Dreadnaughts Escape: Lakeland Stuffs Kathleen on 2-Point Try For Victory, 28-27 (OT)
Sat. November 10, 2012 at 12:36 a.m. | By Solange Reyner
Lakeland's #99 Sherby Saimplice tackles Kathleen's QB #8 A'Treyu Farrior after a bad snap during first half action at Kathleen High School in Lakeland Fl. Friday November 9, 2012. (Photo by Ernst Peters | The Ledger)
By SOLANGE REYNER
LAKELAND | When Kathleen receiver Ja'Von Harrison took a 59-yard touchdown catch to the house with 34.9 seconds left in Friday night's game against Lakeland to tie the score and force overtime, Lakeland coach Bill Castle had a flashback to 2009.
It was Lakeland vs. Kathleen, too, and the score was tied at 21-all with less than a minute remaining when Ben McRoy hauled in a 63-yard screen pass from Jarred Haggins to give the Dreadnaughts a 28-21 victory.
"I thought, ‘Dang, it's our turn now,'" Castle said.
Quite the contrary. This time, though, it was Lakeland's defense that came up big in the most defining moment of the game, and their effort helped secure a 28-27 win in overtime on a cool November evening before a packed crowd at Johnny Johnson Stadium.
After Shaquan Perkins scored on a 13-yard reverse around the left side for Lakeland on the Dreadnaughts' second play in overtime, Kathleen matched it with a running touchdown of its own by scatback Rovonta Johnson. The Red Devils then opted out of an extra point attempt and quarterback A'Treyu Farrior, who finished with 149 yards passing and 66 yards rushing, tried for a 2-point conversion with his feet.
Jalen Stevenson, a senior defensive end for Lakeland, stopped him about 5 yards out from the end zone on the right side.
"It all happened so fast I can't even tell you what I did right," Stevenson said. "We just knew what they were going to do so we came into the play with the mind set of stopping it."
The call to go for the win was a risky one, but coach Irving Strickland stuck by it after the contest.
"That was wide open all night," Strickland said. "I don't care what anyone says."
Harrison started the game the way he ended it: With a big play on offense. He caught a 44-yard pass from Farrior 3:50 in to give Kathleen a 6-0 lead, but was quiet until Farrior found him in the middle of the field about 15 yards from the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter. He caught it in the air, off balance, then regrouped to slide down the right side of the field for the touchdown. Earlier in the fourth, it was Johnson with the explosive breakaway on a 63-yard touchdown run to get within seven points.
Before then, Lakeland had solid control of the game behind a bruising running attack. Ra'Don Dwight had a touchdown in the first quarter, quarterback Isaiah Walker in the third. Perkins also caught a pass in the first quarter from Walker. The Dreadnaughts had 22 yards on the ground with Robert Smith and Braxton Huggins leading the way.
Lakeland 14 0 7 0 7 - 28
Kathleen 6 0 0 15 6 - 27
K — Ja'Von Harrison 44 pass from A'Treyu Farrior (kick failed), 8:10
L — Ra'Don Dwight 1 run (Caleb Hough kick), 4:39
L — Shaquan Perkins 7 pass from Isaiah Walker (Hough kick), :09.6
L — Walker 2 run (Hough kick), :17.4
K — Rovonta Johnson 63 run (Farrior run), 11:54
K -- Harrison 59 pass from Farrior (Gildardo Mata kick), :33.54
L — Perkins 13 run (Hough kick)
K — Johnson 10 run (run failed)
Lakeland || Kathleen
First Downs 14 8
Rushes/yards 51-255 20-142
Passing yards 53 149
Passing 6-7-0 10-20-1
Total offense 308 291
Fumbles/Lost 1-1 1-1
Punts/avg 4-32.75 4-39.5
Penalties/yds 6-45 4-30
Records 9-1 6-4
Rushing: L — Braxton Huggins 14-86; K — Rovonta Johnson 7-75.
Passing: L — Isaiah Walker 6-7-53; K — A'Treyu Farrior 10-20-1-149.
Receiving: L — Xavier Spann 2-23; K — Ja'Von Harrison 5-120.