At Tarpon Springs
Lakeland 54, Tarpon Springs 13
Spring game-breakers: Spongers running back Darius Daniels was the workhorse on offense, rushing for 103 yards on 19 carries and catching five passes for 48 yards. Daniels, the team's top returning rusher, figures to have a more prominent role on offense with the departure of Adrian Golden and Ladarius Only, both seniors. On Friday, Daniels touched the ball on 25 of Tarpon Springs' 53 plays from scrimmage. He didn't get in the end zone, but his running helped set up all three scores. … Michael Hill, one of the most accurate kickers in the county, hit field goals from 25 and 40 yards in the first half. … Louis Pappas and Wyatt Wikle both played quarterback. Pappas played nearly three quarters and was 8-for-16 for 96 yards. Wikle was 2-for-11 for 96 yards. … Lakeland running back Javares McRoy, a speedster who has already committed to Texas Tech, was the star of the game, rushing for 285 yards on nine carries and scoring three touchdowns.
Did you know? This was Tarpon Springs coach Atif Austin's official homecoming. Austin, a former star at the school, returned to his alma mater this offseason to take over the Spongers from George Kotis, who resigned. … The game was tied 13-13 in the second quarter before the Dreadnaughts scored two quick touchdowns to go up 27-13 at the half. … The Spongers had trouble stopping Lakeland's rushing attack, which piled up 432 yards. … A running clock was used for the last six minutes of the game.
Audible: "We played well in the first quarter. Then (McRoy) started to put some points on the board, and we ran into some adversity. We had some guys who started putting their heads down." — Austin
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer