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Late scores lift the Spartans

Lakewood saw a 14-0 lead third-quarter evaporate with three straight Collier touchdowns.

By Scott Roscovius, Times correspondent
Published May 19, 2007


ST. PETERSBURG - Don't tell Lakewood coach Otis Dixon that Friday night's 27-21 victory over Naples Barron Collier was simply a spring game.

Coming off a 3-7 season and with young, first-time starters at key skill positions, the Spartans showed what Dixon termed character by scoring two touchdowns in the final 69 seconds.

"We want to build character to be able to overcome adversity, " Dixon said. "The character they showed tonight they'll have to show week in and week out (in the fall)."

Lakewood saw a 14-0 lead third-quarter evaporate with three straight Collier touchdowns.

But sophomore quarterback Jacquez Jenkins found junior Joe Powell alone in the middle of the field for a 49-yard touchdown to pull the Spartans within 21-20. A 2-point conversion failed, but Lakewood recovered the ensuing onside kick. After a pass interference penalty, Jenkins scampered around right end for 21 yards to the Collier 8. One play later, Jenkins hit Powell again in the end zone for the winning score with 16.6 seconds remaining.

Jenkins completed 11-of-17 for 131 yards and three scores.