Colin Dunlap | Monday, Sept. 1, 2008
5:01 p.m. --- Lakeland scores again.
Dreadnaughts 35, Central 0 ---- 5:12 remaining in the 4th
4:49 p.m. --- Central is mounting a little bit of an offensive punch. The Vikings have mustered a first down on this drive and have pushed the ball out to the 38...we'll see what happens when the final quarter gets underway.
END OF THIRD QUARTER
4:37 p.m. --- Probably a formality at this point. But it should be mentioned that Lakeland scored again. Running back Aaron Trudell bounced outside and rolled in from the 21.
Lakeland 28, Central 0 --- 6:43 left in the 3rd quarter
4:29 p.m. --- Second half kickoff. Central kicks to Lakeland.
4:05 p.m. ---
*This Lakeland team is in another stratosphere than Central...and probably every other WPIAL Class AAAA team not named Gateway.
*When people talk about all this speed in high school football in Florida, they are not overstating it.
*Central would do well to win their conference this year. But, from the looks of this first half, even with how strong Lakeland is, it would be hard to think they could win a WPIAL title if they play like this.
*I think Central is prepared, but there is not a lot they can do because they are so athletically inferior.
3:50 p.m. --- The good news: Central hasn't given up a point in the second quarter yet.
The bad news: It is very clear they are tremendously overmatched.
Lakeland 21, Central Catholic 0 --- 3:30 left in the 2nd quarter.
3:39 p.m. --- By the way, Lakeland has a ridiculous website for a high school football program. It is quite possibly, the finest in the country devoted to a single team. You can view it at http://lakelandfootball.com/
3:36 p.m. ---
END OF THE FIRST QUARTER
3:33 p.m. --- Trouble trouble, trouble. This might be done already. Sophomore Steward Butler just went 40 yards for the third Lakeland score of the first quarter.
Lakeland 21, Central 0 --- :06 left in the 1st quarter.
3:22 p.m. --- Tack another on for Lakeland. This doesn't look good for Central.
Lakeland 14, Central 0 --- 5:07 left in the 1st quarter.
Incidentally, I wanted to show you a shot of the Lakeland Stadium just so you get a feel of exactly the level of a football program Central is playing today. Look at the following picture. We have nothing like this in Western Pennsylvania:
3:18 p.m. --- Um, well, that ain't good for the boys from Fifth Avenue.
Lakeland took the ball, on their very first offensive play, 80 yards when running back Javares McRoy scored.
Lakeland 7, Central 0 --- 6:59 1st quarter.
3:12 p.m. --- Bad, bad, bad news for Central Catholic, and it could be something that goes deeper than just this game. On the third snap, starting quarterback Nolan Krivijanski went down and had to be helped from the field. Looked like some sort of leg injury. Not good for the Vikings. Backup David Smyers has been inserted into the game. The drive stalled and kicker Matt Oczypok's 44-yard field goal was short.
3:05 p.m. --- Pregame over. Central to receive the kick. And receive they did -- Kyle Wilson brought the opening kick out across midfield where Central will take over, first and 10 at Lakeland's 42.