The Lakeland Tigers bravely clawed their way back from an early 34-point deficit, scraping out a 72-71 Game One win over the high-flying Florida Lions, Saturday, February 2 at Largo Sports Complex in Largo, Florida.
That result helped ease the sting of a 74-46 Game Two Lions victory that left both sides happy with a split result on the evening, as Florida remains in the #2 position on the Major League Footy 2018-19 Premiership Season ladder with a record of 4-4 (16 points).
The Tigers’ Game One win also moves Lakeland into the #3 seed with 8 weeks remaining on the campaign.
The Top Three sides on the Premiership Season ladder qualify for the Major League Footy Championship Finals.
With Dustin Jones making his first 2019 appearance for the yellow and black, the Tigers roared back from an early series of body blows in Game One, as Tom Mathew and Kyle Roun helped the Lions successfully force game play, pinning Lakeland in, and consistently following up with accurate kicking.
Jones and tall Adham Makki turned the tables in a second half played in heavy – but thankfully, brief – rain showers, as Lakeland ran out shock one-point winners.
Game Two, however, saw Florida return to their earlier form, en route to a 28-point win punctuated by supergoals from Mathew and Roun.
Major League Footy Week Twelve action sees the Suncoast Suns (2-2, 8 points) battle for their own chance to potentially climb into playoff position, as they tussle with St. Petersburg Starfish FC (1-3, 4 points), Saturday, February 9 in St. Pete.