LAKEWOOD — Week 3 was a potentially pivotal one for the Legacy football team in 2019.
Having opened the season with losses to Class 4A No. 2 Broomfield and Bothell (Wash.), the Lightning traveled to face Lakewood on Thursday night looking for its first win of the season. Also hoping to avoid its second straight 0-3 start, however, Legacy’s return to Trailblazer Stadium for the first time since 2001 didn’t bring with it the outcome the Lightning boys had hoped.
Despite several valiant comebacks, Legacy fell 26-23 on the road to the Tigers.
“What a crazy ending,” Legacy head coach Corey Heinz said. “Give them credit. They made the plays when we didn’t and they finished when we didn’t. It’s a tough one. But I’m proud of my guys though. I’m proud of my guys.”
Lightning sophomore Mason Dickerson intercepted a pass with 4 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first quarter and returned the ball to the Lakewood 1-yard line. But a fumbled snap ruined the Lightning’s first early opportunity at getting on the board. A missed 36-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining in the initial frame left Legacy trailing 6-0 to start the second quarter.
Running back Dakota Key, who is now second in Legacy football history in rushing yards, put the Lightning on the board with a 7-yard touchdown run with 2:05 left in the first half and a 37-yard field goal by John Hoyland as time ran out gave the Lightning a 10-6 lead going into the break.
Lakewood retook the lead with a 52-yard touchdown pass from Jason Doung to Jackson White in the third quarter, and Doung later threw a touchdown pass to Barrett Jensen early in the fourth that put Lakewood ahead 19-10.
Legacy’s Brayden Harris found Jacob Duran for a 90-yard scoring pass that cut the lead to two points with 10 minutes left. It was the longest pass play in Legacy football history, according to Lightning scorekeeper Douglas Dietel.
Hoyland put Legacy ahead 23-19 with two more field goals in the final 5:16 of the fourth quarter.
“John’s good,” Heinz said. “He’s a college kicker, that’s what he is.”
With 1:25 left, however, Doung hit Keondre Beauty for a 66-yard touchdown that gave Lakewood a 26-23 lead. A Legacy interception later, Lakewood was in a kneel-down formation at the Legacy 1-yard line but a bad snap pushed the Lakewood offense back out of easy field goal range.
The Lightning blocked the ensuing field goal and got the ball back at its own 10-yard line with 57 seconds left and no timeouts but couldn’t pull off the improbable game-winning drive.
Legacy will be back in action next Friday when the Lightning travel to face Eaglecrest.