The Silver Lake high football team was close in their last game, but they were unable to keep moving along the playoff bracket.
The No. 3 Lakers were met with a difficult challenge as they faced one of the best teams on the South Shore, the No. 2 Milton Wildcats in the Division 4 South Semifinal game on the road. Milton threw well and was able to beat Silver Lake, 20-14, in Milton last Friday night.
Milton struck first in the contest, throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead. That would not silence the Lakers, however, as they were able to strike back
Early in the second quarter, the Lakers put down a big hit on Milton’s quarterback. This caused a fumble which Lakers defensive lineman Matt Powell was able to pick up. The Lakers drove downfield for about three minutes and finally, Tanner Boyd ran in a QB sneak from a yard out with 6:23 left in the first half. He also ran in the 2-point conversion, giving his team an 8-6 lead.
In the third quarter, Milton enjoyed continued success with their no-huddle offense and had a 7-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to go up, 20-8. It was their second touchdown of the quarter. Late in the game, however, the Lakers started to rally back. They forced their opponent to turn the ball over on downs and on the seventh play of their new drive, Boyd ran in a 2-yard touchdown to put his team within six points with under a minute left to play.
This, however, would not give the Lakers a chance at a comeback. Milton was able to recover the onside kick and did a couple of quarterback kneels to run down the clock to zero.
Following the loss, the Lakers moved on to play Plymouth South on Thursday, Nov. 9 in a road consolation game. Now, their next game is at home on Thanksgiving against Pembroke (10:00 a.m.).