ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood trailed 20-7 and coach Cory Moore knew he had to do something at halftime. After Northeast scored to open the fourth quarter Friday, the Spartans ran off 28 straight points en route to a 35-26 win.
"Our defensive coordinator Coach Cooper challenged the team at halftime," Moore said. "Northeast runs the ball right at you and we had to be up to the challenge."
Northeast opened the scoring on a 9-yard run by Dominique Ellis, but the Spartans answered on a 7-yard run by Dante Fowler. Then Tavares Dunlap, who ran for 228 yards, took over.
After a Taron Williams 1-yard sneak gave Northeast the lead, Dunlap scored on runs of 85 and 16 yards to put the Vikings ahead 26-7.
Byronton Jackson scored on consecutive possessions with 2-yard touchdown runs to close the gap to 26-20. After a Northeast fumble, Alphonso Evans led the Spartans down the field. Facing a third-and-long from the Vikings' 19-yard line, Evans scrambled 18 yards to the 1-yard line. He finished the drive with a sneak.
"I've been told all season that when things break down to use my feet," Evans said. "My offensive line said I could get comfortable and they would take care of me."
Northeast tried to answer but Chris Walker picked off a pass and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown to put away the game.