The Lake Placid Green Dragon varsity football team rebounded strongly from its anemic, fumble-filled, penalty-plagued three-point effort in last week’s game, to put 34 points on the scoreboard. Lake Placid lost the game to the Bishop Verot Vikings, 45-34, in a game played in Fort Myers Saturday night, Oct. 26, but the offensive display was something to be savored by fans and coaching staff alike. “The big improvement was there, but it’s late in the season and we should be really rolling at this point,” said Coach Jason Holden after the game.
After spotting Verot a touchdown on its opening drive, the Dragons opened things up with a 50-yard jaunt by Eldon McKenzie who was tackled just short of the goal line. On fourth-and-three, Marquavein Copeland burst into “The House” for a six-pointer. Jorge Godinez added an extra point.
After the Vikings retaliated with another touchdown, the Green Dragons rode a long kick return from McKenzie into enemy territory and, once again, Copeland took the ball across. Godinez’s kick split the uprights and the score was tied at 14.
Bishop Verot responded with a field goal which was followed, on the ensuing kickoff, by a 60-yard sprint by Copeland for six more for Lake Placid. A subsequent field goal, obligingly propelled by Godinez, made the score 24-17 in favor of Lake Placid. A quick touchdown by the Vikings at the end of the second quarter made it 24-24 as the teams headed into their locker rooms for the halftime intermission.
Following a scoreless third quarter, the Green Dragons got some more points in the final stanza, two coming on a safety when the Dragon defense caught the Vikings behind their goal line. A touchdown run by McKenzie produced six more and then, Lake Placid faked a kick on the conversion try and scored two more. That cut the deficit to 11 where things stayed until the final buzzer.
The Green Dragons host Avon Park Friday night, Nov. 2, at Roger Scarborough Memorial Field with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. Only one more game remains of the season after that, a Nov. 9 tilt against the Lemon Bay Manta Rays, also at Scarborough Field.