State of the Program: Lakewood Spartans

2018: 6-6 2019: 12-1 2020: 8-1 2021: 10-3

As you can see above, Lakewood’s overall record over the last four seasons is 36-11. Cory Moore has built a program that is consistently strong and extremely successful at developing high-level talent on both sides of the ball. This past season, the Pinellas County powerhouse made it to the 4A state semifinal. The Spartans’ impressive playoff run was ended at the hands of the eventual state champion, Cardinal Gibbons.

Lakewood had multiple big-time college signees, as usual. That group included; Amari Niblack (Alabama), Terrell Crosby (Iowa State), Emmanuel McNeil-Warren (Toledo), Mike Evans (Austin Peay), Camari Berry (Cornell), TJ Adams (New Mexico Military Institute), Pharee Reed (Valdosta State), and Jaden Shorter (Valdosta State). Lakewood gets it done!

Three of the returning headliners on Lakewood’s roster are 2023 QB Anthony Colandrea, 2023 DE Isaiah Nixon, and 2023 RB Montravius Lloyd. Colandrea threw for 3,252 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior. He is committed to Middle Tennessee State at this time. Nixon is coming off of a junior season that saw him compile 75 total tackles, 24 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks. He is currently committed to UCF.

For the spring game, Lakewood took a trip down to Palm Beach Gardens for a jamboree. The Spartans shine against Plantation and Southridge. During two halves against the two opponents, Colandrea threw for 7 touchdowns and ran in another. Lloyd hauled in 2 of those touchdowns from Coleandrea. He also had a long rushing touchdown. Lloyd has a bunch of offers heading into summer. In the fall, he contributed 790 yards and 12 touchdowns to the Lakewood offense. He is also a very capable player on defense. He had 33 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks as an outside linebacker. Other names to know are 2023 DL Taveon Wheeler, 2023 WR Aviyon Smith-Mack, and 2024 LB Jeremy Willoughby. 

The FHSAA’s new classifications placed Lakewood in 2M District 8 with Boca Ciega and Gibbs. Last season, Lakewood beat Boca Ciega 27-12 in week 1 and blew out Gibbs 52-6 in week 3. Expect Lakewood to schedule aggressively outside of that district schedule to set themselves up for another long post-season run.