Sunday, June 24, 2018
Sports

Football: Spoto 22, Lennard 6

RIVERVIEW — After being held to 50 total yards in the first half, Spoto controlled the ball in the second half of its home opener to beat Lennard 22-6 and improve to 2-0.

Derrick Curtis scored on runs of 10 and 5 yards in the second half, sandwiched around a 42-yard scoring pass to Kobe Smith from quarterback Jerson Singleton.

Spoto ran 44 plays in the second half compared with 22 for Lennard. The Longhorns had the ball for just 10:04 of the last 30 minutes of the game.

KEY PLAY(S): Lennard led 6-0 and ended Spoto's first second-half possession with an interception in the end zone. However, Spartans senior safety Demetrius Thurman intercepted a pass at Lennard's 24-yard line one play later to give Spoto a short field. It was the first time Spoto started a possession beyond its 40. Five plays later, Spoto got its first points on a 10-yard run by Curtis.

KEY DRIVE: Leading 8-6, Spoto embarked on a game-securing 11-play, 95-yard drive that ate up 5:20 on the clock and culminated in Smith's touchdown catch.

STARS OF THE GAME: Brandon Henry took a handoff from quarterback Justice Martin on a read-option play, shed a tackler as he got around the right end and outran everyone for a 63-yard touchdown run that gave Lennard a 6-0 lead with 3:44 left in the second quarter. He finished with 82 yards on 13 carries. … The Lennard defense held Spoto to 50 first-half yards, including minus-2 yards passing, before tiring. … Spoto junior Kobe Smith followed up his 144-yard effort (12 carries) against Strawberry Crest with 19 yards on 10 carries. Curtis finished with 80 yards on 17 carries, both team bests.

FINAL WORD I: "We didn't really make any adjustments (at halftime). We thought (Lennard) was getting tired, so we wanted to keep doing the same things we had been doing. The kids believed in it. We have done a lot of conditioning, and the kids are fully in shape and were ready to go." David Searfoss, Spoto coach

FINAL WORD II: "We need to get off the field on defense, getting them to punt. One of the things we are struggling with is what I call demeanor. We always feel like every defeat is the biggest defeat. They haven't learned yet that it is just one play and there are more to come." Matt Kitchie, Lennard coach

Comments
A local hockey draftee? Mitchell grad Nathan Smith is just that

A local hockey draftee? Mitchell grad Nathan Smith is just that

TAMPA — Every year during draft season, players from the Tampa Bay area are selected in the NFL, MLB and even NBA drafts.But NHL?Sure enough, in the third round of Saturday's NHL draft, the Jets selected Nathan Smith, a forward who was born in ...
Updated: 10 minutes ago

Sports on TV/radio for Monday, June 25

TODAYBaseballAngels at Royals4 p.m.MLBNationals at Rays7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMDiamondbacks at Marlins7 p.m.FSFYankees at Phillies7 p.m.MLBCubs at Dodgers10 p.m.ESPNCollege baseball, World SeriesBest-of-3 championship, Game 1: Oregon St. vs. Mississippi...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays season turning into good one

Rays season turning into good one

ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays are not the best team in baseball. They are not going to win the World Series this year. Heck, they probably won't even make the playoffs.But I tell you what. This team is a heck of a lot of fun to watch.And ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rodney Pageís takeaways from Sundayís Rays-Yankees game

Rodney Pageís takeaways from Sundayís Rays-Yankees game

The catwalks at Tropicana Field are arguably the worst feature, but they  came in handy for the Rays on Sunday. Yankees pinch-hitter Clint Frazier hit what looked to be a ninth-inning home run that would've given them a one-run lead. Instea...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays beat Yankees in 12 innings on Jake Bauers homer

Rays beat Yankees in 12 innings on Jake Bauers homer

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays first baseman Jake Bauers sat at his locker after Sunday afternoon's 7-6, 12-inning win over the Yankees and thumbed through his text messages. There was no way he could get through them all. That's what happens when ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays journal: Yarbrough comes through, Venters to DL, support for Ramos

Rays journal: Yarbrough comes through, Venters to DL, support for Ramos

ST. PETERSBURG — Ryan Yarbrough was only supposed to throw on Sunday if it was an emergency. In the 12th inning with the score tied 6-6 and a runner on first, there was an emergency.Jonny Venters tweaked his right hamstring trying to cover firs...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays sweep Yankees with Bauers walk-off in 12 innings

Rays sweep Yankees with Bauers walk-off in 12 innings

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9) hit a walkoff homerun during the Tampa Bay Rays game against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on June 24, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 7-6.Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9)...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

ST. PETERSBURG — With all that's been said, tweeted, ranted and written on these pages and elsewhere about the Rays' odd, unorthodox, weird and some days downright wacky pitching plan, this might be the craziest thing yet:It's working.Like, rea...
Published: 06/23/18
Greg Auman answers your questions about NFLís investigation into Jameis Winston

Greg Auman answers your questions about NFLís investigation into Jameis Winston

There are many unanswered questions and discrepancies about the story of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and the March 2016 Uber ride in Arizona that has led to his upcoming three-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.The Bucs won't ...
Published: 06/23/18
Will this be Jameis Winstonís last season in a Bucs uniform?

Will this be Jameis Winstonís last season in a Bucs uniform?

A t his introductory news conference after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Bucs in 2015, Jameis Winston said to judge him on his actions moving forward."Actions speak so much louder than words, or what they may have read or what they may have hear...
Published: 06/23/18