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Lakewood rallies with 21 unanswered points for first win of the year 30-13 over Manning

Manning - The Lakewood Gators trailed for the first time since a 7-6 deficit in the first quarter when Manning quarterback Justin Daniels threw a ball down field that was hauled in by wide receiver Corey Graham for a 39-yard touchdown and a 13-9 Manning lead with 9:36 to go in the game, but rather than hang their heads the Gators went work scoring the next 21 points on their way to their first win of the season 30-13 spoiling senior night at Manning.

“I wish it would have happened sooner in the game but the offense finally came alive there in the fourth quarter. We felt our offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage most of the night and we finally hit some creases and scored some points,” said an excited winning Lakewood head coach Larry Corneluis.

From Manning head coach Reggie Kennedy view, it was about finishing, “we have had the same problem all year, putting 48 minutes of football together. We played hard all night but didn’t get it done in the last part of the fourth quarter.”

The Gators onslaught began after Zayveon Wells returned the kick off 35 yards to set the offense up at the Manning 45 yard line. From there the Gators would need just seven plays to cover the 45 yards to retake the lead for good when Taron Wilson rumbled 8-yards up the middle for the score and a 16-13 lead.

The Monarch’s next possession was a quick three and out and then on the punt disaster struck when Lakewood’s Jayleal Fuller broke through and blocked the second punt of the night for the Gators and recovered it at the Manning 17.

On the next play Javontae Lewis would score his second touchdown of the night for the Gators when he started out left then cut back to middle and bolted into the endzone from the 17 stretching the lead to 10 at 23-13 at the five minute mark. Lewis’s first score came in the first quarter.

Lewis would score his third touchdown of the night with 1:42 left, bullying his way into the defense from the six-yard line after the Gators defense gave the offense another short field to work with as the drive started on the Manning 37.

The Monarchs first touchdown of the night was scored by Nizhajuan McFadden from the five yard line at the 6:32 mark of the first quarter.

Lakewood will host Crestwood next while Manning will be on the road at Lake City.



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