LAKELAND — Lakeland Christian attacked early and often and its domination of the first 15 minutes was so complete, it made the final 65 minutes of the game basically irrelevant.
The Vikings scored four goals in those early minutes, including two by Michael Emert, to defeat Seffner Christian 5-0 Friday night in the championship game of the Class 2A, District 8 Tournament.
LCS reclaimed the district title, its fifth since moving to the winter, after losing in the final last year to Fort Meade.
The Vikings' victory over the Crusaders was nearly a complete domination in a game much different than the two regular-season affairs that LCS won 1-0, and 4-2. The strong start was no coincidence.
"We worked on that," LCS coach Grandy Streets said. "I wanted to come after them as hard as we could, and we caught them flat."
Emert notched his first goal after corralling a long pass from Corey Smith.
And the onslaught was on.
After Emert's centering pass just missed converting with Smith, Emert hooked up with Jake Maloney, who scored his in the eighth minute.