When it comes to rivalries it doesn't get any better than Kathleen versus Lakeland.
It had been 20 years since the Red Devils last defeated the Dreadnaughts, but Friday night's match-up lived up to it's billing as Lakeland stuffed Kathleen on a two-point conversion attempt in overtime to hold for a 28-27 win on the Subway Restaurants Game of the Week.
Both defenses set the tone early, forcing each team into committing two turnovers.
Late in the first quarter, Lakeland senior DB Tre' Dempsey intercepted Kathleen QB A'Treyu Farrior. The interception set up junior WR Shaquan Perkins' 6-yard touchdown reception from senior QB Isaiah Walker to give Lakeland a 14-6 lead at the half. Walker had two touchdown passes on the night.
In the second half, Walker marched into the end zone on a 1-yard run for his 10th rushing touchdown of the season to take a 21-6 lead. The score capped a 15-play, 97-yard drive.
Kathleen would fire back in the 4th quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage, Red Devils' senior RB Rovonta Johnson broke through with a 64-yard run for a touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt by Farrior was good making it a one score game, 21-14.
Farrior finished the night with 150 passing yards and two touchdowns, while adding 52 rushing yards and a score.
Less than a minute remaining in the game, Farrior found junior WR Javon Harrison across the middle and Harrison was off to the races for a 58-yard touchdown tying the game at 21 to send the game to overtime.
The Dreadnaughts struck first in overtime, when Perkins scored on a 12-yard run on a reverse to make it 28-21.
But Kathleen came right back, as Johnson marched in from 10 yards out to pull Kathleen within one. Head coach Irving Strickland decided to go for the win with a 2-point conversion, but Farrior was stuffed at the 2-yard line by the Dreadnaught defense to give Lakeland the win.
Lakeland has now beaten Kathleen in 19 straight games over a 20-year period.
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