On October 28, the Fort Lauderdale High School football team faced the Cypress Bay Lightning in a thrilling comeback win, 29-34.
The Flying L’s offense struggled in the first half, failing to score until late in the second quarter. However, the defense was ready to rumble.
Patrick Boyd Jr. (12) answered not too long after, scoring his first of four touchdowns, putting the Flying L’s on the board before halftime. After another Cypress Bay touchdown, the Flying L’s entered halftime down 15-6.
The first half, we made a few mistakes, both on offense and defense,” said coach Richard Martin. “ The coaches decided that we needed to put the ball in the best player’s hands, and that was Patrick Boyd. When we decided to go with him as quarterback and alternate him with TJ Nelson, we ended up with over 400 yards, and you cannot get better than that.”
However, the game wasn’t over just yet. Cypress Bay scored two unanswered touchdowns within the span of a minute. The Flying Ls were able to pull through and win the game 34-29, breaking their four-game losing streak and improving their record to 5-4.
Patrick Boyd Jr. spoke on his mindset going into the game, and how Senior Night pushed him to put up an incredible performance.
“I just played my part,” Boyd said. “When I came to school that day, I told Coach that I was going to leave it all on the field. Then during the game, my dad got my attention and said he needed four touchdowns. It was good to win because we needed that to bring our spirits back up.”
Fort Lauderdale High faces off against Stranahan High in the annual Homecoming game tonight at DRV PNK’s Lockhart Field at 7:00 p.m.
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