Dunbar got off to an easy start in defense of its District 4A-6 title Friday night, coasting 49-0 past a disjointed Lake Placid team that had trouble at times just getting plays off.
The Tigers (3-1, 1-0) rushed for 337 yards on 31 carries and added 60 more passing yards while holding Lake Placid (1-3, 0-1) to 67 yards, including 39 rushing on 24 carries.
Sophomore tailback Marquise Bryant had 88 yards and two touchdowns, and sophomore quarterback Daniel Cobb ran for 97 yards and another score while adding two passing touchdowns — to sophomore Kevanta Moses and junior Joe Williams.
The Tigers also debuted another weapon in their arsenal. Senior running back Rante Baker, a transfer from Immokalee playing in his first game at Dunbar and his first game at running back since the seventh grade, had 108 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
“It felt good that they gave me a chance,” said Baker, who has drawn more college interest in baseball as a centerfielder. “At Immokalee I got playing time but not as much as I did here in my first game.”
Baker joined Dunbar three weeks ago in his former position, wide receiver, but was moved to running back after turning heads on the scout team.
“The first time he ran a play, he did things that you don’t teach — vision, the cut,” said Dunbar coach Phil Vogt. “Our guys said, ‘He’s a running back.’ We jumped him right over there. It wasn’t a hard decision.”
Two quick Dunbar scores in the third quarter pushed the game to a running clock with Dunbar ahead 37-0.
After averaging 16 penalties in its last two contests, Dunbar cut its flags to 11, for 100 yards, Friday night.
“We cleaned some things up,” said Vogt, calling the penalty tally progress, “for us.”
D – Rante Baker 14 run (Daniel Cobb kick)
D – Marquise Bryant 2 run (Ryeshene Bronson pass from Cobb)
D – Kevanta Moses 14 pass from Cobb (kick failed)
D – Bryant 54 run (Johnell Barnes run)
D – Joe Williams 5 pass from Cobb (Cobb run)
D – Cobb 23 run (run failed)
D – Barnes 4 run (kick failed)