Booker T. Washington embarrasses Lakewood, 62-14

caines | 6/6/2013, 5:30 a.m.

The strength of a tornado typically dissipates shortly after its onset, but when it comes to the brute force of the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes there are no signs of assuaging. With an embarrassing demolition of the visiting Lakewood High School (St. Petersburg) 62-14 in last Friday nights spring game at Traz Powell, the F-5 destruction looks like it will continue into the upcoming season. Booker T. who only suffered one loss last season to 6A state champions Miami Central, were merciless to the Spartans early on with a 54-6 score going into the half.The Tornadoes, who averaged 50 points per game last season, have set the bar higher and Friday night proved that they are serious. Were after that national championship, said Tim Harris Jr., Booker T. offensive coordinator. The kids motivation to get better has been the best part. Harris commended the work ethic of the team, who he said may use last years success as a source of confidence, but not as a deterrent to their diligence. Its easy for kids to think theyve done enough after winning a championship, but fortunately they do not, Harris said. While the loss of big time players, like Matthew Thomas, a Florida State commit, would typically hinder the team, Head Coach Tim Ice Harris said his seniors have stepped up. They have shown remarkable ability to lead and there are signs of maturity from all of them, Harris said. The greatest thing [the coaches and I] have seen is their whole development throughout this process. Seniors like quarterback Treon Harris and receiver Deltron Hopkins displayed remarkable chemistry last Friday, with Harris throwing two touchdown passes (80 yards and 70 yards) to Hopkins. Runningback and Hopkinss fellow championship 100-meter relay member, Krondis Larry also added two touchdowns. Defensively, Booker T. will look to senior defensive lineman, Chad Thomas, for leadership. Thomas, according to maxpreps.com earned 54 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season. Theyve transitioned well, said Harris. Were working on finishing everything you do and playing every down. By Akilah Lasterakilahlaster@gmail.com