RUSKIN — Spoto rolled over 5A-8 district foe Lennard 44-2 Friday behind a dominating defensive performance. Coach Dale Caparaso turned over defensive play-calling duties to assistant Lawrence Walker and the Spartans responded by holding the Longhorns to 73 total yards.
Spoto (4-4, 4-3) used three first-half return touchdowns, including two punt returns by Geronimo Allison, to take a 24-2 lead at halftime. The Spartans have never lost to Lennard (1-8, 1-6).
Spoto junior Eric Moate scored twice in the third quarter, the second a 75-yard burst, and finished with 117 yards rushing. Spoto scored offensive touchdowns on four of only eight possessions.
Spoto linebacker Camarcus Thomas scored on a 19-yard interception return and added one of the defense's six sacks.
"He's been ready," Caparaso said of Walker. "He's getting there and it was now time to give him a shot. I thought our kids responded well to him and I thought he responded well to the tendencies (Lennard) had."
Mark Chisholm, Times correspondent