The first football game at Al Lang Stadium in 52 years was for the Mayor's Cup between Lakewood and St. Petersburg, and the Spartans added another notch on their stellar season with a 26-7 win in the game televised by Bright House Sports Network.
But, the Green Devils (4-6) controlled the pace of play in the first half, smelling the upset after scoring a touchdown on the final play of the first half to take a 7-0 lead into the locker room. Quarterback Cory D'Angelo scored on a keeper to end a drive that took the majority of the second quarter -- 8:45 to be exact. Green Devils running back Deangelo Reeves had 65 yards rushing in the first half as part of a clock-controlling ground game.
The second half was an extremely different story, however.
Junior Jocqui Ellison capped a six-play, 80-yard drive with a touchdown run to get Lakewood (9-1) on the board, but the Spartans would trail 7-6 after a missed PAT.
Later in the third, the Spartans took the lead on Lidell Golden Jr.'s three-yard touchdown run to make it 12-7, and then Ellison had a 23-yard touchdown score in the fourth quarter to make it 18-7.
Ellison added a passing score in the fourth quarter, connecting with Rodney Adams for the game's final touchdown, putting the Spartans ahead 26-7.
Ellison, filling in for injured quarterback Tracy Johnson, earned Player of the Game honors with 139 passing yards, 44 yards on the ground and three all-purpose touchdowns.
The Spartans, who claimed the Mayor's Cup trophy from St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster for the second year in a row, will go on the road for the first round of the playoffs after losing the Class 5A, District 8 championship to Robinson last week. The Spartans will play at Bishop Moore in Orlando next Friday night.