A new head coach. Twelve new starters. A 957-mile road trip.
All of it mattered little to Booker T. Washington (Miami)
, the defending mythical national football champion, which rocked Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)
57-21 on Saturday night.
First-year starting quarterback Maurice Alexander
started with a bang by completing 22 of 24 passes for 364 yards and five touchdowns, three going to Antonio Calloway
(12 catches, 265 yards).
The impressive showing was reminiscent of last year's opening-day victory, a 55-0 shellacking at Norcross, which eventually made it back to the national rankings. In that game, then-quarterback Treon Harris was 23 of 27 for 287 yards and five touchdowns. Alexander's numbers were even better.
Oscar Smith also came in nationally ranked, No. 24 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25. Washington entered No. 9.
New head coach Tim Harris, the son of former head coach Tim "Ice" Harris, now an assistant at the University of Miami, led the Tornadoes to their 27th-straight win.
"Our kids stayed composed even early when it looked like we were rattled," Tim Harris told Hamptonroads.com
. "But they stepped up and got settled down."
Oscar Smith actually took a 7-0 lead, marching 80 yards in seven plays capped by Virgina Tech-bound running back Deshawn McClease
, who took a screen pass from and rambled 16 yards for a touchdown. Mark Walton
countered by taking a short pass from Alexander and going 67 yards for a score and Washington was off and running, or passing, as it were.