By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports
IN A NUTSHELL: Booker overcame four turnovers thanks to its big-play aerial attack. Quarterback Arthur Brantley threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Tornadoes past the Manta Rays 30-15 in a must-win district game to keep improve their playoff hopes. The Tornadoes are now tied with Southeast for second place in District 5A-11 — following Southeast’s loss to Hardee — and the teams will face off next week.
DID YOU SEE THAT: Booker kicked off homecoming night with receiver Daquone Tirene under center. Tirene didn’t disappoint, connecting with Jermaine Ziegler on the first play of the game for a 65-yard touchdown and the Tornadoes never trailed all night.
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: Lemon Bay punted the ball away midway through the fourth quarter trailing 24-15 and took a gut punch on the very next play. Brantley threw the ball out to Anthony Thomas in the flat who sped off 51 yards for a touchdown to put the game away,
UNSUNG HERO: Dan Baldor came away with an interception and a fumble recovery for two of Lemon Bay’s four turnovers on defense.
THEY SAID IT: “Missing three seniors captains and their leadership hurt us but I was proud of our kids that stepped up and I felt they played really hard.” — Lemon Bay coach D.J. Ogilvie, referring to the absence of Brayden Curry, Victor Mellor and Rob Cerami, who were all out with injuries.
BOOKER 30, LEMON BAY 15
Lemon Bay 0 7 8 0 — 15
Booker 6 6 6 12 — 30
B — Ziegler 65 pass from Tirene (kick failed) 11:42
B — Keaton 10 pass from Brantley (pass failed) 8:46
LB — Kopp 3 run (Rusher kick) 0:56.1
B — Brantley 7 run (pass failed) 8:24
LB — Lydic 10 run (Lydic run) 0:25.6
B — Davis 1 run (run failed) 10:12
B — Thomas 51 pass fro Brantley (pass failed) 9:01
First Downs 12 11
Rushes 35-149 20-123
Passing yds 44 306
C-A-I 4-20-0 15-19-2
Fumbles/lost 2-0 2-2
Penalties/yds 9-63 12-96
Rushing: Lemon Bay: Logan Lydic 15-65-1, Treston Kopp 7-55-1, Hunter Weir 11-44; Booker: Jamal Benson 12-88, Arthur Brantley 5-26-1, Deron Davis 3-9-1.
Passing: Lemon Bay: Hayden Wolff 4-19-44-0, Hunter Weir 0-1-0-0; Booker: Arthur Brantley 14-18-241-2, Daquone Tirene 1-1-65-1.
Receiving: Lemon Bay: Brenden Shuman 4-44; Booker: Talik Keaton 7-128-1, Jermaine Ziegler 2-89-1, Anthony Thomas 2-52-1, Daquone Tirene 3-41, Jamal Benson 1- -4.