Battling on even terms

LAKE PLACID - Heading into Week 8 of the Mid Florida Football and Cheer Conference (MFCC) youth football season, the Lake Placid Green Dragons hosted the Sebring Blue Streaks on Saturday. When the dust settled, Lake Placid won two games, Sebring won two games and the playoff picture became a little clearer. In the Flag game, Lake Placid beat Sebring 20-14. Each team came into the game with a 5-2 record and needing a win to stay tied for second place in the District 5 Citrus division with the Frostproof Bulldogs. Alfredo Archer scored two touchdowns for the Green Dragons and Edwin Williams added a third as Lake Placid earned the victory.
With the win, they forced a wild card game against Frostproof with the winner getting into the playoffs. Date and time have not been determined yet. In the Mitey Mite contest, Sebring blanked Lake Placid 57-0. Sebring came into the game with an unblemished 7-0 record against Lake Placid which sported a 3-4 record. Sebring has been a juggernaut throughout the season, averaging nearly 25 points a game while not surrendering a single point. Jayden Garrett started the scoring barrage for the Blue Streaks with a 30-yard touchdown run. Eugene Johnson then scored on a fumble recovery return for a touchdown. Blue Streak quarterback Gregory Smith III then added three touchdowns on runs of 46, 52 and 50 yards and Johnson capped off the scoring blitz for the first half with his second fumble recovery returned 30 yards for touchdown. Sebring went into the half with a 39-0 lead. Throughout the game, the Sebring defense often penetrated into the Lake Placid backfield before the quarterback was able to hand the ball off. Blue Streak Trent Taesean was the main nemesis as he took the ball out of the quarterback's hands and ran 25 yards for the score to start the second half. With a 45-0 lead, Sebring scored twice more. The first being on a 35-yard pass from Smith to Garrett and Smith ended the day scoring his fourth touchdown on a 38-yard run to make the final score 57-0. With the win, Sebring is solidly in first place with an 8-0 record. Lake Placid dropped to 3-5. Sebring outscored Lake Placid 42-36 in the Pee Wee contest. Both teams still vying for a playoff spot with Sebring at 6-1 and Lake Placid at 5-2 coming into the game. It was a see-saw battle as both teams scored at will and often in the first half. Sebring put the first point on the board after Trenton Brown intercepted a pass and returned to back to the Lake Placid 12-yard line. Landen Campbell later powered the ball over the goal line from 4 yards out as Sebring took a 6-0 lead. Lake Placid answered with two touchdowns of their own by the speedy Anthony Allen. Allen scored on a 20-yard run to tie the game at 6 and after Lake Placid recovered a fumble, Allen put the Green Dragons in the lead, 12-6, with a 47-yard run. Sebring's Elijah McGahee put Sebring back in the lead on a 75-yard scamper. With the two-point conversion, Sebring led 14-12. Lake Placid answered as Allen scored his third touchdown as Lake Placid led 20-14 after the first quarter. Sebring took command of the second quarter as they posted 22 unanswered points on the board on a 2-yard run by Campbell and touchdown runs of 29 and 20 yards by Kavonte Jones as the Blue Streaks built a 36-20 lead. Lake Placid fought back and scored once more before the half on a 62-yard run by Austin Wilson to get within 36-28. As much as the offenses dominated the first half, the second half was more on the defense. Wilson tied the game at 36 for Lake Placid late in the third quarter on an 87-yard sweep to the left side. In the fourth quarter, Lake Placid recovered a fumble on their 27-yard line with 9 minutes left to play. They drove the ball to the Sebring 29 before experiencing a couple of ball handling mishaps had them facing a fourth down from their 40. With just over three minutes left in the game, Lake Placid elected to punt the ball. Sebring returned the punt 50 yards to the Lake Placid 11-yard line. With less than a minute to play, Edrick Lockett Jr crossed the goal line from 2 yards out to put Sebring back on top 42-36. Lake Placid got the ball back, with no time outs. They got the ball to Sebring's 25 as time expired. The win improves Sebring to 7-1 for the season and tied for first with Avon Park. Lake Placid dropped to 5-3. Lake Placid whipped Sebring by a score of 33-6 in the Junior game. Lake Placid moved 90 yards with Quwesmael Sholtz scoring on a 20-yard run. Sebring fired right back on its next possession, driving the ball inside Lake Placid's 10-yard line. Jatavian Holder ran it in to knot the score at 6. Again, Lake Placid responding quickly, this time on a 55-yard bootleg down the right sideline by Sholtz to put the Green Dragons back in the lead 12-6. Sebring went on the move again as they drove into Lake Placid territory with time running out in the second quarter. In an turn of events, Lake Placid's Niquan Allen intercepted a Sebring pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown to give the Green Dragons a 19-6 halftime lead. Sebring never rebounded in the second half as Lake Placid scored twice more in the second half to beat the Blue Streaks 33-6. The win improved the Green Dragons to 7-1 and kept them tied for first in the Junior District 5 Citrus division with Avon Park. Avon Park holds the tie breaker by beating Lake Placid earlier in the year. Sebring fell to 5-3. Avon Park won all four games they played against the Davenport Wildcats and all four teams are in contention for the playoffs. On Saturday, Lake Placid and Sebring are on the road as the Green Dragons travel to play the Cypress Gardens Gators and the Blue Streaks play the Lakeland Storm. Avon Park is at home to face the Bartow Yellow Jackets.