HUDSON — Sunlake used the recipe it has used all season to great success. On offense, give the ball to junior Nathan Johnson. Sunlake did that on the first play of the game Friday night — 80 yards later, it was 7-0 Seahawks.
Defensively, it was the typical smothering unit that head coach Bill Browning has become accustomed to. Sunlake held Fivay to 86 total yards, while only a school-record 48-yard field goal by Fivay’s Josh Jones in the fourth quarter denied Sunlake the shutout.
The rushing attack of Sunlake carried the Seahawks all night. Johnson finished with 116 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Speedy wingback Ricardo Williams pitched in 116 yards on just four carries. Sunlake rushed for more than 300 yards, and raced to a 37-0 halftime lead, causing the second half to be played under a running clock.
With Springstead’s win against Land O’ Lakes clinching Class 6A-District 6, Sunlake will be the district runner-up and travel to Gainesville High in two weeks for the state playoffs.
“We would’ve liked the shot to win the district in a shootout,” Browning said, “but we’ll accept it and take it one game at a time.”
Sunlake 27 10 0 0 — 37
Fivay 0 0 0 3 — 3
S — Johnson 80 run (Wilkinson kick)
S — Williams 47 run (Wilkinson kick)
S — Lamar 41 pass from LeWallen (kick failed)
S — Wolfe 1 run (Wilkinson kick)
S — Johnson 44 run (Wilkinson kick)
S — FG Wilkinson 30
F — FG Jones 48