Tanna ready for bed

Se­nior run­ning back goes for 205 yards, 2 TDs on 34 car­ries to boost Vikings

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - Sports - By Tony Baranek

Of all the play­ers who con­trib­uted to Home­wood-Floss­moor’s Class 8A playoff vic­tory Fri­day, run­ning back Leon Tanna earned the long­est night’s sleep. And­he­p­lanned to get rightonit. “Oh yeah, real fast,” Tanna said with a smile. “I’m about to go home, eat, get in a shower and go dead to sleep. That’s all I’m wor­ried about right now. I just­want to sleep.”

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound se­nior was tire­less and re­lent­less for H-F in its 21-0 vic­tory over Fremd.

Tanna rushed 34 times for 205 yards andtwo touch­downs­forH-F (9-1). Ger­rell Jack­son also scored for the Vikings on a 39-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn.

“That def­i­nitely was a lot of runs,” Tanna said. “Our run­ning backs coach (Daron Williams) al­ways tells me to keep my feet mov­ing. On first con­tact, just keep your feet­mov­ing.”

To that end, Tanna had a pair of rushes that were sim­ply eye­open­ing.

Onone, he gained 15 yards while drag­ging a pile of Fremd tack­lers with­him. Onan­other, hewas twice stopped by a gag­gle of de­fend­ers, only to break away for an ul­ti­mately 15-yard gain.

The TD runs were for 11 yards and 9 yards. Both­were on bursts of speed.

They more than made up for

fum­bles Tanna twice made deep in H-F ter­ri­tory.

“I was mad about that, but it’s the play­offs,” Tanna said. “Bad things hap­pen and you just have got to move on with it. You have to have a (de­fen­sive back’s) men­tal­ity. They make a lot of mis­takes and they for­get about it. That’s what I did.”

Fum­bles aside, Tanna pretty much was the of­fense for theVik­ings.

“Leon has def­i­nitely got some power to him,” H-F coach Craig Buzea said. “He is cer­tainly a force to be reck­oned with.”

On­three dif­fer­ent drives, Tanna ran­four con­sec­u­tive times.

“What did John McKay used to say?” Buzea said. “If the ball ain’t heavy, we’re go­ing to keep on giv­ing it to him.”

Fremd (5-5) had two ex­cel­lent scor­ing chances in the game, but both times was stood up by an H-F de­fense led by Kellen Williams, Isa­iah Coe, Xavier McKin­ney and Char­lie Brooks.

Both drives ended in fourth-down passes to the end zone that were knocked down­byWil­liams.

“I’m think­ing, ‘We have to stop them on this down,’ ” Williams said. “We’re in the end zone (de­fend­ing), so we have to stop them on the goal line.

“Coach just told us to man ’em up, and we manned ’emup and locked ’em­down.”

VINCENT D. JOHN­SON/ DAILY SOUTH­TOWN

Home­wood-Floss­moor’s Ger­rell Jack­son re­turns an in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down against Fremd on Fri­day.

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