Lakewood Ranch upsets undefeated Port Charlotte

Special to the HeraldNovember 9, 2013 

For the Lakewood Ranch Mustangs, Friday night's game against the undefeated Port Charlotte Pirates was their championship.

The Pirates having secured a playoff spot before this regular season finale, played like it.

"It's on me, I didn't do enough to prepare my guys for this game," Port Charlotte head coach Jordan Ingman said.

Mustangs' quarterback Chad Rex threw for 126 yards on 12-19 passing to lead his team to a 14-13 win over the Pirates.

"I'm so proud of my guys, we have a young core and will be very good for the next few years," Mustangs head coach Shawn Trent said.

After a scoreless fist quarter Port Charlotte's Martin Luther punched in a 4-yard touchdown run.

Luther finished with 64-yards on nine carries.

Following the run, Lakewood Ranch (5-5) put together a scoring drive of its own.

Rex scrambled for a 5-yard touchdown run of his own.

"Our guys answered the call, they didn't get down they just kept fighting," coach Trent said.

The game was all tied up 7-7 heading into the half after the Pirates sacked Rex for a 10-yard loss on a third and long.

Port Charlotte (8-1) came out in the second half moving the ball well and ate up a lot of clock.

Traige McClary scored on a 9-yard scamper up the middle giving the Pirates a 13-7 lead with 1:00 left in the third quarter, but were unable to convert on the point after kick. The miss would turn out to be a costly one.

With the game in his hands, Rex competed five out of six passes for Lakewood Ranch before connecting with Wyatt McLeod for an 11-yard touchdown on 4-and-11.

McClary was sacked for a 5-yard loss on 4&8 with 3:46 left in the fourth quarter giving the ball back to the Mustangs.

Lakewood Ranch was able to run the clock out securing a win in its last home game of the season.

"This was great for our se

niors, I'm so happy for those guys," coach Trent said.

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