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Football: Lake Gibson 28, Largo 14

LAKELAND — As Jarvis Stewart sprinted 74 yards, untouched into the end zone for the first score of the game, it looked like Largo was on its way to spoiling Friday's senior night at Lake Gibson.

But the senior missed most of the half with an injury, and Largo's big opening surge slowed. Then Lake Gibson took control, scoring 28 straight points in their 28-14 victory.

"Started off on fire, but we didn't finish," Largo coach Rick Rodriguez said. "You've got to play four quarters. We couldn't block them; the biggest thing was we didn't block them real well."

Stewart returned for the Packers (6-2) in the second half, but after a frenetic opening quarter that saw Stewart's long touchdown, a muffed Lake Gibson (5-2) kickoff leading to another Largo touchdown and an onside kick recovery, the Packers never found the end zone again.

They piled up 271 yards against a stout Lake Gibson defense, but couldn't get back on the scoreboard, misfiring on a pair of field goals. Despite three turnovers, quarterback Trey Congdon led the Braves to 28 straight points, highlighted by a 15-yard scoring toss to Kendall Gant to take the lead in the third quarter.

"Our kids don't quit," Lake Gibson head coach Keith DeMyer said. "We've been in a lot of games over the years like this where we're behind, and they don't have a problem coming back."

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Football: Lake Gibson 28, Largo 14 10/26/13 [Last modified: Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:26am]
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