Dreadnaughts Pitchfork Red Devils, 37-0

Lakeland, led by a dominating defense effort, posted its fifth shutout of the season in devasting Kathleen last Friday at Bryant Stadium.

The victory ensures a first-place finish and 4S, District 7 Championship for the Dreadnaughts and first-year Coach Marvin Frazier. The win also secures a seeding in the 2023 FHSAA Playoffs.

The Dreadnaughts began their scoring onslaught slowly. However, the game qualified for a running clock before halftime as Lakeland took a 37-0 lead in the second quarter.

Michael Walker (RB), who also plays on defense, began the scoring when he intercepted a 14-yard pass and completed the pick-6 for the touchdown. Later in the first half, Malik Morris (LB) added to the scoreboard on behalf of the defense when he blocked a punt through the end zone for a safety.

The Dreadnaughts also got into an offensive scoring groove before halftime. Michael Walker scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. Jameson Young reached the pylon on an electrifying punt return. Shanard Clower (DB), who also plays on offense, scored on a 35-yard touchdown run. The offensive scoring ended when Jamar Taylor, Jr. (WR) scored on a 17-yard pass from Zander Smith (QB).

Sadly, on the third play of the second half, a brawl erupted that involved both benches clearing and the Lakeland Police Department assisting with restoring order. Due to the melee and the insurmountable lead Lakeland had built over Kathleen, the referees called the game.

Because there were no official ejections, no suspensions will be automatically related to each team’s next game. However, there still could be suspensions based on the FHSAA’s film review of the incident. The Dreadnaughts are off next week and will begin the playoffs on November 10th. Details of the contest are yet to be determined.