Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

Green Dragons take on Titans


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Lake Placid faces a long bus ride in traveling to Naples tonight to take on Golden Gate.

The Green Dragons are looking to bounce back against the Titans after committing a number of turnovers in last Friday's 44-7 loss to Cardinal Mooney.

The Class 4A Green Dragons have a 1-1 record, while the Class 5A Titans are 1-2 after dropping a 42-13 decision to powerhouse Barron Collier last Friday.

Lake Placid is focused on hanging on to the ball in tonight's non-district game.

"We were in last week's game until we started putting the ball on the ground," said Green Dragon coach Jason Holden. "We just had way too many turnovers and mistakes and you're not going to win many games playing like that."

Golden Gate likes to run a spread offense and the Titans have the ability to run or throw the ball with equal effectiveness.

"Golden Gate uses the spread offense and they have some talent and speed in the backfield and at the wide receiver position," Holden said. "They are very disciplined and are very similar to Cardinal Mooney.

"Hopefully we learned something playing that same style last week and we'll be cable capitalize on it."

The Titans use a 4-3 front on defense and the Green Dragons will have to do a better job of blocking if they want to be able to run against a quick Golden Gate unit.

"We have to get off the ball quicker," Holden said. "We need to get our blocks and stay with them if we want to be bale to run the ball.

"Golden Gate is very aggressive on defense, but we match up well with them physically pretty much and we have to play hard and at a higher level."

Lake Placid has a bevy of talented backs running the ball, but senior Eldon McKenzie is nursing an injury and will be a game-time decision against the Titans.

The Green Dragons are looking for a big win to build some momentum heading into next week's homecoming game against Poinciana.

Lake Placid begins district play on Oct. 4 at home against the LaBelle Cowboys.

"We have a long bus ride but we have to come out with a lot of energy to start the game," Holden said. "We have to hold on to the ball to give ourselves a chance.

"We haven't practiced much this week because of the weather, but this would be a big win for us and would put us in good shape heading into next week."

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Lake Placid at Golden Gate

Where: Golden Gate Stadium

When: Tonight at 7

Cost: $5

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