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September 7, 2013
It's been 2 years since Polk County rivals Lakeland and Winter Haven have played each other. Friday's highly anticipated cross-county match-up did not disappoint a rain-soaked crowd that waited through a 30 minute weather delay.
Lakeland flexed its Polk County muscle, winning 28-7 over the Blue Devils.
The Dreadnaught offense started quickly marching 74 yards for the first Touchdown of the game. Quarterback Aaron Johnson finished an almost 8 minute drive with a 19 yard touchdown run. The extra point by kicker Zack Feddeler was good.
Winter Haven could not get forward momentum during their first possession of the game. Lakeland's D.C. Campbell intercepted the ball at the Lakeland 43 yard line. Lakeland could not capitalize on the interception and went 3 and out.
After a Winter Haven punt Lakeland takes over at the 25. Driving 75 yards for a Touchdown, Lakeland's Johnson scores on a 15 yard TD run. Score now 14-0 with 4.03 left in the first half.
Winter Haven's Keland White returned ensuing kickoff to the Lakeland 25 yard line. Winter Haven, at the 16 yard line, decided to go for a touchdown instead of a field goal on 4th down, but QB Darian Mills' pass attempt to Kendrick Holland falls incomplete to keep the score 14-0 going into the half.
The big play of the 3rd quarter was Dreadnaught Kelvin Broome intercepts Blue Devils Mills' pass and returns it to the 14 yard line. Ra'Don Dwight finishes Lakeland's drive with a 1 yard TD run with 6.43 left in 3rd quarter.
Winter Haven finally gets on the board with an eight yard touchdown pass from Mills' to Tekedrick Roberson, to make the score 21-7 with 8.45 to play in the 4th. Lakeland marches 76 yards in 11 plays for a TD. Dreadnaught freshmen Anthony Davis scores on 25 yard TD run with 3.13 left in the 4th quarter. Making the score 28-7. The Blue Devils are unable to score again and the Dreadnaughts win it 28-7.
Senior Dreadnaught Linebacker Trey Threatt commented on the game and the Dreadnaught strategy "the game plan was to contain Kendrick Holland." The game plan worked, limiting Holland and Winter Haven to only 7 points.
Regarding the Dreadnaught Defense, Head Coach Bill Castle said "our Defensive line played well tonight." Commenting on Dereck Boles' 4 tackles for loss, Castle said "Boles is a great penetrator on the D line." Castle also praised his offense "our offensive line played great. Winter Haven has lots of speed on offense so we had to keep the ball out of their hands."
Lakeland is 2-0 and Winter Haven is 1-1. Next week Lakeland plays Lyman Greyhounds at Bryant Stadium. This will be the first time these two teams will meet. Winter Haven will be back in Lakeland next Friday to play George Jenkins.