Lake Worth 40, Santaluces 0: QB Evan Moore rushes for 119 yards, three touchdowns
Thursday, October 21, 2010
by Jeff Greer
Allen Eyestone / Palm Beach Post
Two weeks ago, Lake Worth opened District 12-5A play with a resounding win at Royal Palm Beach, the district runner-up last season.
On Thursday night, Lake Worth (6-1, 2-0 ) made quick work of another district playoff team from 2009, cruising past last year's champion, Santaluces, 40-0.
It was a sloppy affair with as many flags as first downs, but Lake Worth will take victories however they come.
The win puts the Trojans on pace for a district-deciding showdown with John I. Leonard on Nov. 5 and on the cusp of a playoff berth. If Leonard beats Royal Palm tonight, Lake Worth clinches a spot.
"That's what we've practiced for all spring, all summer," Lake Worth coach Errick Lowe said. " This is the position we want to be in."
Lake Worth's evolution into a playoff-caliber team has coincided with junior quarterback Evan Moore's progression. Moore, who started as a freshman, leads the area in passing, but his legs did most of the work on Thursday. He rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 10 of 23 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown with two inconsequential interceptions.
"They were blitzing a lot on the edges, so if I didn't check it, I took off," Moore said. "Everything worked tonight."
Lake Worth's defense made its presence felt, too. The Trojans held the Chiefs (3-5, 0-2) to 67 yards of offense in the first half en route a 27-0 lead .
Defensive back Travis Meeks' 81-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Lake Worth a 14-0 lead halfway through the first quarter, and the Trojans never looked back. In all, Lake Worth forced six turnovers and kept Santaluces to 94 total yards.
"That's what you want - a goose egg on that scoreboard," Lowe said.
The loss knocks Santaluces out of the playoffs.
"Every time we did something good, there was yellow all over the field," Santaluces coach Daryl Drinkwater said, referring to penalty flags.
Lake Worth hosts Suncoast next week before the John I. Leonard game in two weeks. Moore said his team is ready for its biggest game of the season, but won't look past Suncoast .
"One week at a time," Moore said, laughing. "When John I. Leonard comes, they better be ready."