Kendrick, D-Line shines for Lake Region in spring football game

Lake Region quarterback Kalvin Johnson prepares to unleash a down pass during a spring game against Kissimmee Liberty Thursday at Thunder Field in Eagle Lake.  PHOTO/BILL KEMP LEDGER CORRESPONDENT

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.

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