ORLANDO – Lake Gibson and Carol City went toe to toe on Saturday night at Camping World Stadium.
The Chiefs (11-3) held Lake Gibson to 89 total yards of offense in a 14-6 victory to capture the Class 6A state championship in front of a reported crowd of over 6,715 people.
It marked the first state title for Carol City since 2003.
Two one-yard rushing touchdowns by Nay’quan Wright proved to be enough for Carol City. His first score put them ahead 6-0 in the third quarter and again 14-0 in the final quarter.
Wright’s 51-yard yarder set up the Chiefs’ first score as he nearly made it into the endzone. He finished the game with 109 rushing yards on 18 carries. Cameron Davis paced him with 13 carries for 75 yards.
The Braves (13-1) scored on a huge 4th and 12 from the Lake Gibson 20-yard line on a Mytrevious Link catch with six minutes left. The extra point attempt was blocked by the Chiefs.
With just over two minutes left, Irshaad Thomas intercepted a deep Kevaris Thomas pass at the Carol City 43 yard line. The Chiefs ran five more plays and the rest was history.
The two teams had back to back interceptions in the opening quarter as Joshua Hayes had a pick for Lake Gibson and Donelle Thomas had one just two plays later.
Rapper and Carol City graduate Rick Ross made an appearance at halftime on the Chiefs sideline. It sparked Carol City as the momentum shifted towards them.
— Jake Perper (@JakePerper) December 10, 2016
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