Tanna ready for bed
Senior running back goes for 205 yards, 2 TDs on 34 carries to boost Vikings
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.”
Homewood-Flossmoor’s Gerrell Jackson returns an interception for a touchdown against Fremd on Friday.