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Great Bridge beats Cavs in Monday night football

The Lakeland football team lost to visiting Great Bridge, 22-13, on Monday. The loss drops the Cavaliers to 1-1 overall and in Southeastern District play.

Trailing by two points early in the fourth quarter, Lakeland got an interception by Jaquan Demiel and ran the ball four consecutive times to reach its own 45. However, Lakeland quarterback Neil McKoy was sacked by Patrick Gibson and his fumble was returned 40 yards for a touchdown by Laron Corbin. The PAT closed the game’s scoring with seven minutes to play.

McKoy completed 13-of-30 passes for 92 yards. He had one pass intercepted. Tyrece Shepherd, who missed last week’s game because of a district suspension left over from last season, caught a game-high five passes for 55 yards. Cedric Johnson led the Cavaliers in rushing with 57 yards in five carries.

Lakeland starters Jordan Patrick, Asaad Graham and Dontarious Boone missed the game after being suspended by the school. The players declined comment on the nature of their violation.

Great Bridge opened the scoring three minutes into the game when a punt snap cleared Rufus Artis’ hands and he recovered the ball in the end zone, giving the Wildcats a safety.

Lakeland responded two minutes later. Freshman Tyquan Lewis forced Great Bridge receiver Logan Heastie to fumble after a reception and Shepherd returned the ball 51 yards for a touchdown. Jake Estienne’s extra point gave Lakeland a 7-2 lead.

Great Bridge (2-0, 2-0) regained the lead a minute into the second quarter when Brad Hudson threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Trey Bray. Hudson attempted a conversion run, but the play failed and he hurt his knee on the effort. He didn’t return to the game.

The Wildcats pushed their lead to 14-7 three minutes into the second quarter. Safety Marc Maier intercepted a McKoy pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown. The point after made it 15-7 GB.

Lakeland pulled within 15-13 four minutes after halftime. Johnson ran four consecutive times for 38 yards, scoring on a 21-yard sweep to the left. McKoy’s pass attempt on the conversion fell incomplete.