at St. Petersburg
Jesuit 55, Dixie Hollins 19
Spring game-breakers: Running back Kevin Newman was the story of the first half for Jesuit. The 6-foot-1 junior rushed for 121 yards and four touchdowns before the break to give Jesuit its huge lead. Newman, who said he's put on 10 pounds in the weight room during the offseason, scored touchdowns on 65-, 30- and 4-yard runs in the first quarter, then again on a 2-yard run in the second. …Jesuit quarterback Trent Wessel was 12-of-16 passing for 192 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters of play, connecting with fullback Gage Holt for 113 yards through the air. …Dixie Hollins quarterback Tyrie Adams, who threw for nearly 2,500 yards last season, was 12-of-25 passing for 158 yards and three touchdowns. …All three of the Rebels' touchdowns were passes from Adams to junior wide receiver Davontae Harrington, who finished with 98 yards receiving in addition to his three scores. Dixie Hollins coach Shannon Brooks said he expects Harrington to have more catches this fall than the 46 he had in 2013. …Jesuit accrued 14 penalties for more than 100 yards, while Dixie Hollins had just five.
Did you know? Junior Gage Holt was just a backup fullback for last year's Tigers squad that finished 8-4, but he has made a name for himself in the spring. The 5-foot-10 player coach Matt Thompson refers to as a "hybrid guy" led the Tigers in receiving against the Rebels and had 10 yards on the ground. "He's always had good hands," Thompson said, "but he's getting his chances and he's stepping up."
Audible 1: "Tyrie is a good football player. He's going to make plays. Anything we do on offense is going to be because of him." — Brooks
Audible 2: "They're ahead of the game. Obviously the score dictates that. They made it a mission of theirs to do whatever it took to be the best offensive line in the county. They work out at six in the morning, they work out after school. …That's our heart right there." — Thompson about his offensive line that returns four of five starters
Kelly Parsons, Times staff writer