MANSFIELD — The Mansfield Lake Ridge Eagles made a valiant comeback attempt but fell short, falling to the Lancaster Tigers 35-34 Friday at R.L. Anderson Stadium.
The Eagles trailed 35-14 entering the fourth quarter, but two onside kick recoveries gave them a chance.
Jalyn Hernandez’s 40-yard touchdown reception cut the lead to 14 with 11:08 left in the game. Then, Duke Carter capped a 50-yard, seven-play drive to cut Lancaster’s lead to seven.
Two possessions later, facing fourth-and-1 at the Lancaster 30, Carter was stopped behind the line of scrimmage but lateraled to quarterback Jett Duffey, who scored untouched.
The Eagles (1-6, 0-4) lined up for the conversion kick, but faked it and Lancaster intercepted the pass in the end zone.
The Eagles’ defense stopped Shannon Simpson on fourth-and-1 at the Lake Ridge 45.
But after Carter’s 45-yard run was called back for a holding penalty, D.J. Davis’ interception sealed the Lancaster win.
Playing defending state runner-up but struggling Lancaster (3-4, 2-2), Lake Ridge pulled even 14-14 after Deondre Jones’ 1-yard touchdown run with 2:25 left in the first half.
But a 78-yard kickoff return by Tim Taylor set up Shannon Simpson’s 1-yard touchdown run, putting Lancaster up 21-14. Taylor had two second-half touchdown receptions from Chris Thomas.
Jones had 108 yards rushing in the first half.
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