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Dragons look to ground Eagles

The Lake Placid football team looks to rebound from last week's loss to Golden Gate with a win against Poinciana in tonight's homecoming game. The Class 4A Green Dragons come in at 1-2 after committing several costly turnovers in a 35-14 road loss to the Titans, while the Class 5A Eagles are 2-2 after knocking off Central (Brooksville) by a score of 22-8. "Poinciana is a solid football team that loves to throw the ball deep," said Lake Placid football coach Jason Holden. "That's been a weakness for us defensively because we've struggled with busted coverages and have given up some big plays. "We spent a lot of time in practice this week on making sure we know our coverage schemes."
Lake Placid has a solid rushing attack and a bevy of talented running backs, but fumbles and ill-timed penalties have short-circuited the Green Dragon offense on too many occasions. "We have matched up physically with most of our opponents, but mental mistakes and turnovers have killed us," Holden said. "We have to do a better job of holding onto the ball if we want to achieve our goals this season." Poinciana runs a spread offense led by senior quarterback Jonathan Lindstrom. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Lindstrom has a strong and accurate arm and a number of talented receivers to throw the ball to. "Lindstrom's a big kid, is patient and extremely accurate," said Holden. "They like to spread it out with an empty backfield and look for mismatches in the passing game. "Poinciana is similar to our last two opponents and we should kind of know what to expect." The Eagles use a 3-5 scheme on defense and they like to walk their outside linebackers up to the line of scrimmage. "They are very big and solid up front," Holden said. "I think we have a chance to move the ball on the ground behind our offensive line, but we have to run hard and not fumble the ball." Lake Placid is fairly healthy heading into tonight's clash in front of what should be a large homecoming crowd. "We want to come out and play well and get back on track with a win," Holden said. "Being 2-2 is a lot better than 1-3 and to do it on homecoming in front of a big crowd would be great." Lake Placid begins Class 4A-District 6 play next Friday with a home game against LaBelle and a win tonight against Poinciana would give the Green Dragons a much-needed boost of confidence. "We need to beat Poinciana to give us confidence in our ability," Holden said. "We have to get better, be more consistent and this game could be a turning point in our season." Kick off is set for 7 tonight at Roger Scarborough Memorial Field. mpinson@highlandstoday.com 863-386-5837 Poinciana at Lake Placid Where: Roger Scarborough Memorial Field When: Tonight at 7 Cost: $5