by Rick Ford
The evening was crisp and excitement was in the air. Following a pre-game that included a performance by a former American Idol participant and a coin toss administered by the Marines using a USMC coin, the Lakeland Dreadnaughts and the Kathleen Red Devils took the field.
The first quarter started off with back and forth football that saw neither team putting points on the board. The Dreadnaughts made the most serious threat, marching to the Red Devil 3-yard line before a penalty pushed them back to the 8. Two attempts at the end zone saw Lakeland come short and turn the ball over on downs.
The second quarter started with Kathleen backed up against its own goal line. They would not move the ball and it was Lakeland’s turn to put points on the board. And that they did with a 48-yard burst up the middle by #4 Steward Butler with 7:36 to play in the half.
After a scoreless first quarter, the second quarter turned into a scoring explosion. With 2:38 to go in the half, Lakeland’s Tim Evans broke loose for another 40-yard score to make it 14-0 Dreadnaughts.
Not to be denied, the Red Devils came back and scored with 2:00 to go in the quarter, but missed the extra point to make it 14-6. In the blink of an eye, Lakeland’s Steward Butler broke free and scored on his second 40+ yard scamper to the end zone, making the score at the half to 21-6.
Coming out of the locker room with a purpose, Kathleen would take an impressive kick-off return to the 50-yard line and march the ball into the end zone to tighten the score at 21-13.
But the Lakeland team would not be quiet for long, scoring with just over 5 minutes to go in the third quarter to bring the score at the end of the third to 28-13 Dreadnaughts.
The fourth quarter would belong to the Dreadnaughts. Their relentless ground game and multiple weapons in Butler and Evans proved too much for the Red Devils on this chilly November night. Final score, Lakeland 47 – Kathleen 20 in front of over 8,000 fans.
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- Lakeland vs. Kathleen – 2010