Freshman leads Cavs in rivalry rout

Published 12:40 am Saturday, October 8, 2011

Lakeland’s Anaquan Peterson races away from King’s Fork’s defense on a reception Friday night at Cavalier Park. Peterson scored with a 49-yard punt return for Lakeland’s second touchdown of the night. The Cavaliers continued to a 53-3 win over the Bulldogs.

King’s Fork led city rival Lakeland 3-0 in Friday night’s football contest at Cavalier Park.

The Bulldog lead lasted 55 seconds before Cavalier freshman quarterback Miles Goodman connected with Derrick Edghill for an 87-yard touchdown pass.

It was the first of five Lakeland touchdowns in a span of 8:20 from late in the first period until midway through the second period and the Cavaliers (5-1, 4-1) went on to rout the Bulldogs (1-5, 1-4) 53-3.

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It was the first varsity start for Goodman, a call-up from Lakeland’s junior varsity once starting quarterback Zach Super was lost for the season because of injury.

Goodman dressed, but didn’t see action, last Friday at Oscar Smith. His first snaps came on Lakeland’s homecoming.

“We knew he’d be nervous with all the people here,” said Lakeland head coach Glenwood Ferebee.

Lakeland’s half of Cavalier Park was packed for the combination of homecoming and the home team, coming in with a 4-1 record and ranked third in the Eastern Region, Division 5.

It took a little under a quarter and the visitors getting the first points of the contest, a 30-yard field goal by Austin Wall, before Goodman showed he had no problem stepping up to the varsity game.

“He settled down and from there, you could tell he’s a natural quarterback,” Ferebee said.

On the second Cavalier snap following the Bulldog field goal, Goodman scrambled out of pressure and found Edghill flashing over the middle 15 yards downfield. Edghill did the rest, sprinting away down the right sideline for the 87-yard touchdown play. Evan Worley’s point-after kick made it 7-3 Cavs with 1:37 to go in the first quarter.

A holding penalty canceled what would have been a long run by Bulldog quarterback Matt Hommell and brought up a Bulldog punt from deep in KF territory.

Lakeland wide receiver and all-state track star Anaquan Peterson fielded a bouncing kick near midfield, made about 15 yards sprinting toward the left sideline, then cut against the grain, cutting through traffic to score a 49-yard punt return inside the pylon at the right corner of the end zone. Lakeland led 14-3 with 10:56 left in the second quarter.

“That helped out with a young quarterback. It took a lot of the pressure off of him,” Ferebee said. “If someone wants to punt to Anaquan, that’s something they’re going to have to live with.”

Raekwon Johnson, back to his usual running back position after filling in at quarterback for two and a half games, raced 50 yards for a touchdown on the second snap of Lakeland’s next possession.

A Bulldog penalty on the extra point gave Lakeland the kickoff on the KF 45. Cornelius Revell recovered Worley’s onsides kick, setting the Cavs up on the KF 30.

Lakeland moved, methodically by Cavalier standards for most of the season, to 3rd-and-goal, and Goodman took a shotgun snap and charged through the left side of his offensive line for a 2-yard touchdown run.

Lakeland’s defense added the next touchdown. Linebacker Deontae Tillery intercepted a Hommell pass and went 40 yards for a touchdown. Lakeland led 33-3 with 5:15 to go in the half.

The Cavaliers kept rolling for three more touchdowns after halftime. Goodman lobbed a 10-yard pass for Edghill to leap and come down with in the back of the end zone, making it 40-3 after Lakeland’s first time with the ball in the third quarter.

In the fourth period, Johnson scored on a 66-yard run. Goodman made it two rushing touchdowns to go with two passing touchdowns in his debut, finishing the scoring with a 1-yard sneak with 2:32 remaining.

Ferebee said the transition from JV to varsity wasn’t as tough as some might expect. The junior varsity Cavs do many of the same things the varsity team works on.

“(Goodman’s) got the basics down. We focused on some of what he didn’t know during this week but we mainly focused on what he does know,” Ferebee said.

“You can’t teach poise, and Zach and Miles both have that,” Ferebee said. “Poise and confidence in the pocket, he showed that tonight and he’s only going to get better.”