Landon Football 28 BOYS LATIN 31

The Bears traveled to West Lake Avenue to meet an MIAA foe on their fancy renovated field. Both teams displayed great spirit, but the Lakers made some key plays in the last quarter to earn a 31-28 win.

Yes, it was 100° on the field, but the Bears’ summer conditioning served them well; the visitors had fewer cramped players. The Baltimore referees found more fault with Landon’s play, however those calls did not decide the game. The margin of victory was literally the BL punter and placekicker. His field goal was the score differential and his booming high punts kept the Bears at bay. He’s already committed to be a member of the Wake Forest 2020 recruiting class.

Landon received the kick off (in the end zone) and drove 80 yards in 8 plays. The BL defense could not cope with the Bear blocking and they had problems tackling Messrs. Johari Johnson, Colton Rupp and Josh Hunter. An inside reverse by Johari mystified the Lakers so he scooted the last 16 yards for a TD. Jake Howard had the PAT at 9:13 to take a BEARS 7 LAKERS 0 lead.

BL got the ball at its 38 yard line and drove the ball 39 yards where their talented PK hit a 41 yard field goal. At 5:49 BEARS 7 LAKERS 3.

Starting at their won 20 Josh and Colton moved the ball on two consecutive long runs, but the 3rd play resulted in a fumble.

The Landon D was able to force a punt after 3 plays with Keith Simms’ knock down of a Laker pass as a key play.

The Bear offense returned to the field and attacked. Runs by Josh, Colton and Johari resulted in a nine play drive with Johari taking it in from 48 yards out; Jake’s PAT made it BEARS 14 LAKERS 3 at 7:35.

BL decided to go to the air and two passes were incomplete while the 3rd down attempt was brought to sudden end with a Keith sack. The BL punt gave Landon the ball, but the Bear O had to return the ball after three plays.

The Laker passing attack tested Landon’s secondary, but Tommy Crittenberger and Luke Kurtz successfully defended against the receivers. Landon got the ball with 3:28 left in the half but were unable to score.

HALFTIME BEARS 14 LAKERS 3

 

The Lakers came out of halftime to receive the ball and try to solve the Bears’ defense; three plays later they punted. A Landon 12 play drive ended in a fumble, but the visitors were able to stifle BL again. The Wake Forrest recruit boomed a high punt and at the end of the exchange, the home team had the ball close to their own goal. Two plays later they scored their first TD on a pass. LAKERS 10 BEARS 14 with 3:33 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

Landon’s offense was now met with an energized BL defense and had to punt after 5 plays. With 1:15 the Lakers took the ball; two incompletes and one sack (by Koko Avedisian) created the hope that the visitors might get the ball back. The high risk/high reward of the Lakers’ spread formation passing attack clicked with a 23 yard TD to start the 4th period.

END OF 3RD QUARTER LAKERS 17 BEARS 14

The offense was having a tough time dealing with the BL’s run blitzes and to punt to the home team. The kick was caught on the fly and 70 yards later the Laker returner scored LAKERS 24 BEARS 14 at 10:00.

It could have been very easy for the Bears to fold, it was extremely hot and two bad bounces had changed the momentum. Much to their credit, they mounted a 12 play drive with runs by Robbie Adkins, Colton, Josh, Julius Kindfuller, Joey Epstein and Tommy Crittenberger. Robbie found Julius with a 16 yard pass for a TD at 5:35. The 2 point PAT attempt failed. LAKERS 24 BEARS 21.

The home team drove the ball 65 yards in 5 plays and scored at 3:44. LAKERS 31 BEARS 21

Landon’s comeback was interrupted by a Laker interception, but two plays later the possession was returned to the visitors with a fumble. With 3:07 remaining Robbie found Joey for a 44 yard TD pass. LAKERS 31 BEARS 28.

The Bear D got the ball back with 1:05 remaining, but another interception foiled a Landon miracle.

FINAL SCORE LAKERS 31 BEARS 28

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  1. Thanks Sandy, great coverage. This lost victory may be very well be returned later on after this early season game, in an IAC game that may be a difference maker.
    Landon Forever!
    Buck ’75


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