The Lake Placid football team has had a successful season with a 6-4 record and a spot in the Class 4A state playoffs.

Lake Placid opens the playoffs tonight against the LaBelle Cowboys. A team the Green Dragons beat on the road by a score of 32-18 the first week of October.

LaBelle is 7-3 on the season and the Cowboys are coming off a tough 54-48 loss to Moore Haven last week.

LaBelle is a lot like Lake Placid in that both teams like to run the ball and control the tempo of the game.

“LaBelle is a good football team and has improved since we played them,” said first-year Lake Placid head coach Andy Judah. “We have improved as well and we know it’s going to take a solid effort for us to win this game. We have to execute, play assignment football and not turn the ball over.”

Lake Placid’s potent rushing attack is diversified with quarterback Shamar Mitchell and running backs Katwan Ward and Javarie White capable of scoring on any play.

Running the ball effectively was a key to Lake Placid beating LaBelle last month.

“We were able to run the ball pretty well against LaBelle,” coach Judah said. “They run a 4-4 defense and will stack the box against you. I think we’ll see some different things from them, but we just have to make the right adjustments during the game. We have three talented players and that makes us tougher to defend.”

Lake Placid has worked hard in practice this week to be at peak form for tonight’s playoff game.

“Practice has been good this week but not great,” said Judah. “We know what is in front of us and we’re excited about the opportunity to compete in the playoffs.”

Kickoff is set for 7:30 tonight at Cowboys Stadium.

“It should be a great atmosphere for a high school football game,” Judah said. “The people in LaBelle really support their team. I know we’ll have our fans following us and we’re going to go down there and do our very best to win the game.”

A Lake Placid victory would move the Green Dragons into a regional semifinal next week. There will be score updates during the game on the Highlands News-Sun Facebook page.


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