By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports
IN A NUTSHELL: Lemon Bay ran a combined 359 yards against Cypress Lake, led by Brayden Curry’s total of 148. Victor Mellor, Logan Lydic and Curry each scored on the ground and Lemon Bay’s defense stopped a go-ahead 2-point conversion attempt midway through the fourth quarter to preserve a 20-19 victory for its first win of the season.
DID YOU SEE THAT: After Isaiah Thomas scored a touchdown to pull Cypress Lake to within a point, the Panthers decided to go for two to take the lead. Quarterback Kelsey Demps, who gashed Lemon Bay’s defense for 171 yardson the ground, took the snap and tried to push through the line. He evaded two Manta Rays, as he did many through the night, but couldn’t get by Rob Cerami, who managed to grab ahold of Demps and bring him to the turf in a pivotal play in the game.
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: Cypress Lake faced a 4th-and-14 with under a minute to play at its own 43, trying to push its way into field goal range. Demps took the snap and rushed up the left sideline, evading defenders and breaking tacklers before finally being tackled at Lemon Bay’s 43-yard line, one yard short of the chains to send the Manta Rays into jubilation.
UNSUNG HERO: Logan Lydic helped spot Brayden Curry in the second half after Curry ran for 111 yards on 20 carries in the first half. Lydic ran for 98 yards on 12 carries — all in the second half — and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the second half. Lydic also recovered a fumble by Cypress Lake on the opening kickoff that led to Curry’s touchdown less than three minutes into the game.
THEY SAID IT: “We knew we had to put everything we had, all the pain we had and go 100 percent on that one play because that would determine the game right there. He escaped us a few times and when I saw him spill out I knew I just had to stay still, watch where he was going and just attack him as hard as I could. I had to make sure I didn’t lunge at home because if he had gotten around me, he most likely would have scored so I just had to get him down as quick as possible.” — Rob Cerami of his stop on Cypress Lake’s 2-point try.
LEMON BAY 20, CYPRESS LAKE 19
Cypress Lake 13 0 0 6 — 19
Lemon Bay 13 0 7 0 — 20
LB — Curry 1 run (run failed) 9:37
CL — Thomas 12 run (kick failed) 6:05
CL — Demps 90 run (jones kick) 2:43
LB — Mellor 40 run (Rusher kick) 0:42
LB — Lydic 1 run (Rusher kick) 9:08
CL — Thomas 11 run (run failed) 5:55
First Downs 11 21
Rushes/yds 32-269 53-359
Passing yds 71 40
C-A-I 9-14-0 4-9-2
Fumbles/lost 4-2 1-1
Penalties/yds 8-60 12-110
Rushing: Cypress Lake: Kelsey Demps 17-171-1, Isaiah Thomas 11-83-2, Keyon Brawner 1-14, Joe Lemoine-Jefferson 3-1; Lemon Bay: Brayden Curry 29-148-1, Victor Mellor 9-99-1, Logan Lydic 12-98-1, Hunter Weir 2-18, Hayden Wolff 1- -4.
Passing: Cypress Lake: Kelsey Demps 9-13-71-0, Keyon Brawner 0-1-0; Lemon Bay: Hayden Wolff 4-9-40-0.
Receiving: Cypress Lake: Isaiah Thomas 4-35, Chris Joseph 2-16, Jermaine Teague 1-9, Najir Scott 1-8, Ryan Farrell 1-3; Lemon Bay: Victor Mellor: 2-28, Brayden curry 2-12.