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Football: Lanni sneaks Century past Francis Scott Key

Throughout high school, Century senior quarterback Adam Lanni has fought through twisted and sprained ankles.

So when it happened again, after slipping on a rain-drenched field in the fourth quarter of his senior homecoming game, he knew what to do.

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Get the ankle taped. Walk it off. Make do.

A clearly hobbled Lanni scored the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds remaining in a 19-14 win over Francis Scott Key Friday night.

Lanni's 1-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak sealed Century's fourth straight win (4-1, 2-0 county). His score was set up by his 10-yard scramble, where he was just fast enough, hobbled ankle and all, to get away from FSK defenders.

He hurt his ankle on a fourth-quarter punt, of all things. He slipped on the muddy turf and needed assistance from the Century trainer.

Nothing a little tape couldn't fix.

"I was not going to come out of the game," Lanni said.

Century coach Jim Holzman credited Lanni for showing senior leadership. After trailing for much of the second half, the Knights had one last possession to salvage a quality result. Lanni kept the drive alive with two completions.

Lanni's two runs ended it.

The quarterback sneak was a difficult play to call, Holzman said. The Knights were out of timeouts with 10 seconds left.

"If he doesn't score, it would have been over," he said. "We wouldn't have had time to get another play off."

But Lanni pushed his way into the end zone, prompting an enthusiastic celebration with teammates. The Century student section, dressed in mostly black rain gear, cheered from the home bleachers.

"They were out here in the bad weather the whole game," Lanni said, referring to the Century fans. "We could not let them down."

FSK (0-4, 0-2) came seconds away from ending a losing streak that dates back to 2013, but has now reached 14 games.

Eagles senior running back CJ Goon had 26 carries for 142 yards and also had a 72-yard kickoff return that set up a Corey Hood touchdown reception. The score cut Century's lead to 13-7 with 4 minutes remaining in the second quarter.

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Century held an early lead courtesy of a 6-yard Lanni touchdown run and a 91-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior Jake Lettiere.

But FSK's defense, anchored by linemen Jacob Nuckles and Justin Schemm, mostly held the Knights offense in check, even after Eagles junior lineman Tommy Mahoney left the game with a lower-body injury that required a trip to the hospital via ambulance.

Goon's 3-yard touchdown early in the third quarter gave FSK a 14-13 lead. It appeared that might be the decisive score. But the Knights were able to rally, once again finding a way to win in difficult circumstances.

"It's a shame that anyone had to lose that game," Holzman said. "I feel for FSK."

Lanni credited the Eagles for playing tough through extremely difficult weather conditions. A steady rain fell throughout, leaving the Century High field muddy and drenched.

When the game ended, a few Knights did a celebratory slide through the water-logged grass. After the postgame huddle, Lanni watched his teammates run off for celebrations with friends and family.

Lanni decided to take it easy on his ankle. He walked away while the wind whipped the American flag behind one end zone and soaked spectators rushed back to their vehicles.

"What a game," he said.

Century 7 6 0 6 — 19

Francis Scott Key 0 7 7 0 — 14

SCORING SUMMARY

C-Adam Lanni 6 run (Christian Bergmaschi kick)

C-Jake Lettiere 91 interception return (kick failed)

FSK-Corey Hood 16 pass from Camden Cregger (Jake Gosselin kick)

FSK-CJ Goon 3 run (Gosselin kick)

C-Lanni 1 run (attempt failed)

UNOFFICIAL STATISTICS

Rushing

FSK-CJ Goon 26-142, Derek Harvey 2-0, Camden Cregger 2-2; C-Brandon Brown 18-74, Johnny Pearson 7-18, Jake Lettiere 1-5, Patrick Hunter 8-25, Adam Lanni 8-28, Steven Shinholt 1-2, Owen Gams 1-11

Passing

FSK-Cregger 7-15-1 94 ; C-Lanni 6-15-1 51.

Receiving

FSK-Corey Hood 5-65, Tobias Henderson 1-20, Jordan Bosley 1-9; C-Lettiere 1-2, Hunter 2-26, Johnny Pearson 1-4, Anthony Perrone 1-9, Brown 1-10.

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