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Lake Villa-9/07/12, Fri./Lakes High School #6 Justin Bergeron, of Lakes looks for a couple of extra yards after catching a pass vs. Lake Forest. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media
David Glynn caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Clifford with 5:01 left to play to break at 13-13 tie, and visiting Lake Forest held on to beat Lakes 20-13 on Friday in a non-conference football game.
The scoring play came three plays after Lake Forest stuffed Lakes QB T.J. Edwards, who was trying to run for a first down on fourth-and-2.
Lakes then drove down inside the Scouts’ 25, but couldn’t get inside the 20-yard line.
Until that moment, the contest was about as even as it could be.
The game was tied 7-7 at halftime and 13-13 after three quarters.
The first half was almost a feeling-out process, with both teams probing and searching for plays that would produce positive yardage.
Nothing came easy as both defenses dominated for the most part.
Lakes struck first, capitalizing on its first drive of the game after a poor punt set the Eagles up at the Lake Forest 38.
Andrew Spencer got the points from 3 yards out, as the pile moved from the line of scrimmage en masse into the end zone.
Lake Forest countered later in the first quarter, with senior QB Andrew Clifford completing a 33-yard TD pass to David Glenn. That capped a 65-yard drive.
The rest of the first half featured some good offensive plays, some good defensive plays, and some penalties — but no points.
Lakes moved up 13-7 in the third period when Spencer made a highlight-reel grab of an Edwards pass for a 24-yard score. With a Lake Forest defender right at his back, Spencer leaped for the catch and came down with the ball.
Lake Forest immediately responded, marching the length of the field on seven running plays. Stephen Cirame’s 9-yard TD run with 2:44 left in the third period got the game even and set the stage for an exciting finale.
“Fourth-down plays are obviously huge plays. We make a point to practice pressure situations like that,” Lake Forest coach Chuck Spagnoli said. “Somebody has to make a play. Fortunately for us, we got it done.”
For the game, Clifford completed 13-of-25 passes for 162 yards and 2 TDs. Glynn caught three balls for 95 yards and the two scores.
For Lakes, star running back Direll Clark carried 29 times for 139 yards. Edwards was 6-of-11 passing for 82 yards and one score. He also rushed eight times for 30 yards.