lakewood's defensive effort. The Spartans senior recovered two fumbles and returned one 23 yards for a touchdown after wrestling the ball from Dunedin's Nate James in the third quarter and running into the end zone to put Lakewood up 45-0.

"That felt really good," Drummond said. "It's not many times a defensive end gets to score a touchdown, but I liked it."

Shaquill Griffin also scored defensively for Lakewood, intercepting quarterback Mack Benson on the Falcons' first drive after halftime and racing 30 yards.

"Everybody's flying to the ball," Griffin said. "Our goal is to have 11 hats every time on the ball."

Lakewood (3-0, 2-0 5A-8) employed a ferocious ground attack to bury the Falcons (1-3, 1-2) in the first half. After going three and out on their first drive, the Spartans drove 58 yards in seven plays and scored first on Zamarie Johnson's 38-yard burst off the left side on fourth and 3.

"He's one of our best backs," Griffin said. "Nobody knows about him, but he's coming up."

Laterian Latimer (13 carries, 157 yards, three TDs) ran in from the 2 to give the Spartans a 12-0 lead at the close of the first quarter. He added a 21-yard touchdown run on the Spartans' next drive.

Lakewood quarterback Tracy Johnson found Darquez Watson wide open in the middle of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown strike for a 24-0 advantage going into halftime.

After the break, Rodney Adams weaved his way for a 46-yard touchdown run, and Latimer added a 71-yard sprint for the Spartans' fifth rushing touchdown.

Lakewood gained 346 yards on 36 carries against the Falcons.

"Our running backs are working hard this year," Griffin said. "It's going to be a big difference in our offensive production."

Dunedin's lone highlight came with 32 seconds left in the third when Stancio Howard ran 12 yards for the Falcons' only score.

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.

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