There’s such a thing as playing football in the rain, and there is such a thing as winning, and winning itself could be considered even sweeter when faced with such soggy weather. But the Highlanders proved their excellence on Legion Field, as they pocketed a victory, beating Immokalee by 19-14.
With 7:16 left on the clock in the 4th quarter, Immokalee’s D. Johnson was intercepted by Lake Wale’s Darion Staten. The Indian’s defense responded by bringing down running back Justin Henderson for a loss a play later and went on to stop the run to force a punt. Matthewson’s punt was a good one, and it sailed to the 26-yard line.
Darion Staten intercepted another Johnson pass, his second for the night, to give the Highlander’s great field position at the 34-yard line. However, they go on to fumble and the Indians recover. But the Lake Wales defense stepped up to force a safety on the Indians and increase their lead by two more. The score is now 19-14, Lake Wales.
The Lake Wales offense kept it on the ground with Tony Reeves running 40 yards. A personal foul against Lake Wales brought the ball back ten yards to the 40-yard line. Both Henderson and Reeves get a workout with successive runs to run down the clock. At 2:45 to go, Lake Wales will punt on 4th down.
The Indians’ Johnson goes to the air with 2 minutes to go. He completed several times to get into Highlander territory before a holding call on their offense brought the ball back to the 50-yard line. This time, Johnson, under pressure, feels the heat and is intercepted by the Lake Wales defense as he once again goes to the air.
Lake Wales wins as Railond Garrett takes a knee. The final score is 19-14 Highlanders.