Lake Worth opened its football season in impressive fashion on Thursday night, trouncing Fort Worth North Side 47-7 at Farrington Field.
The Bullfrogs put on a show to honor their biggest supporter, former secondary coach Jerry Sanders, who died last week.
Standing in the center of the postgame huddle, Sanders’ son, Lake Worth head coach Tal Sanders, put the win in perspective for his players.
“Dad is looking down and smiling at us right now, boys,” Tal Sanders said as he paced back and forth. “That’s exactly what he would’ve wanted to see.”
Senior quarterback Kelton Versey provided the offensive spark, accounting for five touchdowns and 303 yards of offense.
“We are a tough group,” Versey said, “and we played as a team tonight.”
The Bullfrogs fumbled three times on the opening drive. The third was recovered by the Steers at their own 10-yard line. After a three-and-out by North Side, Lake Worth took over at the Steers’ 39-yard line. Versey scored five plays later on a 2-yard run up the middle with 9:12 to go in the first quarter.
Versey, who missed most of last season with a leg injury, engineered a three-play, 73-yard scoring drive on Lake Worth’s next possession, hooking up with receiver Mario Rios on a 35-yard strike to make the score 13-0 heading into the second quarter.
The North Side defense provided little resistance from there, allowing Lake Worth 404 yards of offense in the first half alone.
“We have a special group of kids, and they showed that tonight,” Tal Sanders said. “Kelton is a leader. He can throw it, run it, whatever we need him to do.”
Senior defensive lineman Tim Woods led the Bullfrogs defense with four tackles for losses and helped limit the Steers offense to just 115 yards.
Steers linebacker Anthony Reyna recovered a fumble late in the game, leading to North Side’s only points: a 31-yard scoring strike from Johnny Aviles to Damon Gwynn.
“We dedicated this whole season to Coach Sanders,” said Versey, speaking of the elder Jerry Sanders. “He was a good man, and we play in his honor.”
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