With all of the points Booker T. Washington has been scoring lately, its defense wanted to show it is on par with its high-powered offense.
Shutting down one of the best quarterbacks in Miami-Dade County is a good way to make a statement.
Booker T. sacked talented Jackson senior Quinton Flowers three times and limited him to 35 yards and an interception on 4-of-18 passing, as it dominated the Generals 39-0 on Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium.
The Tornadoes (5-1), ranked second in The Miami Herald’s South Florida poll, forced Flowers out of the pocket on most plays and prevented him from giving No. 15 Jackson (5-2) a true chance to compete, as Booker T. scored 25 points in the first half to take control.
Booker T. remained perfect all-time against its neighborhood and former district rival, as both teams prepare for upcoming district games.
“Our defensive coordinator, coach Sheldon Hanks, did a great job having our kids show [Flowers] plenty of different looks,” Booker T. coach Tim “Ice” Harris said. “We did a great job controlling him and not letting him make plays.”
Flowers completed only two of his first 15 attempts and finished with 65 yards rushing on 13 carries, but several of those yards came on broken plays when he used his mobility to avoid big losses. Michael Johnson came up with the interception in the first half.
Laqwan Scott, Chad Thomas and Moses Dany each tracked down the elusive Flowers for sacks.
On offense, Booker T. delivered another potent performance.
Quarterback Treon Harris led the Tornadoes, who came in averaging 53.7 points per game over their past three games.
Harris completed 12 of 16 passes for 180 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes. He also ran for a touchdown.
Nicholas Norris hauled in three passes for 59 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown catch right before halftime.
Booker T. finished with 331 total yards, including 151 rushing yards, led by Krondis Larry’s 72 yards on seven carries. Larry also caught a short pass from Harris and turned it into a 20-yard touchdown.
The Tornadoes were even better than Jackson on special teams.
Lamar Parker had one of the top highlights when he fielded a punt and worked his way down the field for a 90-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
“It’s huge to win this rivalry game because of the kids and the situation where they know each other in youth leagues,” Harris said. “Those guys at Jackson are on the right track and doing a good job over there. But we wanted to make sure we showed we are still the big dogs [in this series] and that it will still take some time for them to catch up to us.”
• Lakeland 21, Hialeah 14: For the second year in a row, Hialeah took a lead into the fourth quarter against Lakeland, and for the second year in a row, the Thoroughbreds couldn’t hold on to it.
Lakeland, 7-0 and ranked fourth in Class 7A, scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. Last year, the Thoroughbreds took a 10-7 lead into the fourth quarter against Lakeland before losing 16-10.
Friday’s loss for Hialeah (3-3) was its third in a row, although coach Marc Berman was a little happier than he was last week when the Thoroughbreds lost to North Miami 21-2.
“We bounced back after last week when we didn’t even show up against a team we should’ve beat,” Berman said.
“Hopefully, this will give us some confidence for next week’s district game [against North Miami Beach], which is a must-win for us.”
Hialeah led 14-7 at the half on touchdown passes of 15 and 62 yards from Alin Edouard to George Williams.