Lake Wales Wins State Title in Heart-stopping Finish
Last updated 12/29/2022 at 4:10pm
The Lake Wales Highlanders have completed a perfect 15-0 season with a 32-30 win over Daytona Mainland to win their first state championship.
After falling behind early by a 10-0 score, the Highlanders battled back to open a 32-23 lead late, before the Daytona Buccaneers scored to pull within two. The Highlanders defense played a major role in the game with three interceptions, including two by Phillip Davis that ended a Buccaneer drives on the Highlanders' one and two yard lines.
In a game that will be review hundreds of times, The Highlanders overcame a slow start and costly penalties to emerge on top. The Highlanders were tagged three times for offsides on kickoffs, and one single play resulted in two penalties that cost them a gain and 25 yards.
Quarterback Trent Grotjan matched the Buccaneers' vaunted Quarterback Damarcus Creecy, who proved elusive, but in the end failed to break the big running plays on keepers.
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