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The Booker T. Washington Tornados blew by neighborhood rival Jackson Generals 39-0, delivering the Generals their first shutout of the season.
Prompted by its defense, Booker T. (5-1) stifled the play of former district rival Jackson (5-2) and its premiere quarterback, Quinton “Winkie” Flowers, and held him to 3 of 17 passing for 37 yards, including an interception.
Flowers was also sacked three times by Booker T.’s Chad Thomas, Laqwan Scott, and Moses Dany.
“Coach [Sheldon] Hanks did a good job giving different showings and looks that delayed the game [of Flowers],” said Tim “Ice” Harris, Booker T. head coach. “[Flowers] took off [running] more than he wanted to.”
Hanks, the Tornado’s defensive coordinator, said that he encouraged players, who limited the Generals to 36 rushing yards in the first half, to get better.
“It was more of let’s work on our mistakes,” Hanks said. “We’re trying to get ready for the playoffs.”
The Generals, who fumbled on three separate occasions, earned almost as many penalty yards as rushing yards. Though Booker T. got the “W” Harris said that the win was bittersweet.
“I like the 39 and I like the zero,” Harris said, “But we gave up too many yards and our execution was not where it should be.” Despite Harris’s critique, Booker T finished with 310 total yards, including 180 passing yards by junior quarterback Treon Harris who connected for two touchdown passes –11 yards to senior receiver Nicholas Norris and 20 yards to junior running back Krondis Larry. Krondis finished with 72 rushing yards on 7 carries. Harris added his own 5-yard touchdown run as well.
Tornados’ senior running back D’Von Ballard, added two touchdowns to the score, but it was junior receiver, Lamar Parker, with a 90-yard punt return to the end zone that jolted Booker T. forward.
“We are the big dogs,” Coach Harris said. “It’s going to take a long time to beat us.”
Harris commended the Jackson coaching staff for their success so far this season.
“Coach [Antonio] Brown and his staff are on the right track,” Harris said. “I really like what he’s doing over there and he’s bringing the right guys in.”
While the game may have given Booker T. bragging rights, it has no impact on either teams district standing, something that both Harris and Jackson head coach, Antonio “DeLa” Brown were aware.
“It was a good opportunity for Dade County to see two top quarterbacks who challenge each other,” Brown said. “But we have bigger fish to fry next week.”
Booker T. plays its second district game next Friday against Doral Academy (2-5 ) at Curtis Park at 7:30p.m. The Generals have an opportunity to place first in District 16-5A if they defeat Norland (5-2) Friday at 7:30p.m. at Traz Powell.
By Akilah Laster