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Lakeland gridders nip West Noble

Lakeland rallied to beat West Noble, 38-36 in a NECC Big School Division football clash last Friday night in Ligonier.

Down 29-12 early in the third period, the Lakers scored four unanswered touchdowns to seize a 38-29 advantage. Nolan Isaacs triggered the LHS comeback with a 24-yard scamper to the end zone with 9:43 left in the third stanza.

Adam Kreider drew the Lakers to within five (29-24) later in the same stanza with a two-yard touchdown plunge. The visitors took their first lead of the game three minutes into the final frame on a one-yard scoring run by Gage Paulus and a two-point conversion pass from A.J. Poe to Coby Mitchell.

Paulus capped the Lakeland surge by running three yards to paydirt with 2:30 left in the tilt.

West Noble cut the margin to two with 1:20 remaining on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Chase Wroblewski to Jason Pruitt and a PAT kick by Mark Silva. But the Chargers’ on-side kick attempt failed and the Lakers were able to run out the remainder of the clock to secure their second win of the campaign.

Isaacs gained 158 yards and Kreider 136 to lead a 336-yard Laker rushing attack. Poe connected on 8-15 passes for 83 yards. Isaacs caught five of the aerials covering 53 yards.

Pruitt, whose 60-yard touchdown burst seconds into the second half gave West Noble its 17-point cushion, finished the game with 211 yards rushing. Wroblewski was 10-23 through the air for 174 yards. Josh Gross and Spencer Shrock each nabbed three receptions for 64 and 61 yards, respectively.

Lakeland, now 1-2 in the NECC and 2-5 overall, hosts 1-6 Fairfield this Friday.

GAME SUMMARY

Lakeland 38

West Noble 36

Scoring by quarters

 LL     6     6    12    14    -38

WN    7   14      8      7    -36

First Quarter

WN—Spencer Shrock 44-yard pass from Chase Wroblewski, Mark Silva kick (8:08)

LL—Nolan Isaacs three-yard run, conversion failed (4:05)

Second Quarter

WN—Wroblewski one-yard run, Silva kick (9:24)

WN—Jason Pruitt 26-yard pass from Wroblewski, Silva kick (2:28)

LL—Adam Kreider 30-yard run, conversion failed (1:29)

Third Quarter

WN—Brandon Pruitt 60-yard run, Wroblewski conversion run (11:10)

LL—Isaacs 24-yard run, conversion failed (9:43)

LL—Kreider two-yard run, conversion failed (2:31)

Fourth Quarter

LL—Gage Paulus one-yard run, Coby Mitchell conversion pass from A.J. Poe (8:59)

LL—Paulus three-yard run, kick failed (2:30)

WN—Jason Pruitt 10-yard pass from Wroblewski, Silva kick (1:20)