The LaBelle Cowboys escaped with a win on their home field, as a late fourth quarter, fourth down stop propelled them to a 28-21 win over visiting Lake Placid.
After giving up a 65-yard rushing touchdown on the opening drive to Green Dragons quarterback, Tay Williams, LaBelle was able to fight back and score 28 straight points.
The 28-point scoring run for LaBelle included 21 points in just over five and a half minutes to end the first quarter.
LaBelle was keyed by a Noah Lawson fumble recovery on a kick return at 5:35 in the first quarter at their opponent’s 20-yard line. This followed a 1-yard touchdown run that Maynard Blackmon had scored to tie the game at 7. Blackmon had a strong showing with 67 yards in the game.
With momentum on their side LaBelle struck quickly as they scored on a 20-yard pass from Tyler Burton to Denilson Casseus.
La’Travis Williams added two scores in the game, one as time expired in the first quarter and early in the second quarter. It was not the usual strong performance for Williams as he only totaled 23 yards on 13 carries.
The second half belonged to Lake Placid but their comeback effort fell just short. On a fourth down with just over one minute remaining, Lake Placid was stopped inches short of a first down and lost an opportunity to tie the game. The fourth down failure occurred at the LaBelle 11-yard line.
After the contest coach Chris Siner said, “Next year we have to learn how to finish teams.” He added, “Our defense made a play when they had to, but we got lucky tonight.”
LABELLE 28, LAKE PLACID 21
LP 7 | 0 | 7 | 7 — 21
LB 21 | 7 | 0 | 0 — 28
LP: Tay Williams 65 run (Carlos Santana-Bravo kick) 10:45
LB: Maynard Blackmon 1 run (Jonathan Morales kick) 5:46
LB: Denilson Cassius 20 pass from Tyler Burton (run failed) 4:55
LB: La’Travis Williams 6 run (Angel Vargas run) :00
LB: Williams 2 run (Morales kick) 9:12
LP: James Blake 1 run (Santana-Bravo kick) 9:11
LP: Katwan Ward run (Santana-Bravo kick) 8:07
LaBelle: Tyler Burton 8-11-120-1-1. Lake Placid: Tay Williams 2-3-10-0-1; Cade Simmons 0-1.
LaBelle: Tyler Burton 9-0; Maynard Blackmon 7-67; La’Travis Williams 13-23; Adan Zamarron 4-0; Tyler Vahle 1-3. Lake Placid: Katwan Ward 14-61; Tay Williams 11-154; Markie McCray 5-14; Carlos Santana-Bravo 1-2; Cole Prescott 4-(-13); James Blake 5-69.
LaBelle: Angel Vargas 2-20; Denilson Casseus 1-20; Michael Rothenhoefer 1-14; La’Travis Williams 4-66. Lake Placid: Katwan Ward 1-1; Markie McCray 1-9.