The Silver Lake High football team played a highly-contested bout on Thanksgiving this season, but this year it was the town, who used to be a part of the school district which came out on top.
Both teams battled, but Pembroke came out with a 25-28 win over the Lakers at Pembroke High School on Thursday morning.
Early in the contest, the Pembroke Titans controlled the game. They scored a pair of touchdowns to go up 14-0 in the first quarter.
With about five minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Lakers responded when Diamani Williams took a punt return to the end zone for a touchdown. This and an extra point kick from Tyler Duggan made it a 14-7 game. On the final play of the first half, Tyler Boyd rushed for a 10-yard touchdown.
The Lakers also hit their extra point kick, tying the game at 14 apiece.
Boyd gave the Lakers the lead with 6:29 remaining in the third quarter on a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line. Their PAT was successful, putting the Lakers up 21-14.
With 9:24 remaining in the ballgame, Pembroke took the lead. They intercepted Boyd and took the ball to the end zone. Pembroke also had a successful 2-point conversion pass to go up 22-21. Just five minutes later, the Titans had another rushing touchdown to go up 28-21.
The Lakers reacted quickly, however, with a 65-yard run from Phil Lashley that put the team in the red zone. From there, Boyd ran in the game-tying touchdown and Duggan kicked the extra point, tying the game at 28-28 with under two minutes remaining.
After this, the Lakers went for an onside kick–but they were not successful. With the ball, the Titans were able to find some success on the ground. This included a 30-yard run that put them in Lakers territory. With 35 seconds left, they rushed in a 5-yard touchdown and kicked an extra point to go up 35-28.
The Lakers had one more chance at scoring after that, but Pembroke intercepted them again, hampering their comeback effort.
With the loss, the Lakers finished their season at 6-5.