Prep football | Largo Packers stun Southeast Seminoles with late scores in 15-14 win

jlembo@bradenton.comSeptember 1, 2012 

LARGO -- Southeast's final drive was slow, methodical and buoyed by a pair of huge pass plays.

Largo's final drive was quick and precise. And by the time it was over, there was no time left on the clock.

Bad news for Southeast.

The Seminoles opened the season in frustrating fashion, losing 15-14 to the Packers on the game's final play.

Moments after quarterback Myles Braxton-Johnson engineered an 80-yard drive that lasted more than nine minutes, Southeast watched Largo quarterback Juwan Brown loft a 17-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Campbell as the game's final seconds ticked off the clock.

One play later, running back Jarvis Stewart dropped his left shoulder and pushed his way to a game-winning two-point conversion, triggering a celebration on the home sideline and silence

on the visiting one.

"It was a good play at the end for us," said Southeast coach Paul Maechtle, "and they made a couple of good plays on their drive."

Southeast trailed 7-6 when it took over on its own 20-yard line with 10:21 left to play. The drive appeared to stall on Largo's 34, with the Seminoles facing a fourth-and-15 and 4:51 remaining.

But Braxton-Johnson hit a leaping Antonio Ray for an 18-yard gain, putting the ball on the 16. Running back Courtney Allen, who chugged for a game-high 96 yards, helped get the ball to the 5 before a sack of Braxton-Johnson put the ball on the 15.

Facing another fourth down, Braxton-Johnson called on Ray, whose catch in the back right corner of the end zone gave Southeast a 12-7 lead with 1:17 on the clock. Playing without a kicker after Andrew Hoyle was hurt during last week's Kickoff Classic, Southeast went for two for the second time. The Noles also lost their punter Friday when Josh Grabski suffered a leg injury. Maechtle isn't sure how long he will be out.

This time it worked as Allen's run pushed the Noles' lead to 14-7.

"That's a great one," Maechtle said of the drive.

The good vibes wouldn't last. Brown's shovel to Stewart took the ball from Largo's 40 to Southeast's 40 with 18 seconds left on the clock, and, after the Packers got to the 22, the Seminoles were flagged for having too many players on the field, pushing Largo to the 17.

Brown, who ran for 54 yards and threw for 136, hit Campbell in the right corner of the end zone. Moments later, Stewart put the cap on the night, which included his rushing for 67 yards and a second-quarter touchdown.

Southeast scored 25 seconds before halftime when Braxton-Johnson and Ray connected on an 8-yard pass, a play that perked up a quiet Noles' sideline.

"There were times in the first half where I didn't know what we were as a team," Maechtle said. "There wasn't anybody excited, nobody was doing stuff, it was a flat sideline. And the second half we sparked it up and played a little bit better."

Southeast got the ball to Largo's 7 on its second drive of the game, but the Packers gained possession when Claxton Boykin fell on Braxton-Johnson's errant pitch. The Noles returned the favor in the second quarter, when Largo's Raheem Harvey nabbed a 30-yard reception but fumbled after being hit. The Noles recovered the ball in the end zone less than two minutes before the half and wound up scoring.

"We'll grow as a football team," Maechtle said.

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