There hasn’t been a boring ‘Lake Caloosa Clash’ yet. So, why start in 2017?

LAKE WALES — There hasn’t been a boring ‘Lake Caloosa Clash’ yet.

So, why start in 2017?

Trailing rival Warner by 11 points early in the fourth quarter, the Webber International offense needed a spark. The Warriors had already missed three field goals and spent more time in a punt formation than they did in the red zone.

But strange things happen when Webber and Warner meet. That was the case on Saturday.

The Warriors scored 15-unanswered points in the final quarter to steal a game from their crosstown rivals, 18-14, in front of around 1,200 fans at Legion Field.

”We just kept positive,” Webber quarterback Garry Chouloute said. “The first two quarters, we couldn’t get anything. We would just drive down the field and fall short. At halftime, we talked to each other, bought in to each other, came out in the second half and executed our plays.”

Special teams, an issue for Warner since it began playing football five years ago, were again a prime culprit in Saturday’s collapse.

Backup punter Nicholas Whidden couldn’t handle a low snap, fielding the ball on a knee to kill the down and turn it over. That gave Webber its best field position of the day at the Warner 25 with 11:31 to play.

It was the spark the Warriors (5-4, 3-2 MSC) needed.

They zipped down the field behind Chouloute, who completed 26-of-42 passes for 209 yards. The junior scored on a 5-yard keeper before hitting tight end Matthew Fling on the ensuing two-point conversion.

That made it a field goal game with 10:21 to go.

“We had to believe in each other,” said Chouloute, who notched his first win over the Royals as a starter.

Warner (4-6, 2-3 MSC) spent most of the day in control. Quarterback D.J. Davis, who missed last week’s game with a groin injury, guided the Royals to a 14-3 lead by completing 15-of-21 passes for 202 yards. He tossed touchdown passes to Jeff Suarez and Justin Jackson in the second quarter.

However, the slippery runner was not himself on the ground, which limited the Warner offense.

Davis was forced from the game early in the fourth quarter after taking a big hit on a sack. His backup, Andre Tommie, struggled, and the lack of a consistent passer opened the door for an opportunistic Webber defense.

Warner turned the ball over on Tommie’s first possession as senior tailback Bryant Benton (19 carries for 85 yards) fumbled at the Webber 45 yard line after converting a first down with 8:11 to go.

“Threw it away,” Warner head coach Rod Shafer said. “They played a good game. They stayed in there and, offensively, we just made so many silly mistakes. (Benton) is a great athlete, but the sad thing is he had the first down and we go in and then we run the thing out.”

Chouloute — along with backup Jalen Cayo — guided the Warriors right back down the field.

Chouloute completed 3 passes for 30 yards while Cayo, as the wildcat quarterback, ran for 24 of his 51 yards on the drive. Tailback Austin Logue, who ran for 47 yards, bullied his way into the end zone to put the Warriors ahead for good with 5:10 to go.

Davis returned on the Royals’ final drive but, after taking a sack on third down, his fourth down bomb to Suarez floated harmlessly out of bounds with 3 seconds left in the game.

“We got a little momentum in the second half,” said Webber head coach Kelly Scott. “When you play Warner and Webber, it’s going to go down to the wire. It always has. It was a lot of fun for the seniors, I’m really proud for those guys.”