(Bradenton, FL) Brian Poole’s 65 yard touchdown run with 3:12 left in the fourth quarter lifted the Southeast Seminoles to a come from behind 21-20 victory over Lake Wales in the 3A regional quarterfinals Friday night at Kiker Stadium. Southeast will host a regional semifinal on Friday November 26 against Winter Haven which defeated Braden River 41-16.
It was sweet revenge for the Seminoles who were knocked out of the playoffs one year ago by Lake Wales. For most of the game, the Highlanders held Southeast’s potent offense in check intercepting quarterback Dyron Speight three times and bottling up receiver Bo Brand.
After a Desmond Blue interception of Lake Wales quarterback Justin Shafer lead to the Seminoles first touchdown in the first quarter, the Highlanders running game controlled the pace and the time of possession battle until late in the fourth quarter. Lake Wales mounted a 95 yard scoring drive to tie the game at 7 midway through the second quarter on Shafer’s 13 yard run into the end zone. A Marcelo Bonani 34 yard field goal gave Lake Wales a 10-7 lead going into halftime.
Jonte Sergeant capped off a 73 yard drive with a 44 yard touchdown run putting Lake Wales up 17-7 late in the third quarter. Daquand Marion’s second interception of Dyron Speight on the Seminoles next possession appeared to give the Highlanders its second straight playoff win over Southeast. Marcelo Bonani’s 42 yard field goal all but sealed the deal.
Southeast facing another home playoff loss to Lake Wales came back with two quick scores late in the fourth quarter. Dyron Speight connected with Calvin Williams on a 66 yard touchdown pass with 5:56 remaining in the game to pull within 6 points, 20-14. After a three and out by Lake Wales and starting on its own 25 yard line, Southeast took the lead when Brian Poole burst out of the backfield and ran down the far sideline 65 yards for the eventual game winning touchdown.
Southeast’s Jared Williams led all rushers with 147 yards. Lake Wales running back Antonio Groover had 100 yards on 15 carries while Kevin Prioleau carried the ball 21 times for 83 yards.
In other Manatee County playoff games on Friday, the Manatee Hurricanes remained undefeated knocking out St. Petersburg Northeast 35-13 at Hawkins Stadium. Manatee will host Venice in the 5A regional semifinal on Friday November 26th. Palmetto’s season ended with a 23-3 loss in Cape Coral. Likewise for Braden River who fell to Winter Haven 41-16. Lakeland Victory Christian defeated ODA 17-6 in the 1B playoff.
Sarasota Millionaires broadcasters Doug Miles and Hall of Fame Coach John Mackler called the game which can be heard by clicking here. The post game recap is attached to this article.