MANATEE -- At this point, running back Bo Scarbrough is a known commodity for the IMG Academy football team.
But what might be overlooked is just how good the Ascenders' defense is.
And it was that unit that jumpstarted IMG's latest victory Friday.
The Ascenders peeled off a 49-3 win over visiting Lake Minneola on homecoming to keep their unbeaten season intact.
"Our defense has been playing good all year," IMG head coach Chris Weinke said. "We've been in situations where we've given up some big trick plays, but consistently across the board, our defense has played very well and had some big stops (Friday)."
IMG's defense was put to the test early with the Hawks threatening to score the game's first points.
But the Ascenders (7-0)forced a fumble and recovered inside their 10-yard line.
IMG took the momentum from that stop to engineer a 12-play, 91-yard drive that lasted 4 minutes, 17 seconds and ended with Penn State-bound quarterback Michael O'Connor finding wide receiver Casey Gunderson for a 28-yard score.
Then Scarbrough went to work, tallying 156 rushing yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns in one half of action. His highlight-reel 65-yard score on his final carry of the night saw the Alabama-bound tailback break multiple tackles and high-step another would-be tackler.
"That's just a part of football. You don't have a big run every time you touch the ball," Scarbrough said. "You expect to get maybe one to two yards a carry, but you don't expect to have a whole bunch of yards on the first carry. Going into the game, as the game went on, you get comfortable and you get warm. And you punch that hole, you just thank your offensive line for it."
In addition, Jack Wegher had a 72-yard score out of the wildcat formation that also produced some stiff blocking from IMG's offensive line and wide receivers.
Both players did enough to arm the Ascenders with an insurmountable 29-3 halftime cushion.
From there, the defense amped up its pressure and kept the Hawks in check for the second half until a running clock went into effect in the fourth quarter.
Cornerback Vosean Crumbie, who hails from Tallahassee, views the defense as having a battle with the offense in a healthy competition each Friday.
"We're hungry right now," Crumbie said, "because our defense isn't really getting recruited like our offense is. So we feel it's a competition. So we're trying to live up to what they have for us."
The defense finished by allowing 77 rushing yards and 174 passing yards, while forcing three turnovers (two on downs).
Meanwhile, O'Connor finished with a season-high three touchdown passes, converting 12 of 19 passes for 216 yards.