SARASOTA — unbar’s defense recovered four fumbles and picked off two Booker passes to clinch the District 4A-6 title with a shutout at Tornado Alley on Friday night.
The Tornadoes (3-6, 3-2) officially were bounced from playoff contention with Clewiston’s 27-0 victory over LaBelle. Booker needed a Clewiston loss to force a three-way tie.
Ahead just 6-0, Marquise Bryant scored from 2-yards out on the Tigers’ first possession of the third quarter put them up 14-0 with Bryant’s 2-point conversion run.
The backbreaker for Booker came on its next series. On his own 23, running back Marlon Mack (23 carries, 146 yards) fumbled and Dunbar recovered.
Wasting no time, the Tigers (8-1, 5-0) tallied on first down as quarterback Daniel Cobb connected with wide receiver Johnell Barnes in the corner of the Booker end zone for the 23-yard score for a 20-0 edge.
In the fourth, Cobb’s 4-yard score and a 47-yard TD run by Rante Baker (six carries, 90 yards) accounted for the final margin of victory. Fittingly, Booker fumbled on the game’s final play.
Booker didn’t capitalize on Dunbar’s own fumbling woes. In the first quarter, the Tigers fumbled through the Tornado end zone on what appeared to be a certain 12-yard Cobb scoring run.