It hardly seemed six months had passed since Miami Booker T. Washington’s last football game.
Most of the same key players who helped it rout state powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles this past December for the Class 4A state championship picked up right where they left off easily overpowering St. Petersburg Lakewood 62-14 in a spring exhibition game Friday at Traz Powell Stadium.
Quarterback Treon Harris, a senior this coming season, was in regular-season form. He threw four touchdown passes and completed five two-point conversion passes while passing for more than 300 yards in the first half.
Harris, The Miami Herald’s Class 5A-Independents Offensive Player of the Year as a junior, played only the first half, as did most of Booker T.’s starters.
The Tornadoes led 54-6 at halftime as some of their key players gained a measure of payback against a Lakewood team that a month ago edged them for the Class 2A state track and field championship by one team point.
“This feels real good because it shows that the things we’ve been working on in the spring has carried over well to the game,” Booker T. coach Tim “Ice” Harris said. “Our training has been on point and we just have to continue to train and work hard in the summer to keep things going.”
Booker T. scored touchdowns on its first five possessions and went 6 for 7 on two-point conversions. Being a spring game, there were no kickoffs or extra-point attempts and only one punt by Lakewood.
Booker T.’s defense was solid, putting consistent pressure on the Lakewood offense. Senior Chad Thomas had a solid game.
A potential breakout star on the defensive side this coming season could be senior-to-be Demetrius Jackson, a standout forward on the Tornadoes basketball team, who will play football for the first time at the varsity level this fall. Jackson broke up a pass, recovered a fumble and pressured the quarterback into incomplete passes on third downs twice in the first half.
Deangelo Passmore, another incoming senior defensive back, had an interception that set up a touchdown.
“Big plays from guys like Passmore were huge and that shows us that we can have depth at those defensive positions,” Harris said.
Deltron Hopkins caught the two longest of Treon Harris’ touchdown passes. The first went for 68 yards on a perfectly timed pass down the middle of the field for the Tornadoes’ second score of the game.
With eight minutes left in the second quarter, Hopkins hauled in another pass from Harris and burst through the Lakewood secondary for a 65-yard score to give Booker T. a 46-6 lead.
Harris also connected with Lamar Parker on a touchdown and a pair of two-pointers. He also threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Shaquille Green.
Running back Krondis Larry ran for two touchdowns as well.
Booker T. played several freshmen and sophomores in the second half even though its efficiency did not suffer much.
Sophomore Trawone Johnson scored on a 1-yard touchdown and junior wide receiver Vaquan Smalls caught a two-point pass from backup quarterback Jaime Taylor.
Coral Park’s Janice Morales, a three-sport athlete and Miami Herald Badminton Player of the Year, has signed to play volleyball at Point University in West Point, Ga.