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Lake Catholic vs. Akron East football: Big plays propel Dragons past Cougars
9/23/2018 7:47 PM

he story of Lake Catholic's 39-14 loss to visiting Akron East on Sept. 21 was written on the winds of big plays going against the Cougars in the second half.

With the game deadlocked at 14-14, East defensive lineman Daiiyon Somerville blocked a punt by Lake Catholic's Justin Pike. Dragons defensive back Amarian Robinson scooped up the ball and ran 20 yards to the end zone for the touchdown.

In a furious fourth quarter, the Dragons tacked on a 64-yard TD run by sophomore tailback Richtell McCallister, a 55-yard interception return for a TD by Robinson and a 95-yard interception return for a TD by Bangally Kamara.

"They made a lot of big plays," Lake Catholic coach Scott O'Donnell said, shaking his head. "Against a good team like that, you just can't make the mistakes we made tonight."

Lake Catholic slipped to 3-2 with the loss. Akron East improved to 4-1.

"After losing a tough one to Dover last week, it was important for us to bounce back with a quality win against this good Lake Catholic team," East coach Marquis Hayes said.

The Cougars had a difficult time containing senior quarterback Kyre Williams and the speedy Dragons in the first half.

After the teams exchanged punts to open a fast-paced first quarter, Williams used his arm and legs to engineer an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped by his nine-yard TD run. The PAT made it 7-0.

In a drive that spanned the latter stage of the first quarter and start of the second, Lake Catholic used nifty passing and running by senior quarterback Matt Slowey to cover 73 yards in eight plays.

Slowey's 14-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Ben Grubach, coupled with the PAT, pulled the Cougars into a 7-7 tie.

The deadlock was short-lived.

On the first play from scrimmage after a 95-yard kickoff return by junior wide receiver DeShawn Jones was negated by a holding penalty, McCallister took a pitch from Williams and raced 80 yards to paydirt at the 10:14 mark of the second quarter as the Dragons took a 14-7 lead.

The Dragons were driving for another score late in the first half when Lake Catholic senior defensive back Sean Fitzgerald intercepted a Williams pass at the 3-yard line.

East carried that 14-7 lead into halftime.

Lake Catholic pulled even at 14-14 midway through the third quarter on a 1-yard TD run by senior halfback Nate Rieple and the PAT.

Then the Dragons breathed fire with big plays and pulled away decisively. 

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