Lakeland Grinds Out Blazers
September 25, 2012By William Kelly of Lakeland High School
The Lakeland Football team had their first scare of the season last Friday. Butler, Indiana served as a tough environment to play in as Lakeland didn't score on their first drive of the game for the first time all season. Cory Troyer put the Lakers on the board first with a 55 year touchdown run that was quickly followed up by an Eastside answer. Lakeland then fell behind 14-7 but kept their cool under pressure. They marched down the field with Senior Devin Dimos trotting in from 8 yards for the score. Lakeland's offense started to click as Taylor Raatz hit the paydirt from 42 yards out to give the Lakers a 21-14 lead. Lakeland did make some crucial mistakes on the goal line when they couldn't cash in from under 5 yards to score twice. A Cory Troyer touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the game for the Lakers as they final score held 37-21. Both Troyer and Raatz finished the day with 142 yards rushing and Senior Joey Fuller had 99 on the day. The defense from the Lakers wasn't their usual, yet it saved the game once again. They had 37 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 fumble recoveries all together with Logan Owens and Cory Troyer leading with five tackels a piece. Lakeland will have two home games in a row starting off with Fairfield on September 28, then Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran on October 5 (Homecoming).