EAGLE LAKE – Opponents facing Lake Region will face a big problem in the upcoming season: Vomtae Kendrick.
The twice-promoted junior lineman, who tips the scales at well over 300 pounds, flattened linemen, choked ball carriers and recovered two fumbles during a 6-3 loss in Thursday’s spring game to Kissimmee Liberty in Lake Region.
“[Kendrick]is probably going around 340. He’s a big guy,” said Ryan Mills, first-year Lake Region head coach, “who took over the program in January after coming over from Leesburg. “The D line is definitely a ray of hope for us.”
Mills said he believes the Thunder defense will be a solid core this year. The squad is based on a 4-2-5 set-up but adapts when opponents dictate.
“We can kind of mix and match fronts,” said Mills, who hired California’s Caesar Lenos as defense coordinator. “What he’s done with some of the high schools he’s been to makes him a great addition for us here.
“He does some things really, really well and keeps things simple. He’s doing some things that a lot of high schools struggle with, which is a different look.”
Johnson takes over as Thunder QB
After serving as a backup last fall, rising sophomore Kalvin Johnson made his debut as the Lake Region’s starting quarterback. He threw for 65 yards after going 8-for-19 with three interceptions and no touchdowns. Mills said Johnson is a very trainable player and his future looks bright.
“I think he’s had some bright spots all spring,” Mills said. “I think he’s a better quarterback if we protect him, of course. But I think every quarterback is a better quarterback when you protect them. We’ve got something to do with him this summer. I think he has the potential to be pretty good.”
Thunderfoot arrives for Lake Region
Soccer player TJ Evrald took on field kick duties for the Lake Region this spring, promptly scoring a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter. He also hooked a second try from 52 yards, but it had the distance.
“That was impressive. I think we found a kicker,” Mills said. “He decided to come out the second week of spring and he’s done a great job. He will be a weapon for us because he can kick the ball deep.
“In practice he drilled 52’s and 45 yards all day. To have a gun like him it would have been a tie if he got that second kick tonight. Three field goals scored would win a game like this. We got a little bit closer to the ball.”