Lake Wales Highlander Football games with Southeast in the past have been competitive. Finishes have often come down to the final minutes of the game or have been determined in overtime, even double-overtime. Coach Rod Shafer says that he has been long-time close friends with Southeast Head Coach Paul Mecklee. Both men have been coaching over 30 years. Whenever they meet, Shafer says, “It’s like two old war horses coming together.”
Shafer was excited over Friday evening’s win. After the game, the locker room could only be described as buzzing with excitement. The kids had reason to be grateful as Friday night’s win was the first of a five-game season leading toward a state championship. A win each week means another Friday of game-play and brings them one step closer to the ultimate goal — a state championship.
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