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No. 5 Ocean Lakes football rallies in second half to beat Tallwood
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No. 5 Ocean Lakes football rallies in second half to beat Tallwood

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Staring a halftime deficit in the face on the road against unranked Tallwood, fifth-ranked Ocean Lakes knew they needed to ramp up their intensity. They did just that, and it was enough for Ocean Lakes to earn a tougher-than-expected 31-17 win over Tallwood on Friday night.

The Dolphins started fast, as terrific senior Andrew James used his versatility to his advantage, ripping off a 45-yard run to set up a field goal, plus catching a 19-yard touchdown pass, giving the Dolphins an early 10-0 lead. However, the Lions rallied to take a 14-10 lead into halftime.

From that point on, it was all Ocean Lakes. The Dolphins’ defense played with more urgency, led by versatile defensive end Ethan Mapstone. The third quarter also featured two Dolphins touchdowns, coupled with two Lions turnovers. A 13-yard touchdown run from dual-threat quarterback J’Quarius Robertson put the Dolphins ahead 24-14 midway through the third quarter. Tallwood cut the lead to 24 17 heading into the fourth quarter, but Ocean Lakes was able to seal a hard-fought win with a late touchdown.

Fifth-ranked Ocean Lakes (4-0) will prepare for a huge home showdown with fellow unbeaten and third ranked Green Run on Friday night. Tallwood (1-3) will try to bounce back in a road matchup with Kempsville.

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