TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech was dominant on both sides of the ball in a 56-3 blowout of district foe Lennard (0-4, 0-2) Thursday. The Titans (2-1,1-0) were led on offense by Tennessee commit Michael Penix Jr. The lefty quarterback was 12-of-20 for 204 yards and five touchdowns, four of those in the first half.
Key plays: Tech set the tone on the first drive when Penix hit senior Levi Jackson over the middle for a 29-yard touchdown. After forcing a Lennard punt, Penix connected with freshman speedster Myron Scott for a 67-yard touchdown to give the Titans a 13-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.
Key drives: Tech scored on each of their next two drives, with Penix connecting with junior Justin Mazariegos from 14 yards and Scott for the second time, this one from 17 yards to put the Titans up 27-0. Plant City transfer Treshaun Ward added a 6-yard touchdown scamper late in the second quarter before the teams exchange field goals to give the Titans a 36-3 lead at the half.
Stars of the game: The Tech defense was as dominant is the offense, holding Lennard to 88 yards rushing on 30 carries and just 20 yards passing. The Titans forced three turnovers, including two fumbles and an interception by senior corner Dana Belser. Oregon commit Jonathan King chipped in with a sack. For Lennard, Caleb Brate hit a 48 yard field goal.
Stats of the game: The Titan offense was balanced, gaining 243 yards on just 25 carries, an average of 9.7 yards per carry. The team was lead by Ward (nine carries, 75 yards) and Jaquavious Johnson (seven carries, 69 yards)
Final word: "We came out a little sluggish in the pre game. Some of my coaches gave them an earful. It kind of got them in the right frame of mind and we came out and took care of business" — Tampa Bay Tech coach Jayson Roberts