There was a game inside the game when Dixie Hollins downed Clearwater 30-19 Friday night. The Rebels won both.
The Tornadoes just couldn't keep up with the Lumpkin brothers. It was Deonte's goal to even the score with his younger brother, Antwon, and he did _ both recorded touchdowns for the first time together in a football game.
"Me and my brother, we take turns," said Deonte, the senior. "I say, look here, whatever coach calls for Antwon, he'll have to call the opposite for me and I'll get the touchdown next. Like if he calls a long pass for Antwon, it'll be a short pass for me."
To open the scoring in the first half, Antwon caught a 35-yarder in the end zone, lofted perfectly from quarterback Jason Macon. To open the scoring in the second half, Deonte received a 5-yard pass from Macon, also in the end zone.
"It's just the Lumpkin Combination," said Antwon with a grin.
The duo didn't perform in the beginning of the season since Deonte was academically ineligible until the sixth game. Now, that he's back, Antwon pushes him every step.
"I'm a senior and my brother's just a junior. So I've got to do well," Deonte said.
Their fire fuels the rest of the Rebels. "They compete in practice," senior Adul Yates said. "They do crazy stuff. You know, it's brotherly love."
As Dixie Hollins moves closer to the playoffs _ needing just a victory over winless Pinellas Park next week to clinch its third district crown _ every combination will help.
Friday night's win over Clearwater displayed the Rebels' versatility. Yates, a star defensive back, also turned a pass into a 65-yard touchdown. Junior Juice Williams _ the team's leading rusher _ also recorded two sacks for his seventh and eighth of the season. His speed is key in getting to the opponent's quarterback.
Joe Pierce finished with 70 yards rushing, but bested that on defense when he returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown.
"That's what you have to do," said Dixie Hollins' coach Mark Wiszowaty, referring to the big performances by the same players on both sides of the ball. "We're just taking care of business on the way to the district championship."