Booker T. Washington secured the consensus No. 1 national ranking this week following its win over Central.
The Tornadoes began what they hope is a three-month march to a national championship Wednesday night with another demonstration of why they hold such lofty status.
Senior quarterback Treon Harris completed 14 of 18 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns and Booker T.’s defense recorded its second shutout of the season in a 45-0 rout of Carol City at Traz Powell Stadium.
“We feel good about this game, but as coaches we look at the detail of the work,” Booker T. coach Tim “Ice” Harris said. “It was a short week for us, but when it came time to play, we were ready.”
The Tornadoes (3-0) won their 15th consecutive game dating back to last season thanks largely to a defense that yielded only 88 total yards and four first downs.
Booker T.’s defense frustrated Carol City quarterback Trayone Gray, keeping him on the run most of the game and limiting him to 2 of 8 for only seven yards.
Harris encountered some pressure from Carol City (1-2) at times, but used his mobility to evade the rush and often find open receivers.
One such play on Booker T.’s first drive led to a 52-yard completion to Lamar Parker, which set up a quick 1-yard toss to Krondis Larry for a touchdown.
Harris found Parker for another touchdown on the next drive and later added a two-point conversion to Shaquille Green to give Booker T. a 14-0 lead. Parker finished with four catches for 90 yards.
Booker T. was able to put in several reserves in the second half following Mark Walton’s 1-yard touchdown, which gave the Tornadoes a 38-0 lead and forced a running clock midway through the third quarter.
Walton, one of the top sophomores in the state, continues to provide depth in the backfield, running for 54 yards on five carries late in the game. Junior backup quarterback Jaime Taylor also entered the game in the fourth quarter and passed for 66 yards. Senior running back Rashard Frye had a touchdown.
Booker T. faces longtime rival Jackson next Thursday and has a district game against Monsignor Pace before traveling to Las Vegas to face Bishop Gorman on Oct. 4.
“I like when we can get the young guys in and we feel good about getting a few of our backups like Mark and our backup [quarterback] Jaime Taylor in there,” Harris said. “We like our second group and they were able to come in and continue to make big plays.”