- Faith & Family
The Booker T. Washington Tornados gave Jones High School (Orlando) a lot to think about on their way home after an embarrassing 68-13 defeat last Saturday night at Traz Powell. The game, considered a preview to the Class-4A semifinal game, was more reminiscent of an NFL team’s defeat of an optimist team.
Now more teams are wondering ‘Is Booker T. really that good?’ Well, the Tornados defense held Jones (3-1) to 13 running yards and without the defensive presence of Matthew Thomas and Denver Kirkland. And while Jones fought early to score on a 98-yard kick return and 13-yard pass, it would not be enough to stop Booker T.’s onslaught.
Booker T. is coming off of a huge 40-20 win against Dallas, Texas powerhouse Cedar Hill. Booker T. head coach, Tim “Ice” Harris, Sr. says he wants to give his players exposure to national and local competition.
“It’s great exposure for the players,” he said.
And with the remnants of the Central comeback loss, Harris said the Cedar Hill win refocused his players.
“We learned how to finish,” he said. “We didn’t play the last 24 minutes against Central. We responded in Dallas.”
Booker T.’s domination may be giving other teams exposure to true competition. Their ground game amassed 263 yards against Jones High, including a 23-yard and a 30-yard run by D’Von Ballard, both for touchdowns within the first two and a half minutes of the game. Ballard finished with 137 yards on five carries.
Tornados quarterback, Treon Harris, pushed for a 1-yard touchdown minutes later. Running back, Krondis Larry got in on the action with a 30-yard touchdown run to add to Booker T.’s 34-13 first quarter lead. Harris, finished the quarter with a 45-yard pass completion to Terrawn McPhee for a touchdown. Harris finished with three touchdowns on 11-of-13 passing, amassing 229 yards. Booker T. went into the half up 61-13. Jones remained scoreless for the next two quarters.
“We played on another level tonight,” Tim Harris Jr., Booker T. offensive coordinator, said. “We are proud of how our kids stayed focused.”
Booker T. has accumulated more than 1900 total offensive yards this season allowing its opponents less than 850 yards.
“We wanted to send a message throughout the state that we are an elite team,” Harris, Jr. added.
Booker T. hosts its first district game against Edison at Curtis Park this Thursday at 7 p.m.
By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer