Fort Wayne Concordia ended the Lakeland football campaign last Friday night in LaGrange with a 28-14 victory over the Lakers in the opening round of the 3A state playoffs.
The Cadets, who dealt Lakeland a 35-3 setback two weeks earlier in Fort Wayne, jumped to a 14-0 lead five minutes into the first period on a 63-yard touchdown jaunt by Jon Poore and a 32-yard scoring pass from David Morrison to Jake Minnich. Andrew Wick followed each tally with a PAT kick.
Morrison tossed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Devin Sparks late in the second quarter to give the visitors a 21-0 halftime lead. Midway through the third period, Jorden Kindig snared an 11-yard aerial from Morrison for the fourth Concordia touchdown and a 28-0 edge.
Lakeland cut the difference in half by the end of the third stanza thanks to long touchdown passes from William Kelly to Wyatt Petty (82 yards) and Joel Miller (51 yards). Marco Olivares capped each with extra-point boots.
Arron Barker’s recovery of a Concordia fumble early in the fourth quarter put the ball back into the Lakers’ hands near midfield. But the Lakeland offense could do nothing with the turnover.
The Cadets then went on a 10-play, 65-yard drive which, though it didn’t yield and points, ate up nearly all of the remaining time on the clock.
Morrison was 16-28 through the air for 268 yards. Poore carried the pigskin 26 times for 250 yards.
Kelly completed 10-28 passes for 203 yards. Petty hauled in three receptions for 116 yards and Miller snagged three for 77.
Petty and Kyle Casper led the Laker defense in tackles with 10 and nine, respectively.
Lakeland finishes the season 7-3.
Concordia takes a 7-3 mark into second-round action this Friday at Bellmont (5-5).
Fort Wayne Concordia 28
Scoring by quarters
FC 14 7 7 0 -28
LL 0 0 14 0 -14
FC—Jon Poore 63-yard run, Andrew Wick kick
FC—Jake Minnich 32-yard pass from David Morrison, Wick kick
FC—Devin Sparks 34-yard pass from Morrison, Wick kick
FC—Jorden Kindig 11-yard pass from Morrison, Wick kick
LL—Wyatt Petty 82-yard pass from William Kelly, Marco Olivares kick
LL—Joel Miller 51-yard pass from Kelly, Olivares kick
Total Yards 512 201
Rushing 244 -2
Passing 268 203
Total Plays 69 52
First Downs 24 8
Turnovers 3 3
Penalties 3-30 4-30
LL—Wallace 6-19; Roebel 7-19
FC—Morrison 16-28, 268
FC—Kindig 5-61; Morris 4-61; Minnich 4-59; Sparks 2-65
LL—Petty 10-116; Miller 3-77
LL—Petty 10; Casper 9; Moore 7; Sams 7