Red Devils Erupt, With 3 TDs for Johnson
Sat. September 01, 2012 at 12:45 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
KATHLEEN'S A'TREYU FARRIORtries to get past a Lake Region defender during their game on Friday night. (Photo by GEORGE AYCRIGG | SPECIAL TO THE LEDGER )
By MIKE FERGUSON
LAKELAND | Kathleen's Rovonta Johnson rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns on Friday night at Johnny Johnson Field as the Red Devils blanked Lake Region 52-0 in prep football.
Kathleen was fueled by a 36-point second quarter that helped the Red Devils build a 38-0 halftime lead. The Kathleen defense and special teams accounted for four scores in the first half with two defensive touchdowns and a pair of safeties.
"I told the guys coming into the season that defense was going to be the strength of our team," said Kathleen head coach Irving Strickland. "Our whole focus this week on defense was get to the football and attack it."
Johnson put an exclamation point on his night as he opened the second half with an 80-yard touchdown run on the very first play. Kathleen tallied 301 yards on the ground on just 20 carries. Running back Anthony Ware rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown while quarterback A'Treyu Farrior added 53 yards and a score. The Thunder were held to 121 yards of offense while committing three turnovers and seven penalties.
Kathleen got defensive touchdowns from Antonio Jenkins, who scored on a 1-yard interception return, and Jevontae Denson, who returned a fumble 6 yards.
Lake Region quarterback Lawrence Thompson left the game in the second quarter and did not return.
"He tweaked his shoulder a little bit, we'll find out more when we get back to the doctor and have him look at it," said Lake Region head coach Steve Reynolds.
Kathleen starts the season 1-0 and will remain at home next week against George Jenkins. Lake Region (0-1) will play its home opener against Fort Meade.
Lake Region 0 0 0 0--0
Kathleen 236 7 7--52
KATH -- Safety, punt blocked out end zone :44
KATH -- Rovonta Johnson 3 run (Omar Carvajal kick) 11:07
KATH -- Rovonta Johnson 4 run (kick failed) 8:50
KATH -- Antonio Jenkins 1 interception return (Gilraldo Mata kick) 5:36
KATH -- Jevontae Denson 6 fumble return (Mata kick) 3:36
KATH -- Safety, ball snapped out of end zone 2:41
KATH -- A'Treyu Farrior 2 run (Carvajal kick) 1:22
KATH - Rovonta Johnson 80 run (Carvajal kick) 11:00
KATH -- Anthony Ware 46 run (Carvajal kick) 3:46