Lakeland Makes Thrilling Comeback

Jonathan White scored the game-winning touchdown against Sleepy Hollow.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y.— Lakeland’s football season has been a story of perseverance and that perseverance paid off in its contest at Sleepy Hollow on Oct. 21.

Lakeland was down 27-7 midway through the third quarter but came storming back to record a 35-27 victory.

“During halftime, our seniors, led by Matt Boddie, came together and were able to get the team ready to play,” Lakeland coach Mike Meadows said. “I placed the responsibility on our captains and seniors to lead by example, show leadership and mount a comeback. We were more focused and made more plays in the second half.”

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The Hornets went ahead when Jonathan White scored on an 8-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to put Lakeland up 28-27

Justin Rivera (50 rushing yards, 7 carries, 2 touchdowns) later scored on a 35-yard touchdown scamper to seal the game.

“This win meant a lot,” Meadows said. “We talked about finishing the season playing Lakeland football with Lakeland heart. I challenged the boys to ‘hammer down’, which means to persevere and fight through adversity, with pride and they showed it in the third and fourth quarters.”

Mike Capozzi ran for 141 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. He also was 2 for 6 passing for 50 yards.

Dylan Semenza ran for 28 yards on six carries and completed all five of his pass attempts for 32 yards. Tommy Barnett (1 touchdown run) and Armando Smith (2 catches, 46 yards) also produced offensively.

Lakeland was led defensively by Raymond Stretz (13 tackles), Rivera (8 tackles), Phil Dellamonica (8 tackles) and Smith (6 tackles, 1 sack).

Lakeland (2-6) kicker Jorge Duque was clutch, going five for five on extra points.

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