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Spring football: Lakewood 14, Ocala Vanguard 6 (all-varsity half)

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Lakewood 14, Vanguard 6 (all-varsity half)

Spring game-breakers: Lakewood rising senior quarterback Ryan Davis was 11-of-16 for 97 yards and a touchdown. …After a scoreless first quarter of the second half, the Spartans drove down to the Vanguard 3 from their own 42 when Davis lost the ball on a botched snap. The Lakewood defense atoned for the mistake when defensive lineman Tyrik Robinson came up with a big hit that jarred the ball loose, as Stevie Richardson recovered at the Knights' 2. The Spartans' Tyriek Hopkins scored on a 2-yard touchdown to make it 6-0. The two-point conversion failed. …Robinson came up with a fumble recovery on the next Vanguard drive to set the Spartans up at the Knights 21. …Davis increased the Lakewood lead to 12-0 when he connected with Adrian Adams on a tight spiral pass off play action. Running back Romello Presely scored on a tough run on the two-point conversion to make it 14-0. …Spartan defensive lineman Jordan Edwards had two big sacks. …Vanguard didn't score until the last play of the game when N'Kosi Perry hit Eddie Jackson for a 16-yard touchdown pass.

Did you know? The first-half action was against the Knights' JV squad. Davis connected on a 25-yard touchdown to Sekendric Biddines and also ran for a 7-yard touchdown. Tyrell Hubbard-Smith caught the two-point pass in a 14-3 Spartans' victory. …Lakewood has six players with a grade-point average greater than 4.0. …The game was delayed 45 minutes due to lightning.

Audible 1: "During my tenure, we have never won a spring game, and that shows a lot about what the guys have been doing in the offseason. …I'm really excited to coach this program." — Lakewood coach Cory Moore

Audible 2: "We've got a full head of steam going into next season. …I feel really confident getting faster and stronger and building chemistry with my teammates." — Davis

Joseph Kornecki III, Times correspondent

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