SPRING - Heading into this week for Trent Miller, the emphasis for his Spring Lions' team was to play fast.
They answered the call of their head coach.
In the opening 10 minutes and two seconds of Thursday's showdown with Klein Oak, Spring punched in four scores - a nine-yard and 40-yard run by Bishop Davenport and then 14 and 25-yard touchdown passes from Davenport - to blow it open to a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, eventually leading 42-0 at the half en route to a 49-0 victory at Planet Ford Stadium to move to 2-0 on the year.
"We got started real fast," Davenport said with a smile. "It started in the locker room and even on the bus ride it got started. We just came out here ready to go. I feel like we're just getting started. I can't even compare it to last year."
VYPE 🎥 Highlight 🏈@SpringFootball rolls past Klein Oak 49-0 to move to 2-0 behind @bishoptheQB 7 TD performance & stingy defense #txhsfb— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) September 3, 2021
(@KPRC2RandyMc @Bailee_BishopTv @HendersonGerrod @Cadyn_Bradley @sims_tjay @Myron7Carter @IAMJoeyFussell @SpringISD @CoachTMiller18) pic.twitter.com/59S1JAzjHb
Davenport finished the game 13 of 20 for 306 yards, five touchdowns and 75 yards rushing with two scores. In total, 381 yards and seven scores for the Utah State-commit.
What was even more impressive about Davenport's five passing scores is that they went to four different wide receivers (Cadyn Bradley - 2, Myron Carter, Joey Fussell Jr. and Joshua Lopez).
"We've got talent everywhere," Davenport said.
It wasn't only the offense that came out firing on all cylinders.
The defensive unit, anchored by defensive lineman Gerrod Henderson Jr., forced a fumble (forced by Bruce Davis and recovered by Elijah Fields) and an interception (Jeffery Foster) in the first half. The crew did not allow Klein Oak (1-1), which was without starting quarterback PJ Hatter on Thursday, to gain a first down on its first few drives and held the Panthers to 52 total yards of offense for the game.
"The defense was fired up tonight," Miller said. "We got Bral'on [Jones] back this week. When he's in with his energy, we always have a chance for big plays. Not just with him but with everybody on that field. Going back to last week in that 38-17 victory we felt like we allowed too many points.
"So, an emphasis this week was playing fast, hitting hard, rallying to the football and not giving an inch. Tonight, I think they did a good job of doing that."
VYPE Postgame: @SpringFootball QB @bishoptheQB went OFF tonight for 306 yards passing, 75 rushing and 7 total TDs!! #txhsfb (@KPRC2RandyMc @Bailee_BishopTv @HendersonGerrod @Cadyn_Bradley @sims_tjay @Myron7Carter @IAMJoeyFussell @SpringISD @Perroni247 @texashsfootball) pic.twitter.com/ThtcYV82k1— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) September 3, 2021
Spring has raced out to a 2-0 start to the 2021 season, averaging 43.5 points per game, and the Lions look to be firing on all cylinders out of the gates.
"We feel really good about where we're at right now," Miller said. "Again, we were a little frustrated last week and I think a little bit of that has to do with knowing what we're capable of being and from a coaching standpoint our expectation was to start this season how we finished last year. We weren't quite there yet.
"I think we took a lot of good strides in the right direction tonight, so we're looking forward to keep this boat moving in the right direction."