ST. PETERSBURG — Gibbs running back Tayveon Landsm is just looking for a little respect. With numerous other skill position players on his team, the 5-foot-8, 140-pound junior sometimes gets lost in the shuffle.
In fact, his name has been misspelled on numerous rosters and programs. But if Landsm continues to have games like Friday night’s against Dixie Hollins, opponents will learn his name.
Landsm gained 164 yards on 12 carries and scored three touchdowns to help lead the Gladiators to a surprisingly easy 54-19 win over the Rebels. Quarterback Brevet Killett chipped in with 212 yards passing and three touchdowns, and running backs Donald Davis and Maurice Hall had touchdown runs of 59 and 60 yards respectively.
“(Landsm’s) been coming on the last couple of games,” Gibbs coach Rick Kravitz said. “He broke a couple last week against Tarpon and a week before that against Clearwater. He’s just now coming into his own.”
Gibbs (2-5) wasted no time taking control of this game. On its first play from scrimmage, Landsm scooted 67 yards up the middle for a quick 6-0 lead. That was followed by the 59-yard run by Davis on the next possession.
Then came a 54-yard run by Landsm late in the first quarter after a Dixie Hollins fumble to make it 20-0. And for good measure, Killett hit Davis for a 41-yard touchdown pass early in the second to make it 26-0.
The Rebels (2-4) showed some life in the second when quarterback Tyrie Adams hit Devontae Harrington on a 61-yard pass to put the ball at the Gibbs’ 4-yard line. Adams then hit Harrington for the Rebels’ first score.
But any thoughts of a comeback were dashed when Killett hit Davis again, this time for 8 yards. And on the last play of the first half, Killett threw a 64-yard bomb to Jacquez President to make it 40-7.
“We finally had a good complete week of practice,” Kravitz said. “After we lost to Tarpon, the kids were determined to work hard. It paid dividends.”
Gibbs continued to pour it on in the second half. There was a 35-yard run by Landsm and the 60-yarder by Hall. Most of the fourth quarter was played with a running clock.
Gibbs rushed for 307 yards and had 519 total yards. Its defense held Dixie Hollins to minus-11 yards rushing, although Adams threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns.
The Rebels did not have an answer for Gibbs’ running game, especially Landsm.
“The offensive line was blocking all night,” Landsm said. “The holes were there. I think it’s the best game I’ve played.”
Kravitz said this is the first game his team has played with an entirely healthy offensive line. That could mean trouble for the opponents left on their schedule.
“We’ve got runners, and if we get a crack they get out there,” Kravitz said. “There’s three or four where if they get through, they are gone. Nobody is going to catch them.”