Lake Wales Swats Bartow, 45-15
Fri. November 09, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
LAKE WALES RUNNING BACK JONTE SERGEANT runs up the middle for a short gain against Bartow. (Photo by PAUL CRATE | LEDGER MEDIA GROUP )
By RICK BROWN
LAKE WALES | Before the final regular season game of the year Friday against Bartow, Lake Wales senior running backs Jonte Sergeant and Tony Reeves told coach Rod Shafer to just give them the football.
Shafer listened to his seniors and they came through.
Sargeant and Reeves both scored two touchdowns and Lake Wales went on to a 45-15 victory over Bartow at Legion Field.
Lake Wales (6-4), which had already secured a playoff spot, will travel to Bradenton to take on Southeast next Friday.
"We've been up and down and made mistakes this year," Shafer said. "But we didn't make many mistakes today. We had some fire today, against a good football team. When we play well, we're pretty good."
Sergeant had two 1-yard touchdown runs and Reeves had scoring runs of 25 and 80 yards to go with his 133-yards.
Reeves' 80-yard run in the third quarter broke open the contest.
"I was just looking for an exit and I looked and there was green grass," Reeves said. "My coaches said when there's green grass to hit it and I hit it."
Bartow's season ends at 4-6 but did have one big highlight.
Vontarius West returned a kickoff 93 yards to pull Bartow to 14-7 at the half.
But Lake Wales scored 17 points in the third quarter to pull away.
"Turnovers, penalties, stuff we've tried to get better at hurt us," Bartow coach Brett Biggs said. "Our motto is to ‘finish strong' and that's what we came out here to do tonight. But unfortunately, we were hampered by penalties and that hurt us big time."
Bartow 0 7 0 8 — 15
Lake Wales 7 7 17 14 — 45
LW — Tony Reeves 25 run (Tate Mathewson kick), 1:50
LW — Jonte Sergeant 1 run (Mathewson kick), :39.3
B — Vontarius West 93 kickoff return (Alex Montes kick), 24.8
LW — Mathewson 37 FG, 8:43
LW — Tony Reeves 80 run (Mathewson kick), 3:30
LW — Phillip Jones 14 pass from Railond Garrett (Mathewson), :39.5
LW — Jonte Sergeant 1 run (Jonathan Smith kick), 4:36
B -- Jeramy Williams 51 pass from Dimitri Leverett (Williams from Leverett), 3:28
LW — Justin Henderson 3 run (Smith kick), 1:05
BAR || LW
First Downs 17 12
Rushes/yards 36/202 833/227
Passing yards 145 96
Total offense 3478317
Rushing: Bar — Michael Walker 20-114; LW — Tony Reeves 11-133, 2 TDs
Passing: Bar — Dimitri Leverett 11-22-1, 145; LW — Railond Garrett 5-10-0 63 .
Receiving: Bar — Jeramy Williams 3-66, 1 TD; LW — Marcus Walker 1-41.