Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Palmetto Swamps Booker

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Palmetto Swamps Booker

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SARASOTA

WEATHER-SHORTENED: Tigers up 34-0; game called in second half

The 20 days of spring football ended prematurely for the Palmetto and Booker high football teams.

With lightning in the not-so-far distance, the spring contest was called 48 seconds into the second half with the Tigers owning a 34- 0 lead over the Tornadoes on Thursday night at Tornado Alley.

"I feel bad for a lot of our younger kids who worked their butts off all spring and didn't get a chance to play," Palmetto coach Dave Marino said. "They were going to get a chance to play late in the third and the whole fourth quarter. I feel bad for those kids."

The Tigers scored on five of their six possessions in the first half.

Shaquille Harris, who had two receptions for 43 yards, caught a 17-yard pass from starting quarterback Spencer Atkins to open the scoring 3:45 into the game. Josh Hicks scored from 6 yards out in the first quarter.

Leon Gilbert crossed on a one-play drive in the second quarter, scoring from 20 yards out. Gilbert had 34 yards on four carries.

Hicks, who gained 87 yards on 12 carries, added his second and third touchdowns from 2 and 3 yards out.

"As far as the first-string guys, we were pleased with some of the things we saw," Marino said. "Offensively, we have a lot of guys returning. Defensively, it was a question mark. Some of the kids answered our questions. We're still going to have to search for answers at some of the other spots. We're pretty pleased."

Defensively, Palmetto limited the Tornadoes to 4 yards on 20 plays. Inu Matelau and Austin Carvey recovered fumbles. John Manantan recorded two sacks.

The Tornadoes, who had 27 players on their roster compared to 58 for Palmetto, got 11 yards on 13 carries from Michael Jones. Corey Williams recovered a fumble for Booker.

Eric Mayes, who has drawn interest from some major colleges, had a couple of stops along the line before being injured late in the first quarter. …

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