Lakota East (1-1) new head coach Rick Haynes got a crash course in "How to Handle Adversity 101" in his first win at the school.
Haynes' squad went down 14-0 to Glen Este (1-1) just 13 minutes into the contest. The Thunderhawks' starting quarterback Rob Harpring got sick with a stomach flu, and Haynes young squad committed two turnovers inside their own territory in the fourth quarter. All these road blocks could detour Lakota East from victory.
In a five minute stretch during the last half of the third quarter Lakota East outscored the Trojans 17-0 to take a 24-14 lead that they would never relinquish.
A Bobby Kenney 38-yard field goal started the scoring barrage. Trevor Huizenga, filling in for Harpring, went 45-yards off guard on a delayed quarterback draw for a score. Less than two minutes later he found J.D. Whetsel on a safety screen down the sidelines for a 36-yard touchdown.
Glen Este was able to capitalize on a muffed pump as quarterback Shane Seckman found tailback Alex Scardina on 5-yard scoring pass to make the score 24-21 with 4:47 left in the battle. It was Seckman's second scoring toss on the night. He hit classmate Austin Duncanson from 26-yards out to get the scoring started. It would be the first of two Duncanson scores in an eight minute period which he dominated in the first half.
That would leave the Trojans in a dogfight until Huizenga threw an ill-advised interception with time winding down in the game.
Glen Este found themselves in a position to kick a game tying field goal with under a minute left only to find the attempt blocked. Huizenga took a knee to preserve the "W" for Lakota East.
Written by: Greg Shoemaker, TriStateFootball.com