Mustangs are 2-0 under new head coach Rashad West

LAKEWOOD RANCH

Isaiah Harrison rushed 23 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lift the host Lakewood Ranch Mustangs to a 16-6 victory over the Bayshore Bruins on Friday night.

The start of Friday night’s game was delayed 75 minutes due to lightning and heavy rain in the area.

After a winless season in 2018, the Mustangs (2-0) are off and running with a pair of victories to start the 2019 season under new head coach Rashad West, who was previously the top man at Southeast High.

“I’m happy for our seniors,” West said. “They have been through a lot. Our guys fought. It was hot and humid. We had all the delays. But we kept playing until the end and got it done.

“I think they believe in what we’re telling them. They are starting to trust us.”

After a scoreless first half, the Mustangs marched 80 yards with the second half kickoff to take a 6-0 lead on a 15-yard run by Harrison, who took a pitchout from quarterback Jimmy Kelly and skirted around left end for the score.

Bayshore (0-3) came back to tie it at 6-6 on its first possession of the second half. Quarterback Brian Coleman found Joey Bing for 52-yard gain to set up Coleman’s 2-yard scoring run.

The Mustangs took the lead for good on a 25-yard field goal by Gavin Goeden to make it 9-6 with 8:39 remaining in the game. Harrison then scored his second touchdown of the game on a 19-yard run to put the game out of reach.

The Mustangs got an interception by Clayton Hoffman and a fumble recovery by Angelo LaFrese to stop Bayshore drives in the fourth quarter.

Lakewood Ranch’s best play on offense in the first half occurred on its first play from scrimmage. Beginning at his own 4-yard line, Kelly hooked up with Brandon Herten for a 56-yard pass play. But the Mustangs would turn the ball over on downs to Bayshore at its own 25-yard line.

The Bruins managed to gain just 70 yards in total offense in the first two quarters. Most of that came on a pair of 25-yard completions from Coleman to Kevin Campbell. Campbell had three receptions for 63 yards as the two teams played a scoreless first half.

Defensively, the Bruins picked off a pair of passes in the first half to thwart Lakewood Ranch drives. Treyvon Jefferson and Devon Randall came up with interceptions for Bayshore.

Bayshore will open Class 5A-District 12 play next Friday when the Bruins host the Tampa Chamberlain Chiefs. The Mustangs will be at home against the North Port Bobcats in a non-district game.