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Lakeland footballers crushes Central Noble

Senior quarterback William Kelly passed for three touchdowns and the defense forced seven turnovers to help Lakeland brush aside Central Noble, 51-14 in NECC football action last Friday night in Albion.

On their second offensive play of the game, the Lakers struck paydirt when senior Joel Miller caught a Kelly pass at his own 38 and out raced the Cougar defenders to the end zone to complete a 73-yard touchdown. Senior place-kicker Marco Olivares tacked on the first of his six PAT kicks to give Lakeland a 7-0 lead four minutes into the tilt.

The Lakers missed a field goal on their next possession, but cashed in on their third try when Kelly hit senior Quinten Bender with a five-yard scoring strike. Olivares put Lakeland up 17-0 late in the opening stanza when he drilled a 19-yard field goal.

Kelly’s third and final touchdown toss of the game came midway through the second period and went to senior Hunter Sams. Kelly finished the contest 9-16 passing for 148 yards.

Central Noble cut the halftime difference to 24-7 on a five-yard touchdown sprint by Garren Deck late in the second period. But four Lakeland touchdown runs in the second half – two by sophomore Josh Collyer and one each by Bender and senior Kyle Casper – put the game out of reach.

Six different backs gained yardage for the Lakers, led by Sams with 51 in six totes and Collyer with 44 in eight. Miller snagged three receptions for 93 yards.

Seniors Wyatt Petty and Evan Garretson topped the hard-hitting Lakeland defense with eight and seven tackles, respectively.

Lakeland (3-0) hosts Angola (2-1) this Friday.

GAME SUMMARY

Lakeland 51

Central Noble 14

Scoring by quarters

    LL    14    10    7    20    -51

    CN     0      7    0      7    -14

First Quarter

LL—Joel Miller 73-yard pass from William Kelly, Marco Olivares kick

LL—Quinten Bender five-yard pass from Kelly, Olivares kick

LL—Olivares 19-yard field goal

Second Quarter

LL-- Hunter Sams one-yard pass from Lelly, Olivares kick

CN—Garren Deck five-yard run, Kyle Burns kick

Third Quarter

LL-- Kyle Casper 12-yard run, Olivares kick

LL—Bender 13-yard run, Olivares kick

Fourth Quarter

LL—Josh Collyer six-yard run, Olivares kick

LL—Collyer four-yard run, kick failed

CN—Jordon Cooper 65-yard run, Burns kick

TEAM STATISTICS

                        LL                CN

Total Offense    300               191

Rushing Yards  152               151

Passing Yards   148                 40

Total Plays       53                  56

First Downs      13                  13

Turnovers         1                      7

Penalties           8-70           2-16

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing

LL—Sams 6-51; Collyer 8-44; Casper 5-33; Bender 4-22; Troyer 2-10; Roebel 1-5; Evans 1-(-1); Kelly 3-(-12)

CN—Cooper 8-72; Deck 16-68; Tayloe 5-30; Collins 7-14; M. Smith 2-10; Burns 1-4; Mock 2-(-1); S. Smith 10-(-47)

Passing

LL—Kelly 9-16, 148

CN—S. Smith 3-6, 40

Receiving

LL—Miller 3-93; Petty 2-31; Bender 2-17; Sams 2-7

CN—Cochard 2-17; Kirkpatrick 1-23

Tackle Leaders

LL—Petty 8; Garretson 7; Evans 6; Moore 6

CN—Cooper 4; Murillo 4; McDonald 4