Jeff Davis’ Travez Bozeman is too good to be limited to one position.
Travez Bozeman of Jeff Davis is too good to be limited to one position.
The 5-foot-11, 171-pound do-it-all threat used big plays on both sides of the ball to help spark the Vols to a 35-22 victory over city foe Sidney Lanier at Cramton Bowl on Thursday night.
“Well, you know, he’s special,” Jeff Davis coach Lee Carter said. “Every now and then you do something right and the good Lord blesses you with a kid like that. So, I’m thankful.”
Bozeman ran for 113 yards, caught for 33 yards and grabbed an interception on the opening drive of the second half to help Jeff Davis overcome a sluggish start. Bozeman also had two first-half interceptions taken away on back-to-back plays.
“We played fast (in the second half), everybody has to do their job,” Bozeman said. “Everybody was just moving slow. We have to pick the team up sometimes.”
It took a little time to see the Jeff Davis team we’re used to seeing, but a late second-quarter touchdown helped the Vols go into the half with momentum.
After the Poets scored to go ahead 10-7, Jeff Davis (5-1) moved down the field in four plays and scored a touchdown to head into halftime up 14-10. The Vols capped off a drive with a trick play, a touchdown pass from wide receiver Austin Ballard to quarterback Zarron Haney. It was Haney’s second touchdown catch of the season.
“It’s one of the things we practice every week, our two-minute drill. So for us to punch one in and go into the second half, that was huge,” Carter said.
Haney’s touchdown catch started a streak of 21 unanswered points for the Vols and allowed them to pull away. Haney finished with 166 passing yards and two touchdowns on 13-for-18 passing.
Running back T’Ummie Sankey ran nine times for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Sterling Herron and Cory Smith each caught a touchdown.
“It was a lot of momentum, and I’m always happy to help the team in different ways,” Haney said.
Lanier (2-4) jumped ahead 2-0 thanks to a bad snap on a punt that led to a safety. The Poets went ahead 10-7 late in the second quarter after quarterback James Foster ran for a 5-yard touchdown.
Foster — who has offers from Mississippi State and North Carolina — ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. He completed 6 of 18 passes for 84 yards with an interception.
Lanier had a trio of backs contribute. Devontae Thomas led the Poets with seven carries for 41 yards and a touchdown. Ziyon Jones had five carries for 33 yards, and Quintavieus Hutchinson ran seven times for 31 yards.
Despite falling to 2-4 on the year, Lanier coach C.J. Harris said the team’s focus is on the playoffs. Three of Lanier’s losses are outside of the region.
“I loved the fact that we continued to fight even though we got a little behind. I’m not going to take anything away from JD, they are a great football team,” Harris said. “Hopefully the performance we put up tonight will carry over into next week’s game so we can go ahead and get into the playoffs.
“This is probably the best Montgomery football has been as a whole. With Park Crossing rolling, Carver back rolling, Jeff Davis still rolling, Lee still rolling and ourselves, that’d be a great accomplishment to get all five public schools in the playoffs.”