Well, if you’ve read my tweets, you know Eastchester’s 44-42, triple-OT win over Lakeland was about as epic a regular season game as you will see. In fact, epic might be the most appropriate word to describe a game that lasted 3:35 and had more twists than the Bronx River Parkway.
The players who hail just a short jog from that very parkway proved no hurdle was too great tonight. Check out my game story below to read some of the adversity Eastchester overcame to beat Lakeland. You can also check out the video attached, which includes Ryan Thomas’ game-tying field goal with seven seconds left and Eastchester’s spontaneous celebration after the defense stopped Lakeland’s final play.
Just an awesome, crazy game.
SHRUB OAK They trailed by 20 points, had a 95-yard touchdown called back for an inadvertent whistle and missed the winning extra point. Heck, even the lights went out as the Eastchester Eagles tried for one last defensive stop.
“Have you ever seen anything like this in your life?” coach Fred DiCarlo said.
For the Eastchester football program, maybe not. The Eagles survived a dramatic triple-overtime thriller that lasted three hours and 35 minutes to stun Lakeland 44-42 Monday night.
Will Tracy scored his fourth touchdown from 20 yards out on the second play of the third overtime. Still, as was its way all night, Eastchester needed to survive again. The defense stopped a two-point play that would’ve tied it when Lakeland’s Brian Prunty threw incomplete.
Prunty had just thrown a touchdown to Greg Lenane to pull the Hornets within one. Both team had scored and missed extra points on the previous possession after both failed to score in the first overtime.
The wild night included a 20-point comeback that started late in the first half. It also was nearly compromised when senior Mike Marsico returned Tracy’s blocked field goal 95 yards for a touchdown but the play was called back 65 yards because of an inadvertent whistle.
The Eastchester sideline was incensed, but the offense promptly drove to tie it 27-27. The Eagles took the lead with under two minutes on a 32-yard field goal by Nick Clemente with 1:16 remaining in regulation.
That left Lakeland with 1:16 to drive for the tying score, but the teams were forced to wait 15 minutes for the culmination when the lights dimmed suddenly. The delay came before a dramatic fourth-and-3 for Lakeland from the Eastchester 44. When play resumed, Prunty picked up the first down on a keeper. He then threw a pair of completions to position the ball at the 17. Kicker Ryan Thomas drilled a 34-yard field goal with just seven seconds left to send the game to overtime.
Tracy finished with 136 yards and the four touchdowns on 25 carries. Lakeland’s Anthony Capozzi had four touchdowns, including an 88-yard kickoff return that helped the Hornets build a 20-0 lead in the first half. Prunty finished 13 for 20 for 203 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Lakeland lost senior Jimmy Flaherty in the first quarter to an injured left shoulder. The running back led the team with 1,200 yards rushing in just eight games last season.
Eastchester played the second half without Steven Ngwande, who injured his left knee in the second quarter.