BRANDON — Allen Lewis caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Jones with 58 seconds remaining to cap a late rally as Brandon edged Lakewood Ranch in a Kickoff Classic. A’Shawn Angel ran 2 yards for his third touchdown of the game as the Mustangs pushed their lead to 21-10 with 9:45 left in the fourth quarter. The Eagles pulled within 21-16 on Dontae McGee’s 43-yard run with 4:09 left in the contest and failed on the 2-point conversion. Lakewood Ranch drove into Brandon territory in the final minute and attempted a 51-yard field goal for the win, but it was blocked by John Gianino as time expired. “I saw some resilience from our kids and I’m proud of them,” Brandon coach Dean Eychner said.
Quarterback Chad Rex rushed for 110 of his 144 yards in the first half as the Mustangs built a 14-7 lead. Angel broke several tackles on the way to a 25-yard score with 8 minutes left in the second quarter to open the scoring and also ran 5 yards for a touchdown 5:10 later. Jones bulled in from 5 yards out with 25 seconds left in the first half for the Eagles. Lakewood Ranch 0 14 0 7 — 21 Brandon 0 7 3 13 — 23 LR—Angel 25 run (K. Thomas kick) LR—Angel 5 run (K. Thomas kick) B—B. Jones 5 run (Beacom kick) B—FG Beacom 37 LR—Angel 2 run (K. Thomas kick) B—McGee 43 run (run failed) B—Lewis 50 pass from B. Jones (Beacom kick)