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Lakeland gridders rip Fairfield

Lakeland rolled to a 34-7 NECC Big School Division football win over Fairfield last Friday night at Laker Field.

Coach Keith Thompson’s squad struck twice in the final two minutes of the first period to seize control of the contest. Halfback Adam Kreider scampered four yards for a touchdown and ran in the ensuing two-point conversion try to put the Lakers up, 8-0.

Fairfield could not move the ball on its next possession and was forced to punt. Austin Collins fielded the boot on his own 32 and raced 68 yards to paydirt, upping the Lakeland lead to 14-0.

Collins was far from done, however. Midway through the second quarter, the Laker safety stepped in front of a Kordell Hofer pass and returned it for a touchdown. The play sent Lakeland into the halftime break holding a 20-0 advantage.

The Lakers boosted its edge to 28-0 with 5:58 to play in the third period on a three-yard run by Gage Paulus and a two-point pass from A.J. Poe to Cayden Ritchie. Fairfield finally got on the board seconds later when Tyshawn Knight retrained the ensuing kickoff 87 yards for a score.

Kreider capped off a 189-yard rushing night late in the fourth quarter with a seven-yard touchdown scamper. Lakeland gained all of its 372 yards of total offense on the ground.

Friday’s result left Lakeland 2-2 in the NECC and 3-5 overall. Winless Fremont hosts the Lakers in the regular-season finale this Friday.


Lakeland 34

Fairfield 7

Scoring by quarters

   FF     0     0     7     0     -7

   LL   14    6     8     6    -34

First Quarter

LL—Adam Kreider four-yard run, Kreider conversion run (2:12)

LL—Austin Collins 68-yard punt return, conversion failed (0:53)

Second Quarter

LL—Collins pass interception return, conversion failed (5:07)

Third Quarter

LL—Gage Paulus three-yard run, Cayden Ritchie conversion pass from A.J. Poe (5:58)

FF—Tyshawn Knight 87-yard kickoff return, Nolin Sharick kick (5:43)

Fourth Quarter

LL—Kreider seven-yard run, kick failed (4:36)


                                FF             LL

Total Yards           208         372

Rushing                 73           372

Passing                   135              0

First Downs           11              24

Penalty Yards       50              70

Turnovers              3                   2



FF—Knight 5-31; Hofer 8-30; Kitson 4-9; Apple 1-3

LL—Kreider 32-189; Paulus 16-136; Schlabach 8-35; Ritchie 1-5; Poe 2-3; Isaacs 2-3; Alleshouse 1-2




FF—Hofer 15-38, 135

LL—Poe 1-4, 0


FF—Knight 4-52; Lantz 4-29; Miller 2-23; Sharick 3-20; Rodriguez 2-11

LL—Isaacs 1-0

Tackle Leaders

FF—Hostetler 9.5; Kitson 9.0; Brandenberger 8.5; Hendrix 8.0

LL—Lambright 6.5; Schlabach 6.0; Collins 5.5