As the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter everyone knew you could wrap this one in Lakeland light blue and navy. The Lakeland Middle Prep football team defeated Tipton Rosemark Academy on a cool September evening at TRA field 32-8. This was the first victory in the historic first season for the middle school. “They played hard and executed well, I think it’s a glimpse into our future of how well the school can perform. We have a great coaching staff and it’s obvious the boys have really grown together in just a few weeks” said school board Chairman Kevin Floyd who attended the game.
Dressed in their road white uniforms and helmets, the Lions lead the game from start to finish and made it difficult for the rebels of TRA to move the ball. Lakeland dominated the first half and lead at the break 24-0. The rebels from Tipton Rosemark found it difficult to run the ball between the tackles often running into a pile of humanity for short gains. “It’s a big morale booster for the boys. It’s always difficult the first year in football so seeing they can compete this early really is rewarding to the kids” said parent Marty Wood.
Before the game the team was fed a meal of spaghetti, green beans and bread by local moms Missy Wright, Belinda Henry, Kristen Hicks, Rebecca Floyd, school board member Laura Harrison and Chrisann Coleman. “This is what makes Lakeland special” Commissioner Matt Wright said, “these moms do not have a player currently on the roster but they want to support this team to show them they appreciate their hard work. That’s why our schools, including the future high school, are and will be extremely successful.”