Cavaliers come up short

Published 12:48 am Saturday, November 2, 2013

Lakeland High School led 14-0 at halftime on Friday night against host Deep Creek High School, but Cavaliers head coach Bryan Potts was not satisfied.

“My whole speech at halftime was we were letting them hang around,” he said.

Like he warned his players, the Hornets ended up taking advantage in the second half.

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They took a 21-14 lead, but Lakeland made a last-gasp effort in the final minute, getting a safety with about 25 seconds remaining.

After the free kick, Cavaliers senior quarterback Markese Wright scrambled for about 12 yards to the Hornets 30-yard line. With 1.1 seconds left on the clock, he heaved a pass that was completed to junior wide receiver Convon’Tra Revell. Revell knocked over one of the end zone pylons, but was ruled down at the half-yard line with the clock already at zero.

“I don’t understand how we can knock the pylon over and not get called for a touchdown,” Potts said.

The play secured a 21-16 win for the Hornets.

Lakeland sophomore running back/defensive back Jordan Stokley produced all of the scoring in the first half of the game. He returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and found the end zone on a five-yard run in the second quarter.

Potts said his defense played poorly at times, and in the second half, the Cavs shot themselves in the foot with costly turnovers and three-and-outs.

“Offensively, we did nothing to help ourselves,” Potts said.

Starting junior quarterback Miles Goodman threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown in the third quarter, prompting Potts to replace him with Wright, similar to last week’s game against Western Branch High School.

Wright threw an interception, as well, setting up Deep Creek’s tying score. A lost fumble later set up the Hornets’ go-ahead touchdown.

For its 2013 season finale, Lakeland (1-8, 1-7) hosts Grassfield High School next Friday night.