LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Lakewood Ranch head football coach Shawn Trent knew his young kids were going to take him on a wild ride this season.
But even then he couldn't envision what happened in the Mustangs' 21-14 victory in overtime Friday night against visiting Bayshore.
The Mustangs were coasting along with a 14-0 lead with less than nine minutes go when they unraveled and, in the span of less than four minutes the game was tied.
Bayshore (0-3) had a chance to win when the Bruins attempted a chip shot 20-yard field goal with 38 seconds left, but Andre Christiano, one of the few seniors on the squad, busted his way through and blocked the kick.
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In the tie-breaker, each team gets the ball from the 10 and the game continues until some
This time Ranch's "Kiddie Corps" didn't waste any time. On the third play, freshman A'Shawn Angell took it in from five yards out, and Hunter Cate added the extra point.
Bayshore got it down to the 2 on its first play. But Ranch safety K.J. Brown tackled Bayshore quarterback Wesley Jackson for a one-yard loss. After an incomplete pass, Brown and some of his teammates swarmed Jackson again, and the game was over.
"We needed a play, and I am senior and I had to step up," Brown said. "They made some good plays and came back, but we worked hard this season for games like this. I am disappointed we gave up the lead, but it feels good to come back and get the win. We gave up some big plays because our players were not where they were supposed to be. But we got the win; that's all that counts."
Trailing 14-0, Jackson ripped off a 49-yard run to give the Bruins a first down at the Ranch 11. Calvin Williams ran it to the 1, and Jackson took it in from there. Josh Freeman kicked the extra point, and Bayshore cut its deficit to 14-7 with 6:59 left in the game.
The Bruins got the ball on an onside kick. Two plays later, Dereck Williams broke free on a 48-yard run, and Freeman added the PAT to tie the game at 14 with 6:00 left.
"As young as we are, you will take a win anyway you can get it," Trent said. "They are huge up front and we are still pretty young on defense and we probably got a little tired. The plays we were making the first three quarters, we were just a step slower in the fourth quarter and couldn't make. They've got some phenomenal athletes and as big as they are up front they just wear at you. When those kinds of kids get out in space, it's hard to catch them.
"I wasn't surprised KJ made that stop. He is a pretty tough kid and has been here for a long time and knows the drill. We mixed up our running backs (Chris Pearcey and Angell) because they give you different looks."
Ranch (2-1) scored the game's first points when Wyatt Mcleod caught a 13-yard pass from Chad Rex with 6:49 left before halftime. The Mustangs increased their lead on Pearcey's four yard run with 4:19 left in the third quarter and got a two-point conversion on a Rex-to-Cameron Pearcey pass.
"They just get better every week. The first district game is next week, and that's what we are aiming for," Bayshore head coach J.P. Gordon said. "The play at the end was an option play, and Wes had done a pretty good job at that. Hindsight is 20-20. I turned my back on the field goal. It was a brand new kicker. It was his first football game. He got us two extra points and an onside kick, and no one can blame him. He did a heckuva job."
Angell ran for 62 yards on eight carries, and Pearcey had 55 on 10. After struggling last week with his passing, Rex completed 9 of 17 passes for 142 yards and had five passes of 20 plus yards. Jackson led Bayshore with 99 yards rushing on 15 carries and completed 7 of 13 pass attempts for 105 yards. Williams had 66 yards on 19 carries