8/24/2012 11:17:00 PM Kingsford rolls over Lakeland in season opener T-Birds collected just two first downs in loss
Lakeland's Josh Roza (left) goes up to defend a pass during Friday's football game at Kingsford. Bryan Rose photograph
The Lakeland Union High School football team could never get on track offensively Friday night as they fell to Kingsford 42-6 on the road.
Lakeland (0-1) collected just two first downs on the night, both coming in the first half. The lone bright spot for Lakeland Friday was a 70 yard touchdown run by Tom Bruckner in the first quarter that at the time cut the Flivver lead to 14-6.
But Kingsford's Reed Larson scored on the very next play from scrimmage on a 68-yard touchdown run to answer the Thunderbirds. For the game, Larson finished with three touchdown runs, one of 50 yards and another from 38 yards out, to go with the 68-yard run. All three came in the first half as Kingsford rested their starting backfield in the second half.
At halftime, Kingsford led 28-6.
Any thoughts of a second half comeback were dashed early as Kingsford intercepted the Lakeland pass on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter and returned it to the five yard line. On the next play, they punched the ball in and went up 35-9 less than 30 seconds into the half.
Kingsford would added a second touchdown as they drove the ball 50 yards down the field and scored on a 4th and 3 pass play in the third. With the Flivvers up by 36, that triggered the mercy rule and a continuous clock which shortened the game.
For more on this game, see the Tuesday print edition of the Lakeland Times.