Maybe it took longer than they wanted, but the Silver Lake High football team was able to prevail on homecoming last Saturday.
In overtime, the Lakers were able to pull off a 20-14 win over the Quincy High Presidents. With the win, the Lakers improved to 3-0 on the year.
The first quarter of the game was rather uneventful. There was no score, although it would not take the Lakers much time at all to take the lead. Midway through the second quarter, Phil Lashley punched in a 4-yard touchdown run to put his team up 6-0.
With three minutes left in the first half, Quincy ended up taking the lead. They returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown. Their extra point attempt was good, which gave them a 7-6 lead. Even so, they would not go into the locker room for halftime with a lead.
The Lakers retook the lead on fourth down with five seconds remaining in the first half. Quarterback Tanner Boyd connected with Diamani Williams on a 25-yard touchdown pass. The Lakers also had a successful 2-point conversion, giving them a 14-7 lead.
In the second half, the Lakers gave up another touchdown and Quincy hit their extra point. Since the Lakers could not score in the second half, the game went into overtime.
The Lakers defense was sharp; they prevented their opponent from scoring on their first overtime possession.
When the Lakers got the ball, however, it did not take them long to score. On their third play, Lashley, who ran for over 150 yards on the day behind a stout offensive line, punched in a 3-yard touchdown to give his team the lead and the win in overtime.
The Lakers move on to face Hingham on the road this Friday, Sept. 29 (7:00 p.m. start).