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Prep football | Bayshore gets creative against Tornadoes, still falls short

MANATEE -- The Bayshore Bruins had to get creative to score during a game that saw them gain a total of 60 yards.

Unfortunately, the home team waited too long to figure out it wasn't strong enough to slug past Booker.

The Tornadoes rushed out to a 14-0 lead and controlled the action on the way to a 21-12 victory that moved the Tornadoes closer to a Class 5A-District 13 playoff berth when Wauchula Hardee defeated Southeast.

Coming off its first win of the season last week, Bayshore (1-6, 1-3) used a short field to score one touchdown and stunned Booker when Zorion Brooks picked up a punt that was about to roll dead and sprinted 85 yards untouched down the sideline with one minute, five seconds remaining in the game.

By then, the outcome had been decided because the Tornadoes (4-3, 2-1) controlled both lines of scrimmage.

The Bruins rushed for negative two yards for the game and suffered seven penalties for 55 yards in the first half. Their only real drive of the game was scuttled by four false-start penalties.

"We had some penalties; we didn't block very well, though," Bayshore head coach Elijah Freeman said. And Booker, you know, take nothing away from them, they're good up front. They have some big guys up front. They played physical early. We knew we had to come out and hit them in the mouth, and it was just the opposite. They hit us in the mouth early. We were opportunistic, though. We had a couple nice breaks there that kept us in the game. It's fundamentals. We didn't block well; we didn't tackle well. Those things hurt us in the end."

Said Booker head coach Recharde Goodwyn, "The strength of our team, which any coach in America would love, is our offensive and defensive lines."

Booker scored on its second and third possessions of the game. Spencer Carter found pay dirt on a 24-yard run, then quarterback Jeremiah Henderson found Artie Henry III on a perfect 22-yard scoring strike.

Jamal Benson led Booker by rushing for 69 yards on 12 carries. Henderson connected on 7 of 15 passes for 134 yards.

Bayshore got a break in the middle of the second quarter when a punt hit Booker's Stanley Collins and was recovered by Isaiah Frazier. Three plays later, Ashawn Angell went over from three yards out.

Jamar Johnson stopped Booker's final first-half drive with an interception, and the Bruins trailed just 14-6 at the intermission.

"We kept ourselves in the hunt for it," Freeman said. "We've been doing that quite a bit, bending but not breaking. But if we make more tackles, we don't have to put ourselves in those situations."

The Bruins managed just one first down in the second half. Brooks' late-game punt return gave Bayshore hope, but the Tornadoes recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.

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