FROSTPROOF - Senior tailback Carlton Thomas of Frostproof put on a clinic at the expense of the Avon Park Red Devils, scoring four touchdowns and rushing for 219 yards, as the Bulldogs put on a show in a 35-0 win in front of an electric crowd at Faris Brannen Stadium on Friday.
Thomas scored on his second carry - an 86-yard dash through the heart of the Red Devil defense - yet the Bulldogs (4-1) held only a 7-0 lead at the half.
Avon Park (1-3) had a good game plan - get the ball into the hands of its playmakers. Junior quarterback Virgil Cooper and tailback Teddy Allen worked their way deep into Bulldogs territory on Avon Park's first possession but were denied entry into the end zone.
The Red Devils' two scoring chances in enemy territory resulted in a turnover on downs and an interception in the first half, and Thomas's 55-yard touchdown run to open the second half all but ended any hopes of a comeback.
SEBRING 31, JENSEN BEACH 17: Senior T.J. Williams rushed 35 times for 222 yards, scored three touchdowns and threw a 64-yard TD pass to Sam Robinson to lead Sebring. The homecoming win improved the Class 3A Blue Streaks to 3-2, while the loss dropped the Class 4A Falcons to 0-5.
BRADEN RIVER 38, LAKE PLACID 14: Braden River had three rushers top 100 yards and the Pirates defense forced six Lake Placid turnovers.
Pirates sophomore Jajuan Bell had 141 yards on 13 carries and two scores, senior Tim Grider had 143 yards on 14 carries, and junior quarterback Willie McNeal added 101 yards and two touchdowns to lead Braden River (2-3), a third-year program playing its first full varsity schedule this season.
Junior running back Chevontry Wilson had 148 yards on 21 carries to lead Lake Placid (2-3), which scored on its first two possessions but was hurt by six interceptions in the final three quarters.