The Windermere Prep Lakers met Orlando Christian Prep in the championship game of the 2014 Sunshine State Athletic Conference’s Florida Bowl on Saturday night at The Master’s Academy in Oviedo and wrecked the Warriors, 48-19.
Windermere Prep (10-0) was without its starting quarterback, junior Parker Davis, but you’d have hardly of known that if you looked at the final score. Sophomore Mitchell Darrow filled in for Davis, who was injured in the semifinals a week ago against Seffner Christian — but it was senior running back Chris Granjean who shouldered the load for the Lakers.
Granjean was recognized as the Florida Bowl’s Most Valuable Player after rushing for five touchdowns — including a scoring run on the first drive of the game that set the tone for the night — and 237 yards.
The big effort from the senior back helped the program, which has only been around for five years, win its first-ever championship.
“It feels great,” Granjean said afterward. “Going into the game, I felt like I was going to do something big.”
Windermere Prep coach Jacob Doss, still wet from a Gatorade shower administered by his players in the game’s closing moments, praised Granjean after for establishing a tone that saw the Lakers take a 34-0 lead before the Warriors knew what had hit them.
“Parker was hurt … we knew that Chris was going to have to be the guy tonight,” Doss said. “I’ve never seen a performance like that — unbelievable way to go out for this kid’s last time.”
The blowout victory was the final game for Windermere Prep’s 12 seniors, a group that help lead the young program to the top of the independent conference it competes in.
“These kids [the seniors] are the leaders — I’ve known them for years,” Doss said. “It’s so remarkable when you have a good core group of seniors like that, what the team can accomplish.”